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City boy Sharad Vivek Sagar (21) is making waves with his out-of-the-box initiative.

His Dexterity School of Public Speaking, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship (DexSchool) is the first-of-its-kind initiative, where some of the world’s leading entrepreneurs, inspirational leaders and highly reputed professionals teach students to achieve their dreams, how to build upon their entrepreneurial and leadership skills and how to convert their ideas into action or enterprise.

Sharad is the founder and executive director of Dexterity School of Public Speaking, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship. In the past five years, Dexterity Global has engaged over 2,50,000 students in more than 46 countries across six continents.

According to Sharad, the need for democratisation of education brought the thought of Dexterity School to his mind. “Team Dexterity believes that information is power and they wish to work to ensure that the power of information is accessible to each kid, irrespective of where he belongs to and what he dreams of. Dexterity aims to provide the appropriate exposure to each kid and wishes to provide each kid with the resources that were unavailable to them,” said Sharad.

“The kind of people we meet in our life have a huge impact on the kind of person we become, and hence, Dexterity School aims to create a platform, where each kid can be given an opportunity to meet their mentors and learn from them in the most informal manner,” he added.

Within five years, Sharad has spearheaded the mission at Dexterity Global with passion, intensity, and vision. He has spoken at over a dozen international podiums and won several prestigious and international awards. In 2010, he featured among top two young change makers from India and among top six change makers from the state a few months later. In 2011, he was listed among the top 50 heroes of Bihar and went on to receive the UN-sponsored World Summit Youth Award for most effectively using information communication and technology for development.

This year, the Dex School has been organised at St Xavier’s College, Patna, with 40 students from not just across the country but from other countries too coming along to be part of the forum.