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April 6 2016, 11.14 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

Rahul Bose, film personality and social activist encouraged the finalists with his presence at the awards ceremony. The programme has received nominations from 23,000 students across 1200 schools in India since 2010 and recognized 500+ students for impactful community service

Gurgaon: The 6th annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards programme felicitated Nikhiya Shamsher, a class VIII student of Greenwood High School, Bangalore and Deeya Shroff, a class XI student of Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai with top honors in the Individual. Category, for their extraordinary contribution to community service. They were selected from over 5,000 nominations received from school students across India. The winners were presented with Gold Medallions, Certificates of Excellence, a cash reward of Rs. 50,000 each, and a return trip to Washington, D.C. in May 2016. While in Washington, D.C., the winners will represent India in the global felicitation ceremonies for The Spirit of Community Award winners from eight participating countries across the world. The awards were presented to the gold medalists in the presence of Rahul Bose, film personality and social activist. Nikhiya is the founder of two initiatives – ‘Bags, Books & Blessings’ and ‘Yearn to Learn’ that facilitate education facilities for underprivileged children. Through her initiative ‘Yearn To Learn’, she has set up 11 laboratories in three schools in Bangalore, which has benefitted over 2,250 students in the region. Deeya has impacted the lives of 1200+ individuals through her project ‘Jal Jeevan’ that she undertook in collaboration with Eureka Forbes that provides clean and purified drinking water through water ATMs to 300 families in rural India.
social activist. Nikhiya is the founder of two initiatives – ‘Bags, Books & Blessings’ and ‘Yearn to Learn’ that facilitate education facilities for underprivileged children. Through her initiative ‘Yearn To Learn’, she has set up 11 laboratories in three schools in Bangalore, which has benefitted over 2,250 students in the region. Deeya has impacted the lives of 1200+ individuals through her project ‘Jal Jeevan’ that she undertook in collaboration with Eureka Forbes that provides clean and purified drinking water through water ATMs to 300 families in rural India.
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