Three Indians on 22 June 2015 won the inaugural Queen's Young Leaders Award in the UK for taking the lead in transforming the lives of others and making a lasting difference in their communities. These winners are Ashwini Angadi, Devika Malik and Akshay Jadhao.
These three Indians are among 60 others who received the Queen's Young Leaders award from the British monarch at a gala ceremony in Buckingham Palace. The first 60 recipients of the Queen's Young Leaders Award will meet the Queen Elizabeth II and David Cameron.
Ashwini Angadi was awarded for using her own experiences as a visually impaired student to lobby for more braille and audio books. She runs Belaku Academy in Bengaluru, offering education to disabled students from rural areas.
Akshay Jadhao won for his efforts in launching education and skills courses in the rural farming region of Vidarbha, Maharashtra. While, Devika Malik was chosen for her Wheeling Happiness Foundation which promotes inclusion, raises funds for disabled people and promotes equality for those with disabilities.
The award does not come with any cash incentive, but offers each of the winners a year-long mentoring opportunity through an online course. The award will run for a period of 4 years and the search is already on for the next round of 60 with a vision to cover each Commonwealth country by 2018.
About Queen's Young Leaders Award
Queen's Young Leaders Award was set up by Queen Elizabeth II to recognise exceptional young people from across the Commonwealth. It was launched by her grandchildren Prince William and Prince Harry in 2015.
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust presents this award to recognise young people from across the 53 countries of the Commonwealth who are taking the lead in transforming the lives of others.
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