Karik Sawney being presented with the
‘National Child Award for exceptional achievements 2009’ by Dr. Karan Singh

On 14th November 2009, Kartik Sawhney, a student of Delhi Public School, R.K.Puram was awarded the ‘National Child Award for Exceptional Achievements 2009` for his varied talents and academic excellence, by Dr. Karan Singh, Hon’ble Member of Parliament and President, ICCR and Smt. Krishna Tirath, the Hon’ble Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Women and Child Development, Govt. of India at an impressive award ceremony held in Vigyan Bhawan. This National Award is instituted for exceptional achievements to give recognition to children with exceptional abilities who have achieved outstanding status in fields such as academics, culture, arts, sports, music etc. One child from each State is honoured with this award every year. Kartik received a cash prize of Rs. 10000, a certificate, a citation and a `Silver Medal`. According to Kartik, without the continuous support and encouragement from his school it would not have been possible for him to scale such great heights.

Kartik Sawhney was born on 22nd June 1994 and is presently in ninth standard. He has never allowed his physical disability (being visually challenged) to be a block in his quest for excellence. Kartik has topped his class with over 97% marks for the past four years and has an extraordinary record in co-curricular activities as well. He is a recipient of many awards and prizes in competitions at National and International levels. He has won a ‘Gold Medal’ in Computer Skills – Speed and Accuracy in a National Level Competition organized by the National Abilympics Association of India and was ranked 1st in the 8th National Cyber Olympiad, besides securing 4th Rank in the International Informatics Olympiad 2008. He is an NTS National scholar for the year 2009.

He is also a talented singer who has given many stage performances before the distinguished gathering including the Hon’ble President of India, Vice President, Prime Minister and other high celebrities. In June 2007, he also performed in Austria as a member of the `Global Children’s Choir for Peace`. Kartik is an Ambassador of the Children’s Advisory Board (CAB) of Plan India, an NGO working for the protection of child rights.