Prakhar Pranjwal (born September 19, 2002) is an Indian entrepreneur and researcher known for his significant contributions to various fields, particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). Despite facing early challenges accessing educational resources in a rural village in Bihar, India, Prakhar's unwavering determination and passion for STEM subjects propelled him towards a remarkable journey of achievement and community impact.
Early Life and Background[edit | edit source]
Prakhar Pranjwal's early life was marked by a profound interest in STEM subjects, despite limited access to resources and educational opportunities in his village. His relentless pursuit of knowledge enabled him to overcome these challenges, laying the foundation for his future endeavors.
Career and Achievements[edit | edit source]
Prakhar's dedication to computer science led him to acquire over 30 skills in just four years. His versatility opened doors to research opportunities in global organizations, where he chose a path less traveled, prioritizing a meaningful life over conforming to mainstream expectations.
Community Engagement and Global Initiatives[edit | edit source]
Prakhar actively participated in global conferences and youth organizations, using these platforms to communicate his vision for community empowerment and action. He notably founded the "ETY program," providing free educational bootcamps and resources on a global scale, collaborating with experts from prestigious institutions such as NASA.
Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic[edit | edit source]
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Prakhar and his team at MEDzine provided free and affordable medical resources to hundreds of families, addressing critical shortages of medical supplies.
Notable Research Contributions[edit | edit source]
One of Prakhar's significant contributions includes his involvement in the Ataal Yaan (Reusable Launch Vehicle) Project.
Awards and Recognitions[edit | edit source]
Prakhar Pranjwal has received numerous awards and recognitions for his outstanding contributions, including:
- IIFA Youth Icon
- GFA Rashtriya Prerna Puraskar (Inspire Award)
- GSS2022 Global Scholar (2 times)
- MGS Harvard Summer Scholar
- Columbia Business School Scholar (Summer)
- WBR - 2 IEFA Best Researcher
- Chatra Ratna Nation Youth Icon
- Young Turks - 2023
- NFA - 2023 Bihar Bhushan
- Most Inspiring Entrepreneur and Social Worker
- Top 20 Global Leaders - AEIOU
- Global Peace Ambassador
Personal Background[edit | edit source]
Prakhar Pranjwal hails from Mokama, a small town near the city of Patna, and his inspiring story of resilience, hard work, and leadership serves as a beacon of hope to thousands of young people worldwide. Despite limited resources and a challenging accident that temporarily disrupted his academic path, Prakhar's determination, skills, and leadership abilities have propelled him to become one of the youngest global and Asian leaders, inspiring countless young individuals to make a positive impact on the world.
Prakhar's early achievements in science, technology, computer science, and research, including space research, set the stage for his leadership journey. He established an innovation camp at his school to support students interested in science, furthering his leadership initiatives.
Through participation in leadership programs, competitions, and conferences, Prakhar learned the importance of leadership and joined organizations such as IGN, AYES, and Youth Assembly - UNHQ (New York). He was also recognized as one of the top 20 global leaders in the AEIOU leadership program and received awards from top universities for his Eco Effort Initiative.
Currently, Prakhar serves as a senior ambassador at NYAS, IISRC, SSPI, AIRI, and as a researcher in over 35 organizations, where he actively contributes to making a positive impact on the lives of thousands of young people globally through programs focused on healthcare, education, climate change, and social impact, including the "ETY PROGRAM."