Ex student of our school ,Chaitanya Venkateswaran recently became the British high commissioner to India for a day .The 18-year-old won the ‘High Commissioner for the Day’ contest organised by the mission in the run-up to the International Day of the Girl Child, which is on October 11. As the UK's senior most diplomat in India, Venkateswaran spent the day hading out task to the high commission's department heads, interacting with senior female police officers, meeting the press, and launching a study tracing the impact of British Council STEM scholarships on Indian woman participants. Keeping in mind Covid-19 safety precautions, Venkateswaran participated in the effort through video-conferencing.
A student of international studies and economics at Wahington's American University, Venkateswaran has been an active volunteer in the field of disability, working with visually challenged students, acid attack survivors and marginalised LGBT groups.
"As a student of international studies, the day gave me a look behind the scenes in to the complexities of work that diplomats do. My day was full of diverse experiences, which have really broadened my prospective on the role of women and their representation in fields of media, policing and STEM, " Venkateswaran said after her day-long stint got over.
"I am now more determined than ever to use my new knowledge and experience to help promote equitable treatment of women everywhere, " she added.
Jan Thompson, acting high commissioner to India, said the contest has been organised anually by the British high commission since 2017. "It is an exciting platform to show young women that anything is possible. I hope Chaitanya's story will inspire others, like it did me, and I wish her the very best for what is undoubtedly a bright future ahead," Thompson said.
The annual competition is open to Indian women aged 18 to 23. This year, entrants were invited to submit a one-minute video on social media on the question - 'What global challenges and opportunities do you see for gender equality in the age of Covid-19?' Venkateswaran's entry was selected from over 200.