Recognized as the flagship program of SBI Foundation, it is a 13-month long fellowship that enables
nation’s youth to work on rural development projects in partnership with experienced NGOs.
The fellowship provides a framework for India’s best minds to join hands with rural communities,
empathise with their struggles and connect with their aspirations.
Launched on 1st March, 2011, the pilot batch had 27 fellows who successfully completed the fellowship.
The SBI Youth for India Fellowship has been uniquely designed to assist your transition into a rural
environment. It ascertains that the process of assessment of ground realities, identification of a project
that combines the need of the community, your interest and the strengths of the NGO.
The Program seeks to help India secure an equitable and sustainable growth
Providing educated and passionate urban Indian youth with an opportunity to touch lives and create
positive change at the grass root level in rural India
Providing NGOs working on development projects in rural India with educated manpower whose skill
sets can be used to catalyze rural development.
Promoting a forum for the Program alumni to share ideas and contribute to rural development throughout
their professional life.
Our vision is that one day every village has the necessary capacities to develop themselves sustainably.
To build a movement of passionate and sincere change makers who bridge the rural urban gap, by:
Creating a trusted gateway for higher talents to flow into rural development, thereby reviving the
grassroots development machinery and benefit marginalized communities.
SBI Youth for India fellowship program is premeditated to assist our fellows to live in a village location
and work with the partner NGOs to benefit the community.
Our fellows have worked in diverse fields to impart education in rural areas. From Computer education to
setting up a mobile library and from sex education to e-learning, SBI Youth for India fellows has brought
ineffective means of enhancing literacy.
Our fellows with support from our partner NGOs, who work through a network of community health
workers and government agencies, are helping Primary Health Centers (PHC) to tackle health related
issues with a special focus on maternity care, child care, safe drinking water, and sanitation.
Fellows have adopted a very holistic approach to implementing diverse projects that promote sustainable
development. Their projects are helping not only to cut down the causes of pollution but are also trying to
generate alternative sources of employment.
To fuel the growth of our country, it is crucial to ensure enough food reserves for the billion-strong
population. SBI Youth for India fellows are active in this field and working towards guaranteed food
security and self-reliance at the grass root.
Agrarian crisis is increasing in India and farmers cannot depend on farming as the only source of
income. Through our partner NGOs, SBI Youth for India fellows work towards delivering innovative
solutions to provide a sustainable livelihood for the community. This is done through measures like
promoting organic processes, capacity building of community members, value addition to production and
marketing processes, adoption of improved farming practices and others.
SBI Youth for India recognizes the importance of culture and its role in the development of any nation.
Unfortunately, India’s traditional crafts have been marginalized by cheaper mass-produced alternatives.
Many art forms have been lost and traditions continue to die every day. Our fellows work hand in hand
with our partner NGOs to achieve capacity building to support livelihoods and preservation of tribal
culture and art forms to ensure their sustainability.
Women in rural India have limited access to education, economic independence, sanitation and basic
human rights. It is imperative that women be integrated into rural India’s growth story. SBI Youth for India
fellows have worked on creating sustainable income sources for eliminating poverty and encouragement
or grass root entrepreneurship. Not only does it increase self-reliance, it also helps to address the issue
of economic viability and scalability.
Rural areas and urban areas need different policies to address issues. It is critical to keep in mind the
interests of rural communities and encourage their role in policymaking. SBI Youth for India fellows
understand the importance of local self-governance and with our partner NGOs work towards uniting
communities, ensuring participation of weaker sections in socio-economic development to ensure the
long-term sustainability of the development process through community ownership.
In rural areas, migration is at an all-time high due to fewer employment opportunities. SBI Youth for India
fellows understands the importance of creating sustainable employment opportunities in rural areas. SBI
YFI fellows along with the partner NGOs work with local youth, farming communities and women to
encourage and foster entrepreneurs.
30% of the rural population still lack access to safe drinking water. The growing water crisis enhances
the importance of Water Resources Management (WRM). Our partner NGOs have Watershed
Development projects in selected village clusters to provide drinking water security, to boost agriculture
and livestock production, particularly for the benefit of weaker sections of society.
The application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the rural sector has been
relatively slow owing to poor ICT infrastructure, lack of awareness and local language issues. ICT has
huge scope for innovation and application. It also has immense application across thematic areas from
healthcare, education, climate, weather and emergency response activities to supporting livelihoods. SBI
Youth for India fellows have used ICT as a means to combat rural poverty and foster sustainable
development through creating empowered societies and supporting livelihoods.
Electricity consumption per capita in rural areas is one of the lowest in the world mainly because of
unavailability, which in turn, has an adverse effect on agricultural productivity. In today’s scenario, where
the adverse effects of global warming are clearly visible, there is a dire need for sustainable energy
sources. SBI Youth for India fellows have worked on projects that encourage the use of bio-diesel,
smokeless chullahs, and solar photovoltaic applications to provide rural households with access to
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