16-year-old Chandigarh student selected for Google’s special programme

Harshit Sharma

A Chandigarh student has been selected by the internet giant Google for icon designing.

Harshit Sharma, who completed Class 12 from the Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 33, this year, will be leaving for the US in August.

Selected for Google’s special programme, he will be trained initially for a year. During this period, he will receive a stipend of Rs 4 lakh per month. On completing the training, he will receive Rs 12 lakh per month.

The information was released by government officials on Saturday. They said Google has told him to join by mid-August.

Hailing from Mathana in Kurukshetra, Haryana, the 16-year-old had taken up information technology in Class 12.

“I kept searching for jobs online,” said Harshit. “I applied for this job in May, and was interviewed online. I have been interested in graphic designing for the past 10 years. I was selected on the basis of the posters I designed.”

Harshit’s parents are teachers. His younger brother studies in Class 10. During his time at the school, he stayed with his uncle at Dera Bassi.

Deep Kiran, one of his teachers at GMSSS-33, described Harshit as a “brilliant student”.

School principal Indra Beniwal said: “Harshit is an all-rounder. He has brought laurels to our school.”

Beniwal said Harshit also received an award of Rs 7,000 under the Prime Minister’s Digital India scheme.

“Our school got the smart school status in 2016. Harshit helped the teachers in various programmes, as he has a knack for technology,” she said.




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