Earl of Wessex’s three days in India – Duke of Edinburgh Award & technology focus

The Earl of Wessex has completed a three day visit to India, straight from his trip to Sir Lanka with his wife, Sophie. Prince Edward’s visit focused on entrepreneurship, technology, sport and female empowerment.

On the first day of the trip the Prince visited the Indian School of Management and Entrepreneurship in Mumbai

According to the school’s Facebook page, the Earl..”addressed a gathering consisting of Heads of leading Mumbai schools, top corporates from sectors of healthcare, BFSI, telecom, leading academicians from the University of Bath, faculty members, students & parents from the 3 schools under the DICE Knowledge Foundation.

After the royal guest’s short speech, DICE (Design, Innovation & Creativity led Entrepreneurship) students presented the Earl with their ideas including a tool to track neonatal vitals for Asha workers in rural India and a writing software for visually impaired people.

The Earl of Wessex then met representatives of UK and Indian companies before officially opening the DICE Healthcare & Wellness Accelerator.

During his time in Mumbai, Edward also attended the inaugural session of the India-UK Createch Summit, which celebrates creativity and technology.

The Queen’s youngest son then visited a high school in the city to meet young coaches from The Naz Foundation’s Community Awards Programme.

Next, the Earl presented awards at the University of Bath’s ‘Young India Student of the Year’. The essay competition, open to schools across India, offers new students joining the university in September 2018 a chance to win a £3,000 scholarship towards their fees.

Prince Edward is Chancellor of the University of Bath.

Later that day, the Royal attended The Duke of Edinburgh Awards Gold Ceremony in New Dehli. Since 2015, the Earl has been Chairman of the Trustees of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation and achieved his own Gold Award in 1986.

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