The SWAERO Movement | Dr.RS Praveen Kumar | TEDxHyderabad

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“A cop in the classrooms, who guards the children’s dreams!” – The journey of an Indian Police Services Officer Dr Praveen Kumar from his own humble beginnings to become a decorated officer and the subsequent change of course bothered by the questions posed to him by his own mother, is a story for the books. He has been on a mission to work with the children from the most underprivileged background to convert them from being victims of their identity to harbingers of change and pride for the country. Dr Praveen Kumar encourages them to use the aspirational identity of being a ‘SWAERO’ – SW for Social Welfare and AERO for Air and Sky, signifying that there’s no limit to what they can achieve if they believe in themselves. And what followed is a movement of a huge magnitude – the children from his organisation, under the Govt of Telangana, have achieved everything from successfully climbing Mt Everest, to winning International Championships and securing good ranks in the competitive exams to get into higher education institutes. In this powerful talk, Dr Praveen Kumar establishes beyond a doubt what a strong sense of identity can achieve. Dr R S Praveen Kumar is an exemplary IPS Officer, with honours and awards to his credit by the government of Telangana and India for his contribution to assignments resolving conflicts and maintaining law and order in sensitive environments in India and abroad. But, he has found his true calling in supporting and uplifting the children from the most deprived section of the society in his role as Secretary for Social and Tribal Welfare Educational Institutions. A Mason Fellow from Harvard University who is well-known for mentoring the Everest conqueror, Poorna and transforming the lives of over 200,000 children, he has catapulted these welfare institutions onto the global map, with almost no milestone out of reach by exhorting time and again “If not us, Who? If not now, When?” This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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