Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the 2014 National Child Awardee Aaryan Balaji during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament.
The 11-year-old, known for his achievements in sports, adventure and social service, also won the Gandhi Seva Medal in 2012 for community service and social responsibility.
An actor, model, mountaineer, unicyclist, skater, sailor and golfer, Aaryan Balaji aims to bring glory to India in his medal hunt at the World Unicycling Championships 2016 and also become the youngest person to climb Europe’s highest mountain.
He will be the first and only Indian to represent the country in Unicycling World Championships 2016 at Spain this month.
Between August 13 and 26, he plans to climb Europe’s highest mountain, Mt Elbrus in Russia (5642m).
Aaryan also plans to scale Mount Everest from the north side in 2018. He already holds the world record as the youngest person to trek up to the Everest Base Camp and climb Mt Kalapattar,5545m, in 2012, when he was 7 years old and climb the tallest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro in 2013.
Aaryan has also won laurels for his acting in the 2010 Tamil film ‘Aanandhapurathu Veedu’ and is the Brand Ambassador of India Overseas Bank, ‘Gandhi Global Family’ and Polio Eradication Drive (Worldwide). He has also acted in several ad films.
A class 7 student at the Mahatma Gandhi International School (Port Blair), Aaryan has consistently topped his class and won a gold medal in the International Maths Olympiad when he was in class 4.