I am Gaurav Lohkna and I reside in Gurgaon, India. My familial roots go back to a small town in Uttar Pradesh. After the demise of my father in 2017, my mother is the only earning member in the family (of 5 members) with a salary of around Rs. 12000 per month which is not enough to have some savings or anything. She has taken up two jobs to make our ends meet.
About the Fellowship
I have been offered admission to the Plaksha Tech Leader Fellowship (TLF) in partnership with UC Berkeley and Purdue University and I am one of the 60 handpicked fellows from diverse backgrounds. The first-of-its-kind, TLF interweaves Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) with real-world application, leadership, and mentorship. Having top-notch faculty from MIT, Stanford, Cornell, University of Cambridge, NTU Singapore among others.
The need for a fundraiser
I have been awarded a 100% tuition fee waiver worth Rs. 11.2 lakh and currently, I am faced with a challenge to accumulate the remaining fees of hostel, meals, and study material i.e, Rs. 3.1 lakh. It is almost impossible for my mother to help me pay this much amount of fees. Therefore, I am using this fundraising campaign to finance my postgraduate study at Plaksha University, for which I require your genuine help.
I have recently graduated (2021) in Computer Science from the University of Delhi. Moreover, I am the first one to graduate in my entire family. I have been working part-time at Chegg Inc. as a Managed Network Expert for the last 10 months. My aptitude quotient revolves around computers and neurosciences. I am a thinker with vision and this can be proved by my projects, my startups, and my research interest in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning. I tend to write articles on the Medium platform about Artificial Intelligence and intelligent healthcare using Machine learning. Recently, my articles were published by Nerd For Tech (NFT).
In the past, I have been awarded Aravali Fellowship, Avanti Fellowship, and Ullas Trust scholarship. These fellowships and scholarships provided me the right kind of ecosystem and network of people that helped me grow in academics and professional life. These opportunities made me a quick learner and I have learned machine learning and neurosciences independently because of my zeal for resource utilization.
Purpose and Vision
At Plaksha, I will be working on cutting-edge technologies alongside a cohort of some of the brightest minds and faculty around the world as I am particularly involved in creating intelligent medical agents for healthcare systems [Voicy]. I will get the right kind of environment, resources, and guidance from faculty to achieve my professional goal of starting a startup in the healthcare industry using AI. At Plaksha, I am looking forward to involving myself in research and academia. It is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of golden opportunity for me which will enable me to use my potential to the fullest and transform the way we think about healthcare at the moment. I sincerely hope to be of use to the country, by joining Plaksha I would be a step closer to this dream. However, due to lack of funding, it only seems a distant dream right now. Kindly help in whatever way you could.