GlobalScholar (USA), one of the world's largest online learning portals and EducationWorld, an education news and analysis magazine, announced winners of the Young Achievers Awards 2009. The awards aim was to acknowledge and inspire young achievers (between 12- 25 years of age) across India, in four fields of endeavour – Science, Maths and Technology, Arts and Music, Social Work and Sports. The winners were announced at the unique celebratory convocation held in Mumbai. Each winner received cash prize and exciting gifts, along with their trophies at the Young Achievers Awards 2009 ceremony in Mumbai. Winners included Chelsey D'Souza for Arts and Music; Rekha for Sports; Anirudh Anand Bapat for Science; and Jaimeet Gandhok for Social Work.
The Guest of Honor Dr. Indu Shahani, Hon. Sheriff of Mumbai said, 'Awards always help students to improve their efficiency and performance beyond the classroom. I am really pleased and proud to be associated with these young achievers, who will serve as inspiration to all children and youth countrywide. ' The scrutiny of applications/nominations was carried out by a panel of six esteemed judges comprising of Hari Verma, VP, Operations, GlobalScholar; Neena Paul, Assistant VP, IL&FS ETS; Dilip Thakore, Editor, EducationWorld, Bangalore; Dr. D.P.N. Prasad, Chairman, Leprosy Mission Trust India and Dr. Vijayam Ravi, Chairman & MD, Academy of Global Education Services private ltd. and Satya Divi, Managing Director, Education First. The panel of judges stated that it was hard to shortlist the winners as there is immense talent amongst today's youth with great ideas and passion to excel.