Meet the 18 Under 18

The 50 Finalists

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Meet the Jury

Anupam Roy
Anupam Roy
Singer and Musician
Anupam Roy is a National Film Award-winning singer, songwriter and music director. From Amake amar moto in Autograph to the Journey Song in Piku, this singer-composer is the sound and voice of a generation.
Dibyendu Barua
Dibyendu Barua
Chess Grandmaster
Dibyendu Barua is India’s second chess Grandmaster. He has won the National Championships thrice and is a recipient of the Arjuna Award. He is the director of the Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy.
Dr Jai Ranjan Ram
Dr Jai Ranjan Ram
Dr Ram is a leading psychiatrist with an MD in Psychiatry from NIMHANS, Bangalore, an MRCPsych from UK and CCST in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is also the co-founder of the Mental Health Foundation-Kolkata.
Joydeep Karmakar
Joydeep Karmakar
Olympic Shooter
Joydeep Karmakar is a shooter who finished 4th in the 2012 London Olympics. An Arjuna Award winner, he has represented the country in all leading tournaments. His academy, in Kolkata and Howrah, is grooming the next generation of shooters.
Kunal Basu
Kunal Basu
Author and Professor
Kunal Basu has authored seven novels and a collection of stories in English, and four novels in Bengali. His latest novel, In an Ideal World, spotlights the India of today. A painter and a photographer, he also teaches at the University of Oxford.
Paoli Dam
Paoli Dam
Paoli Dam is a leading actress of screens big and small, of languages Bengali and Hindi, and of formats film and web series. From Kaalbela and Mahanayak to Bulbbul and The Great Indian Murder, Paoli is quite the trailblazer.
Partha Pratim Chakrabarti
Partha Pratim Chakrabarti
Professor and ex-Director, IIT Kharagpur
Partha Pratim Chakrabarti is professor at IIT Kharagpur and an ex-director. He is principal investigator of the National Digital Library of India and has won the President’s gold medal and the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize.
Paul Walsh, MBE
Paul Walsh, MBE
Founder, Jungle Crows
Paul Walsh gave up a diplomatic career to work with underprivileged children in Kolkata. Jungle Crows, the rugby club he founded, promotes sport for development under their Khelo Rugby programme
Sreenanda Shankar
Sreenanda Shankar
Actor, Dancer & Makeover Consultant
Actor/ Dancer… /Makeover Consultant… that’s who Sreenanda is on Instagram! For the daughter of Tanushree and Ananda Shankar, and the granddaughter of Uday and Amala Shankar, dance and the performing arts are in her DNA.

Our Partners

Educators' Testimonials

  • Mr. Arnab Chandra
    Rector, Vivekananda Mission School, Joka, Kolkata
  • Ms. Sangeeta Tandon
    Principal, Shri Shikshayatan School, Kolkata
  • Ms. Renuka Bama
    Principal, Ruby Park Public School, Kolkata
  • Mr. Sumithran K
    Principal, Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Yingkiong
  • Dr. N.K. Dutta
    Founder & Principal, Miles Bronson Residential School, Guwahati
  • Ms. Damayanti Mukherjee
    Principal, Modern High School, Kolkata
  • Mr. John Stephen
    Acting Principal, La Martiniere for Boys, Kolkata
  • Mr. Akshay Agrawal
    Program Coordinator / Chief Research and Training Development, Mount Litera Zee School, Jamshedpur
  • Ms. Indrani Sanyal
    Principal, Delhi Public School Megacity, Kolkata
  • Ms. Nupur Ghosh
    Vice Principal, Mahadevi Birla World Academy, Kolkata
  • Fr. Jilson Chollanal
    Principal, Holy Cross School, Agartala
  • Ms. Abha Sharma
    Principal, BSF Senior Secondary School, Shillong
  • Ms. Suvina Shunglu
    Founder Principal, Sri Sri Academy, Kolkata
  • Ms. Sanjukta Correa
    Rector, St. Judes School, Kolkata
  • Mr. Amit Kumar Das
    Headmaster, DAV Model School, KSTP, Asansol
  • Ms. Reshma Bhattacharya
    Principal, Indus Valley World School, Kolkata
  • Ms. Anjana Saha
    Principal, Mahadevi Birla World Academy, Kolkata
  • Mr. Tushar Bhardwaj
    Dean of Activities, Assam Valley School, Assam
  • Mr. Kiranjeet Singh Pannu
    CEO, Apeejay Schools, Kolkata | Haldia | Bhubneshwar
  • Ms. Kavneet Khullar
    Founder Principal, Akshar School, Kolkata
  • Mr. John Andrew Bagul
    Founder Principal, South City International School, Kolkata
  • Ms. Loveleen Saigal
    Principal, Birla High School, Kolkata
  • Ms. Suparna Roychoudhury
    Principal, Hollotoli School, Nagaland
  • Mr. Raja McGee
    Principal, Calcutta Boys School, Kolkata
  • Ms. Jhuma Biswas
    Principal, St. Augustine's Day School Barrackpore, Kolkata
  • Dr. Terence Hamilton Ireland
    Principal, St. James School, Kolkata
  • Mr. Sunil Kumar Maiti
    Principal, Jubilee Memorial School, Mokokchung, Nagaland

About Us

The Telegraph Edugraph brings to you Eastern India's first-ever awards ceremony to recognise and reward 18 young achievers under the age of 18.

Titled 18 under 18 Awards, this initiative aims to spot emerging talent in different fields and inspire students to keep following their dreams.

A flagship event, the 18 under 18 Awards will see participation from schools located in Eastern India - West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

The Awards will be mentored and judged by some of the most respected names in academia and industry, and a cross-section of achievers from various walks of life.

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All-round performance

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Nomination Criteria

Students up to the age of 18 years can be nominated for the Awards by their respective schools located in Eastern India in any of the mentioned categories.

Excellence and significant contribution by a student in a particular category or their all-round performance will be the criteria for nomination.

Each school can send in a maximum of five nominations, which may be decided by their respective Principal, Director or academic heads.

Nominations are now closed.


Nomination Process

  • Once nominations close, 100 entries will be shortlisted by Team Edugraph.
  • Then, a team of educationists and editors will identify 50 students from among those 100 entries.
  • A special jury panel will conduct one-on-one interviews, online, with the 50 students and choose the Final 18.


  • Each school can nominate a maximum of five students
  • Participating school Principal/Academic head has to send in the nominations
  • A student can be nominated for demonstrated excellence in any one of the mentioned categories or for overall performance
  • All nominations to be done online


Nominations open
03, 2021
Last date of submission of nominations
5, 2022
Team Edugraph will prepare shortlist of 100 students from all entries
second week, 2022
Video Interviews of 50 shortlisted students with the Jury commence
second week, 2022
Shortlist of 50
students announced
first week, 2022
Winners to be felicitated at a grand awards ceremony in Kolkata
third week, 2022

Winner gratification

Each of the 18 winners will receive

trophy Trophy
trophy Certificate of

The remaining finalists (among the top 50) will receive a Certificate of Participation


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