Saloni Parikh, a technocrat at heart, is making significant strides in the fields of education, community development, and social entrepreneurship. With a solid foundation in Electronics and Communication Engineering, she graduated from Vishwakarma Government Engineering College, Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, in 2019. Her journey, however, extends beyond her academic achievements, showcasing a deep commitment to societal development and empowerment.

From an early age, Saloni was drawn to the intricacies of electrons, protons, and semiconductors, leading her to pursue engineering. Simultaneously, her passion for communication and community service found an outlet in the National Service Scheme (NSS). Since 2015, Saloni has actively participated in numerous community development initiatives, focusing on education, healthcare, climate action, and sustainable development goals (SDGs). Her dedication and innovative initiatives earned her the prestigious NSS National Award for 2017-18, conferred by the Honorable President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind.

In 2020, Saloni’s commitment to public service was further recognized when she was awarded the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. During her fellowship, she delved into the skilling ecosystem of India, aiming to create sustainable livelihood opportunities, promote apprenticeships, and nurture skill entrepreneurs. Her efforts were part of the World Bank-funded project SANKALP, reinforcing her role in shaping public policy and management. Additionally, she studied Public Policy and Management at IIM Bangalore.

Currently, Saloni serves as a Project Manager with the Central Square Foundation, focusing on the implementation of the NIPUN Bharat Mission in Gujarat under the National Education Policy 2020. Her work at the Samagra Shiksha, Department of School Education and Literacy, Government of Gujarat, aims to enhance educational outcomes and literacy rates across the state. Her role exemplifies her dedication to leveraging technology and innovative solutions to improve education at the grassroots level.

Saloni’s vision extends beyond her professional accomplishments. As a strong advocate for women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), she emphasizes the importance of making technology accessible to every child. Her mission is to broaden their horizons and integrate them into the interconnected global community. Saloni believes in the potential of girls to excel in STEAM fields and encourages them to pursue their dreams, emphasizing that determination and resilience are key to overcoming challenges.

Her efforts in social entrepreneurship have not gone unnoticed. Recently, Saloni was felicitated by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) under the Women in Social Entrepreneurship category, recognizing her significant contributions to the field.

Saloni Parikh’s journey is a testament to her unwavering dedication, innovative spirit, and commitment to societal betterment. Her work continues to inspire and pave the way for future generations, especially young girls aspiring to make their mark in STEAM fields.