It was the year 2022 - all of it spent in preparing for the Class 12 boards, preparations for Engineering admissions, preparations for ACT and IELTS. Himank Galundia did it all, parallely with his passion for teaching kids from the Sukher Orphanage a thing or two about puzzles, especially the Rubik's Cube.
As an avid puzzle enthusiast, that was where his infatuation with the Rubik's Cube stepped in. Through consistent practice, he developed skills like logical thinking, analytical reasoning, emotional tenacity as well as physical dexterity.
During his frequent visits to the orphanage with his parents for food distribution, he observed the same lack of holistic development for the children. Inspired be his own experiences, he introduced an "extra curricular hour" in their daily routine, dedicated to problem solving for boosting their cognitive development. Rehearsing over 119 algorithms for over 2 hours per day increased their memory retention, pattern recognition skills and hand eye coordination. Encouraged to expand this project, he also employed UI/UX skills to build a website for the NGO, inviting more volunteers to provide 1-1 mentorship for the kids.
Himank spent 2 hrs a day with the children of the orphanage at Sukher, teaching them how to solve puzzles and explaining the concept of the Rubik's Cube - how it was made and how it is solved.
Sunil Galundia, Himanks's father said that a counsellor from Harvard had told Himank that the Rubik's Cube project will not help in getting admission to US Colleges, which Himank took upon as a challenge.
All this while he was focussing on the multiple examinations that he had to appear for, his college admissions prep and not giving up on the nearly 40 kids whom he taught the Rubik's Cube. Himank went on to score 93% in Class 12, got a Gold Medal at the Olympiads, a Silver Zone place in the SOF, 96.77 percentile at the JEE examinations and a 7.5 score at the IELTS. Himank's Rubiks Cube project was accepted by Pennsylvania State University. Finally, Himank secured a seat with the Pennsylvania State University, where he will be pursuing his BTech in Computer Science.
Himank is the son of Dr. Ruchi Galundia and industrialist Sunil Galundia. He was mentored by Dr. Shailendra Somani at his school MDS and appreciates the contribution of his overseas admission consultant Archana Shaktawat.
By leveraging his education, he'll lobby for technological advancements in underdeveloped societies, so that no child misses out on basic rights to education due to lack of resources, be it India or Indiana.