Atul Jaiswal is a doctoral candidate at School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Canada. In India, he previously worked for five years as an Occupational Therapist, disability rehabilitation social worker, and Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) professional. He is a Tata Institute of Social Sciences gold medalist for his Masters of Social Work in Disabilities Studies and Action. He is a recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarship and currently pursuing his doctoral research at Queen’s University on deafblindness in India. Atul is dedicated to improving the lives of those facing disability and injustice in India. He has shown great persistence in pursuing projects that increase access to basic rights and resources for people with disability. He was instrumental in initiating a successful advocacy campaign (resulting in sanction of INR 15 million from Ministry of Railways, Government of India) to build a foot bridge at the Vangani railway station, which provided safety for 350 people with visual impairment who were previously risking their lives everyday.
Kanksha Mahadevia Ghimire
Kanksha is an LLM (Master of Laws) student at the University of Toronto specializing in law and development. She has worked for 9 years with premier law firms in India and Vanuatu in the field of governance, regulation and corporate law. In Vanuatu she advised a statutory regulator, and taught at the University of South Pacific, School of Law. Throughout her career, she has been dedicated to volunteerism. She has provided pro bono legal services to a women’s rights organization in Nepal, advocating to change laws that perpetuate gender inequality. Similarly, she plans to utilise her legal expertise to advocate for Indigenous and South Asian women in Canada.
In memory of Pradeep, this scholarship is awarded to a student who demonstrates academic excellence, drive, leadership, self-reflection, and a desire to use their privileged education in order to give back to their community, and who has financial need.
This scholarship is distributed through IC-IMPACTS, an organization dedicated to furthering research collaboration between India and Canada and infrastructure development in India. Pradeep served on the Board and was dedicated to seeing this organization further its cause.