Three Indian-origin youth named in Time’s list of 25 most influential teens

Highlighting the achievements of Indian youth across the world, three Indian-origin students have been named among the 25 most influential teens of 2018 by Time magazine for making a mark across numerous fields.

Indian-Americans Kavya Kopparapu, Rishab Jain, and British-Indian Amika George are among the group who have become an inspiration for youngsters across the world.

Indian-Americans Kavya Kopparapu (left), Rishab Jain (centre) and British-Indian Amika George. Photo courtesy: Twitter
Indian-Americans Kavya Kopparapu (left), Rishab Jain (centre) and British-Indian Amika George. Photo courtesy: Twitter

Rishabh Jain, who is in eighth grade and lives in Oregon, has developed an algorithm that can possibly be a cure to pancreatic cancer. The 14-year-old developed a software tool that during simulations, was shown to help doctors zero on the pancreas more accurately, ideally improving treatments, according to Time magazine.

18- year-old Kavya Kopparapu is a freshman at the Harvard University. She 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.

She developed the system after learning how the survival rate of glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, has not improved since the past 30 years.

According to Time magazine, her goal is "to develop targeted therapies that are also unique to the person."

Amika George, a 19-year-old, 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.

"It really upsets me," she tells the magazine on learning that many girls in the UK were routinely missing school during their periods because they could not afford to buy menstrual products.

"The government knew this was happening on their watch, but they were refusing to find a solution," she said.

She launched the #FreePeriods campaign as a response, gathering nearly 200,000 signatures on her petition to help eradicate period poverty; 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.