Sharad went to school for the first time at the age of 12 on a scholarship. In school, he excelled in academics and sports, coached schoolmates in public speaking and on policy issues and represented India globally. Sharad volunteered over 20 to 30 hours every week with local non-profits and designed innovative campaigns on child rights, government school education and the idea of a dream school. For the non-profits Sharad volunteered with, he moderated public meetings, hosted discussions for children and youth, designed websites, offered technology support and edited and published newsletters. Sharad moderated over 300 discussions for more than 20,000 children and youth on topics ranging from education to public service and published over 200 newsletters.
Incredibly popular and much respected in the student body, Sharad was elected to the highest offices in the student government. He top scored in major academic competitions and Olympiads, won at several national and international debate and quiz competitions and secured multiple scholarships. In recognition of his academic achievements and leadership acumen, Sharad was inducted into the National Society of High School Scholars, an honor society run by the descendants of Sir Alfred Nobel.
By the time Sharad graduated high school, he had represented India at major intergovernmental and UN platforms in Japan, South Korea, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India, chaired major UN town halls and meetings for youth and served on the drafting committees of youth declarations and policy proposals. In 2008, Sharad, while still a Grade 9 student, founded his own startup Dexterity Global to extend the same opportunities to future young leaders.
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