Queen's young leader awards
Neha Swain, 28, and Kartik Sawhney, 21.twitter.com

Kartik Sawhney, 21, and Neha Swain, 28, are going to be awarded the Queen's Young Leaders Award in June 2016.

The two are part of a cohort of 60 young leaders, aged 18 to 29, who have made significant contribution to the community across the Commonwealth.

These leaders have been working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality, according to a press release from Queen's Young.

Sawhney, from India, has been acknowledged for his exceptional work highlighting universal access to education for all.

Neha has been selected in recognition of her work as a youth facilitator and as co-founder of the NGO Rubaroo. Her NGO has worked with 2,000 people in Hyderabad.

Kartik Sawhney said: "I am so honoured to be part of the Queen's Young Leaders programme. I am passionate about universal access to education. After discovering that blind students were unable to pursue science after grade 10, I appealed, and enrolled as India's first grade-11 blind science student. I faced similar challenges when trying to enter engineering colleges, so in 2013 I took up a scholarship at Stanford University in the US. I founded Project STEMAccess, which offers hands-on science workshops in India, as well as virtual training sessions."

The Queen's Young Leaders Programme was established in 2014 by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of The Queen's lifetime of service to the Commonwealth.

Over the next three years, the programme will support thousands of young people to achieve their goals, the release said

Dr Astrid Bonfield, Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust said: "Once again 60 incredible young people from around the Commonwealth have shown strength, leadership, empathy and drive. Some of our winners are just embarking on their leadership journey and others are more established. Either way, we recognise not only what these amazing young people have achieved, but also their potential in changing people's lives for the better in the countries and communities in which they live."