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Meet Seher Taneja, innovator, researcher and entrepreneur from New Delhi, India

Updated: Aug 21, 2023

“Indians face a myriad of challenges, ranging from health to sanitation and from transportation to the environment. Growing up in a family of doctors, I have always wanted to carry this legacy of healing and service forward through my research and innovation-driven projects. Pioneering community-driven, tech-integrated healthcare forms the bedrock of my academic leanings.

I founded “Abhigyata-Be The Rainbow In Someone’s Life,” a student-to-student awareness program on organ donation that equips them with knowledge to initiate family discussions on this forbidden topic. I contributed to health awareness through an informative website, social media platforms and webinars reaching out to almost 10,000 people across India.

Frequent school closures in Delhi due to poor air quality also led me to explore the respiratory consequences of air pollution. My study was published in Harvard’s Journal of Emerging Investigators and its abstract in British Medical Journal Paeds Open and it prompted me to contemplate our collective climate action apathy and co-author a petition on reinforcing climate literacy within the school curriculum.

The last 4 years have seen me work on a wearable device, SWAR, that converts sign language to text and speech using an app that will help in decreasing the communication barrier between signers and speakers. With only 250 certified interpreters for a population of 18 million, India is severely in need of greater social inclusion and public accessibility to resources and assistive aids.”

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