20 year old Rajasthan girl spent a day as British High Commissioner to India

Aditi Maheshwari is the fifth winner of the ‘High Commissioner for the Day’ competition. (file)

New Delhi:

Twenty-year-old Aditi Maheshwari from Rajasthan has recently become the British High Commissioner to India for a day.

Ms Maheshwari, who is pursuing her graduation in physics from Delhi University’s Miranda House College, won the ‘High Commissioner’s Day’ competition held annually since 2017 to celebrate International Girl Child Day on October 11, the British High Commission said in a press release.

Ms Maheshwari, who aspires to join the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), is the fifth winner of the India edition of the competition.

As the UK’s top diplomat in India, Ms Maheshwari experienced a variety of diplomatic activities on Friday. He oversaw the India-UK Energy for Growth Dialogue with Ministers Raj Kumar Singh and Kwasi Quarteng, the release said.

She met climate experts from the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), beneficiaries of a leadership program for aspiring female politicians funded by the Chevening Alumni Program Fund, who signed the UK in India Pledge for Progress to show their leadership Gender equality and youth leaders in the non-profit Global Youth,” the British High Commission reported.

Ms Maheshwari’s busy day also included a practical demonstration of the I-PACE – Jaguar’s zero-emissions, all-electric performance SUV – used by world leaders at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow next month.

Talking about her experience, Ms. Maheshwari said, “I applied for the competition last year as well and I am really happy that I got a chance. Interaction with senior diplomats and women of the ‘She Leads’ leadership program There were two key points. Personal highlights of the day for me.”

“I also enjoyed being driven around in an electric vehicle by the High Commissioner. The amount of work both Britain and India are doing to tackle issues like climate change and gender inequality has really made me hopeful as a young woman I will cherish it. Days for a long time to come,” she said.

The UK and India are working together to help ensure that women and girls reach their full potential.

According to the release, applicants for this year’s competition were invited to submit a one-minute video answering the question: ‘How can youth best support to tackle the global challenge of climate change? ‘

Alex Ellis, Deputy High Commissioner for the day (on other days, High Commissioner to India), said, “It was a pleasure for me to work with Aditi throughout the day. Her confidence and thoughtfulness on important issues like climate change and women’s rights has been channeled through her.” Shine from. The UK is working with India to provide a platform to help young women like Aditi reach their potential.”

“I am delighted that so many young girls sent in their entries for this year’s competition, which focused on climate change. Women are disproportionately affected by climate change and are often left out of their decision-making. UK One Committed to hosting an inclusive COP26 that advances gender equality by calling on all countries to implement the Gender Action Plan agreed upon at COP25.”

In India, the British High Commission is working with state governments, law enforcement agencies, education authorities and British businesses to promote gender equality.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NB staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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