First position in the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities at South Korea

Kartik Sawhney, a sudent of class XII I of our school was selected to represent India at the Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities. The event was organised by the Korean Society for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, in collaboration with the Govt. of South Korea. It was held at Incheon, South Korea from the 30th October to 2nd November, 2012. It was an official associate event of the Incheon International Conferences on Disability including the UNESCAP High Level Meting on Disability.

The competition consisted of three events: E-Tool (Excel challenge), E-sports and E-life (web browsing challenge). Kartik secured the First Position in the E-Tools event, winning a laptop and other awards. In fact, Kartik was appreciated personally by the chief judge for his stupendous performance. One of his poems was also selected as the `best poem`. He recounts his experiences in Korea as enriching and rewarding. The competitive environment was itself intellectually stimulating.

Kartik has been a high achiever. Recipient of the National Talent Search Scholarship, Junior Science Talent Search Scholarship and the prestigious National Child Award for Exceptional Achievements, he has achieved distinguished ranks in various National and International olympiads including the 1st All India Rank in the National Cyber Olympiad, 4th International Rank in International Informatics Olympiad, 10th All India Rank in the National Science Olympiad, among others. He has been a `Class Topper` for five consecutive years. He is the first visually challenged student in the CBSE Board to take up Science at the Sr. Secondary Level. Besides, he has also won the `Gold Medal` in English Word Processing (15+ years) at the age of 16 in 3rd National Abilympics 2010 held at Jabalpur, India and was selected to represent India at the 8th International Abilympics at Seoul, South Korea

He is also a talented singer, and has several National and International performances and awards to his credit. He has performed for the former President of India, Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam, President of Austria, Princess of Thailand, Prime Minister of India, Chief Minister of Delhi, among others. He has also qualified for the Final Level of the prestigious National Bal shree Award (Presidents Award) (top 40 students). Kartik is also an avid debater, and has won the `Best Delegate` award at all the five Model United Nations conferences that he has participated in.

Kartik has also been working for the empowerment of the underprivileged. He has served as the Child Right’s Ambassador of the Children’s Advisory Board of Plan India, an organization working for the protection of the rights of the underprivileged children. In this capacity, he has lead several National and International advocacy programs. He has also been the `Resource Person` for the Computer Literacy Program of the National association for the Blind. He is also an active member of the Young Voices Group of Leonard Cheshire Disabilities, raising his voice against the injustice meted out to disabled.

Kartik has also authored several research papers. One of his paper titled `Accessibility is a Right` has been selected to be published by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in its flagship publication `State of the World’s Children Report` 2013. Kartik is also developing a program which returns textual descriptions of the figures found in the textbooks published by the NCERT. It is in recognition of these achievements that he has also been selected as the `Head Boy` for the academic session 2012-2013.