TIME’S annual list needs no introduction. People seek for it, admire it and get inspired through it. The selected ones are the world leaders who look to the world with a different perspective and share ideas that are utmost practical and amicable.
Since ages, Indians were known for their sharp and quick thinking abilities. As such, several times in the history, Indians made it to TIME’s list. As such, the past year 2018, was also special in this regard. Three Indian-origin students were named among the 25 most influential teens of 2018 for achieving illustrious milestones in various fields. Let us have a closer look at those brilliant minds:
- Kavya Kopparapu: Kavya Kopparapu is a passionate non-profit leader, accomplished innovator, great public speaker, and a student at Harvard University.
Adding prominence, Kavya is the founder and CEO of GirlsComputingLeague, an organization that aims to empower underrepresented groups in the technology workplace by fostering the interests of young women in computer science, data science, and technology.
As per the TIME magazine, “her focus is to develop targeted therapies that are unique to the person.” For the same, she unfolded a computing technology that can scan slides of tissue from brain cancer patients looking for differences in density, colour, texture and cellular alignment. This shall pave way to unique methodology in treatment that varies from person to person.
- Amika George: Amika George is a bold woman who aims to mitigate a situation where poor girls are even unable to afford a sanitary napkin during their periods. She calls this poverty as “period poverty” and aims to put a full-stop to it. It was only after she saw a news report about how girls missed school because they could not buy sanitary pads that she decided to start her campaign. Her campaign reached millions of people and she attained support for it. Resultantly, her strong opinion eventually garnered the support of UK policymakers, galvanizing the government to allocate funds to the issue for the first time.
- Rishab Jain: This amazing young teenager created an algorithm to improve pancreatic cancer treatment. Pancreatic cancer is an impending disease that according to one report, has just a 7% five-year survival rate.
Ito give a context, it is quite difficult for the doctors to deploy radiation treatment thereby hitting the right part of the pancreas but the algorithm developed by Rishab uses machine learning to help doctors zero in on the pancreas during cancer treatment. This is an important milestone that has shall help the doctors to a large extent.