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TEDxYouth @Chennai >> STARS Line-up >> Jayakrishnan

karthick sundar   November 19th, 2010


A Chartered and Cost Accountant by qualification, V. Jayakrishnan is the secretary of Padma Sarangapani Matriculation group of schools in Chennai. He is the founder director of V.V.Rajan & Co. Pvt. Ltd., a leading Publishing house in Chennai. The company publishes 300 titles of school textbooks, which are being used by 3,500 schools in South India. In the last 5 years, the company has diversified into many fields like newspaper publishing, with its 13-edition neighbourhood newspaper, Apollo Times, real estate-Vaikund Estates and educational multi media- Digi Class. It has recently entered into a partnership with an American firm to supply Standard Aptitude Test(SAT) books for American schools.

A dynamic entrepreneur, Jayakrishnan has introduced many innovations in the school. He has been responsible for introducing effective teaching methodologies in the school like using mind mapping and using technology and multi media for effective learning. He is the brain behind the annual Science Expo- Synergy in which he ensures that every student participates, with the motto- Learning by Doing. His networking skills, good market sense and visionary approach have made him a leader in the field.

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TEDxYouth @Chennai >> STARS Line-up >> Manoj Chelvanambi

karthick sundar   November 19th, 2010

Manoj is currently a standard 12 student of Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, Kilpauk. Constantly driven by the need to make his surroundings a better place to live in, Manoj has made a significant contribution by joining the Young Indians (Yi) student body. He had always volunteered for the pro-social events organized by this body; one of which includes carnivals for the specially able on the World Disability day. He is also one of those students who sees a limitless number of domains where he can exert his influence. He is an avid quizzer and has taken part in a number of local as well as national quiz competitions.

He also enjoys performing arts. For which, he is elected as the cultural secretary of his school. He extends his interest in sports for socially benefitting activities like for being a pack leader in cycle rallies organized by the ‘Young Indians’ against cyber crime. Manoj is also a long time tennis player who has consistently been ranked in the top 15% in the nation. He was a part of the South Indian delegation for the Young Indians national summit, 2010, held in New Delhi where he was one of the 8 speakers across the nation to speak in a national showcase event on India’s development. Being a science student in school, Manoj has taken part in ecological conservation events in the reserve forests of Nanmangalam and has volunteered to promote afforestation on World Environment day as a part of Yi. Manoj is one of those students who stays positive and never looks back. He can be described, in one word, as eclectic.

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TEDxYouth @Chennai >> STARS Line-up >> Nikila Srinivasan

karthick sundar   November 18th, 2010


Nikila Srinivasan is a computer science engineer with a passion for writing and technology. Having completed her bachelors degree in engineering at Chennai, she is currently a graduate student at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, DC. Studying Global Communication, she specializes in information technology and communication in international affairs. Nikila has been a professional writer since she was 15 and was a columnist for a national youth magazine for over four years.Her successful column was compiled into two books that have received great response. She also authored a book about the history of a universal temple in south India. Nikila was an active organizer of a national youth personality pageant, ‘The Teen of the Year’ for over five years, after she won the national title ‘Teen of the Year 2003′. She has been instrumental in building a strong team of young organizers who continue to take the youth movement forward.

Nikila holds the unique honour of being one of India’s torchbearers during the Athens 2004 Olympic torch relay, an event that went down in world history as the first of its kind for the Olympics. She was one of the handful of civilians chosen for the honour. Nikila has been part of a vibrant, young magazine ‘The Score Magazine’, based in Chennai. She continues to stay on board the magazine as the Editor-in-Chief, working remotely. ‘The Score Magazine’, in print since 2007, has grown to become a niche music magazine that caters to the local music scene while incorporating diverse and global musical elements and has recently expanded to Bengaluru as well. Nikila is an avid reader, music enthusiast, and writer. She has been a speaker at the prestigious Fortune Global CEO Forum, representing the Indian youth and was also recognized by Google India as a finalist for their Women in Engineering award. She hopes to merge her love for technology, creativity and communication for a career in international development and management while pursuing her diverse interests.

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TEDxYouth @Chennai >> STARS Line-up >> Balaji Lakshmanan

karthick sundar   November 18th, 2010

Balaji Lakshmanan is the founder and CEO of Geeky Technology & Consulting (, working in Robotics and Embedded System space. He did his MS by Research in Computer Science with specialization in Robotics and Robot Learning from IIT Madras. He has published two international papers in IEEE conferences and has reviewed a paper for international conference. He also has two provisional international patents to his credit from USPTO. He was one of the fifty selected international students to attend student entrepreneurship summit at Stanford University, USA.

Balaji is passionate about Robotics and has made a number of robots from mini mobile robots to Humanoid robots. His company makes mobile robotic solutions, embedded systems products and Do it yourself kits for
students. He has also conducted Robotics workshops in colleges and schools and has covered over 1000 students. He truly believes that robotics can kindle young minds towards creativity and imagination.

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TEDxYouth @Chennai – STAR – Satish Sikha

karthick sundar   November 17th, 2010

Satish Sikha, a simple man with a not so simple mission. A mission that will not only benefit the
planet, but the entire mankind. An Endeavour to save the planet, takes him all across the world
from the North Pole to the south with a kilometer long silk fabric, longest in the world, with ‘Go
Green’ messages from all over the planet, from important dignitaries, who join hands with him
in this noble task.

He is a man with a heart, a man who gave up his flourishing career as a couture designer
alongside great names like Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Eli Saab, Armani or as a hotelier or a
cinematic veteran to save this planet.

Inspired by his own health shortcomings, he wanted to spread awareness as to the importance
of a green healthy planet. His aim is to ensure that every human being has at least one tree
flourishing within 10 ft. radar of his abode. Realizing the importance of life, the superficiality of
material things, he strongly believes that service to mankind is the only path to salvation. One
must dedicatedly serve god and believing children are the reflection of god himself; Satish has
thus dedicated his life to Creating environmental awareness among children from around the
world from Arctic Ocean to Antarctica Ocean.

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