VIBGYORHigh – Marathahalli student Monish Singhal wins ‘The Fall 2019 challenge onGenomics’ at New York Academy of Sciences

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VIBGYOR High – Marathahalli student Monish Singhal wins ‘The Fall 2019 challenge on Genomics’ at New York Academy of Sciences

Bengaluru: Monish Singhal, a Grade 10 student studying in VIBGYOR High – Marathahalli was invited to the ‘Global STEM Alliance Summit 2019’. He was a part of the team ‘Fighting 7000’ which won ‘The Fall 2019 challenge on Genomics’. The summit was organised recently at the headquarters of the New York Academy of Sciences, a prestigious organisation whose members range from celebrated biologist, Charles Darwin to the renowned astrophysicist Chandrasekhar Subrahmanyan and reputed physicist Nikola Tesla.

The winning team ‘Fighting 7000’ comprised of five other international high school students and a professional mentor, who together secured this prize. They provided an end-to-end four-part solution, covering several aspects including the identification and treatment of rare genetic disorders. The team defined primary problem as: “Creating rare disease testing program”, to encourage genome sequencing at birth, and developing a rare disease test kit that is affordable, reliable, and simple to use and ensuring the protection of patient’s personal data when they are shared with research institutions, and empowering local communities with access to rare disease expert consultations. As a part of the winning team, Monish and his teammates presented their solution to the officials at the challenge sponsors Medidata and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals during the summit.

“I had always dreamt of being a researcher in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics], with the dream of changing the lives of millions of people. The project was an eye opener for me to the reality behind rare diseases. In India alone, there are about a million people who are known to be affected by rare genetic diseases. However, there is no government  policy on the same granting relief to such people who have to bear the brunt of luck, and shell out several thousands of rupees monthly just to stay alive.’’ Said Monish Singhal.

This remarkable achievement earned a hearty word of appreciation from the honourable Principal of VIBGYOR High – Marathahalli,  Mr. Ramesh T R, who wished Monish and his team all the luck for their future endeavours.

About VIBGYOR Group of Schools:

Founded in 2004, VIBGYOR Group of Schools recognised as ‘India’s Most Admired Brands in Education 2018-19’, is a leading chain of Schools known for its quality education and academic excellence. VIBGYOR Schools offer a unique range of world-class educational services for the holistic development of students in curricular and co-curricular studies. Under the leadership of Mr. Rustom Kerawalla, Founder Chairman of the institution, VIBGYOR Group currently has 39 schools in 14 major cities, reaching out to more than 55,000 students nationwide. VIBGYOR High caters to the students from Grades 1 to 12 and VIBGYOR Kids to the Pre-Primary segment with a student-teacher ratio of 10:1 on an average. VIBGYOR Group’s recent addition is a chain of schools offering CBSE Board curriculum- VIBGYOR Roots (Pre-Primary division) and VIBGYOR Rise (a Primary and Secondary School) which addresses the increasing demand for educational institutions and impart quality education with a wider outreach. VIBGYOR High provides a mixed spectrum of national and international levels of education, in affiliation with CISCE, CBSE, and Cambridge InternationaL world & city national News, Follow akramannationaltv.com

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