On 16th March Delhi SBI Youth for India Fellowship marked its 5th Annual Meet in Delhi, bringing to an end the eagerly anticipated annual event. It was the day to revisit projects and accomplishments made by the fellows and alumni over the past
SBI Youth for India, the flagship program of SBI Foundation, is a 13-month long fellowship program that enables urban, educated Indian youth to work on rural development projects across India in partnership with globally recognized experienced NGOs. The Annual Meet was organized this year in partnership with United Nations Global Compact Network India (GCNI) and Foundation for Community Consensus (FCC) to provide a platform for young minds and global NGO & CSR leaders to share their perspectives pertaining to Rural Development.
The event commenced with the display of enthralling products made as a part of the project by fellows with their respective villages and NGOs, it walked the attendees through a brief journey of their 13-month long fellowship. The lamp lighting ceremony marked the inauguration of the meet by Kamal Singh, Executive Director, UNGCNI and Representatives of Partner NGOs.
The event was kick started with an inaugural song sung by fellows and a speech delivered by Nixon Joseph, President & COO, SBI Foundation, he said “We conduct the Annual Meet to appreciate the change these young people have made, to bring think tanks and to find better ways to engage youth in rural development. It’s also to guide the fellows who have completed their journey to continue further on this path.”
The event drew to a close with the laugh of this year’s SBI YFI Coffee table book, titled as ‘Stories from another India,’ the book is an in-depth taste of the fellowship penned by fellows and partner NGOs. The book was released by Mr Kamal Singh, Executive Director, UN Global Impact Network India who also gave the keynote address for it, in which he observed, “It’s not rocket science, if you have the mind for creativity, passion, and education you can be change-makers and I’m very inspired by SBI that they’ve introduced the real change makers. And as India goes forward, you can already see the shine of it.”