The Time magazine has named three Indian-origin students among the 25 most influential teens of 2018 for making a mark across numerous fields.
Reportedly, British-Indian Amika George and Indian-American Kavya Kopparapu and Rishab Jain, are among the group who have become an inspiration for youngsters across the world.
Currently studying in eight standard, Rishabh Jain lives in Oregon and has developed an algorithm that can possibly be a cure to pancreatic cancer. According to Time magazine, the 14-year-old developed a software tool that, during simulations, was shown to help doctors zero in on the pancreas more accurately, ideally improving treatments.
Whereas, 18-year-old Kavya Kopparapu is a freshman at the Harvard University. Apparently, she has developed a deep-learning computer system that can scan slides of tissue from brain cancer patients looking for differences in density, colour, texture and cellular alignment that are unique to that particular person’s case.
The system was developed by her after learning how the survival rate of glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, has not improved since the past 30 years.
As per the Time magazine, her goal is “to develop targeted therapies that are also unique to the person.”
19-year-old, Amika George aims to convince policymakers to end ‘period poverty’, as she calls it, by funding the distribution of menstrual products to girls and women who cannot afford them.
On learning that many girls in the UK were routinely missing school during their periods because they could not afford to buy menstrual products has really perturbed her, she told Time magazinee.
Amika George has launched the #FreePeriods campaign as a response, gathering nearly 200,000 signatures on her petition to help eradicate period poverty. Notably, the movement eventually garnered the support of over a dozen UK policymakers, galvanising the government to allocate funds to the issue for the first time.