Kerala boy’s dream of online networking platform to take him to Germany


Trivandrum: Chaithanyan Prakash, an 8th standard student at the Christ Nagar School in the capital city, has won a scholarship from the Goethe-Institut for a three-week trip to Berlin in July. Chaithanyan’s presentation on the topic of ‘Internet Participation among the Youth Today’, won him this trip to Berlin.

He will be part of a group of 30 children from India who have been selected for this trip on the basis of a competition held earlier this year. The jury found his presentation exploratory and thought-provoking which included his dream of “a non-profitable online platform for the youth of this world to share their views and worries so that we can make this world a better place for all of us” and also “Will there be another Zuckerberg coming? If not, I will try it later!”

The scholarship to Germany covers all his travel expenses, accommodation and a three-week language course at the Goethe-Institut in Berlin. The highlight of this visit is going to be the meeting with the German Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel at the Chancellor’s Office in Berlin.

“I never thought that my love for German would land me such a wonderful gift and I am very thrilled to meet the most powerful and respected woman political leader Angela Merkel”, said Chaithanyan upon hearing about the scholarship.

Every year, the Goethe-Institut awards several scholarships to young learners and teachers of German to attend courses in Germany. Gowri Devi from All Saints College is another youngster who will also be travelling to Germany this June for a higher-level language course.

“By providing such opportunities, the Goethe-Institut intends to open new avenues for the youth to enrich their language proficiency and expand their intercultural and academic competence”, said Dr Syed Ibrahim, Director of Goethe-Zentrum in Thiruvananthapuram.

Chaithanyan has been learning German at the Goethe-Zentrum for the last six years.

Kerala IT News


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