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SBI Youth for India Fellowship

Recognized as the flagship program of SBI Foundation, it is a 13-month long fellowship that enables the 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.

INITIAL YEARS

Launched on 1st March, 2011, the pilot batch had 27 fellows who successfully completed the fellowship.

The concept received a positive feedback from all the stakeholders involved, considerable impact was assessed on the ground.

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The Program seeks to help India secure an equitable and sustainable growth path by:

  • 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.

So far, we have built a network of more than 450 alumni, who have made a difference at more than 150 rural locations across 25 states of India.70% of these alumni continue to be actively involved in the development sector.

OUR VISION

Our vision is that one day every village has the necessary capacities to develop themselves sustainably.

OUR MISSION

To build a movement of passionate and sincere changemakers 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.

OUR CORE VALUES

These core values are reflected in our conduct and guide us to positively impact the community, fellows and partners.

  1. RESPECT
  2. We hold respect for an individual as the cornerstone of the SBI Youth for India fellowship. We embrace diversity, value distinct opinions, encourage aspirations and appreciate unique talents to create a collaborative culture that is conducive to ideas. We believe in treating others as we expect to be treated.

  3. SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
  4. Healthy communities are the building blocks of great civilizations. Nations flourish when common objectives are put before personal goals. We, at SBI Youth for India, encourage an environment where relationships are valued, distribution is fair and roles are played effectively. For there is no doubt that even a small service to the community makes the world a better place to live in.

  5. CREATIVITY
  6. Unconventional is the new norm and out-of-the-box thinking is the new mantra. We, at SBI Youth for India, value innovations and intend to create a culture where ideas are encouraged and nurtured. In our opinion, it is a simple yet imperative process that can be achieved just by changing our way of looking at problems. At SBI YFI, we replace "What?" with "What If!", "How?" with "How about!" and "Why?" with "Why not!" to create a new world of infinite possibilities.

  7. FAIRNESS
  8. Nature treats everyone equally. We draw our inspiration from nature to look at every stakeholder with the same lens. Well-chalked out policies, transparent operations and honest communication to all the stakeholders are carried out to ensure an unbiased conduct. We wish to inculcate this value in all the communities and individuals we touch because we believe that Fairness alone can bridge the urban-rural development divide.

OUR TEAM

Shri Sanjay Prakash

Managing Director & CEO SBI Foundation

Shri Sanjay Prakash joined SBI Foundation as the Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer on 27th July 2022. Prior to this, he was posted as the Deputy General Manager (Industrial Relations) in the HR Department of SBI, Corporate Centre, Mumbai, for 4 years.

With a graduate degree in Science with honours in Statistics from Patna University, he joined SBI in the year 1990. He began his banking career with postings in small rural places in the Santhal Parganas of Jharkhand. Over the last 32 years, he has served in various positions, heading branches in rural and urban centres, handling IT projects, retail business portfolio, cross-selling business, and manning critical administrative positions in the State Bank of India. He was the Regional Manager of the Jamshedpur Region in Jharkhand for 3 years. Later, he headed the IT Services Department and the HR Department at the Local Head Office, Patna. As DGM (IR), he was responsible for maintaining a cordial IR climate in the Bank through smoothly handling the Unions/Associations and taking care of the staff welfare measures. The high point was the COVID-19 management & operations during the challenging pandemic period.

Having served in many remote places, he has empathy for the people living in extreme hardship in underprivileged conditions and has a deep passion for the welfare of such communities. He has been actively involved in several community service measures during his various postings and is committed to doing a lot more for society, particularly for improvement in healthcare facilities in rural India and educational facilities for the marginalised class of society.

Shri Lalit Mohan

President and COO

Shri Lalit Mohan joined SBI Foundation as President & Chief Operating Officer in May 2021. With a graduate degree in Science & Law and being a certified associate by the Indian Institute of Banking & Finance he brings in more than 30 years of banking experience.

Prior to joining SBI Foundation he served as the Deputy General Manager (SME), Local Head Office - Chandigarh and, Deputy General Manager (Business & Operations), Panchkula Module - Chandigarh Circle for the last 3 years.

He also served as the Regional Manager, at South Mumbai and Buldana Regions of the Mumbai Circle. He has worked extensively in the areas of branch operations, retail credit, MSME credit, agriculture credit and financial inclusion across rural, urban and metro centres of the State Bank of India. He has also headed branch operations ranging from small sized branches at rural and difficult centres in the hills, to large sized branches like Chembur in Mumbai Metro. He was the Regional and Zonal Head for more than 6 years, and has headed branches in all incumbencies from scale 1 to 5 for almost 8 years. Prior to joining the State Bank of India, he served for 5 years in the Reserve Bank of India.

He also served as the Regional Manager, at South Mumbai and Buldana Regions of the Mumbai Circle. He has worked extensively in the areas of branch operations, retail credit, MSME credit, agriculture credit and financial inclusion across rural, urban and metro centres of the State Bank of India. He has also headed branch operations ranging from small sized branches at rural and difficult centres in the hills, to large sized branches like Chembur in Mumbai Metro. He was the Regional and Zonal Head for more than 6 years, and has headed branches in all incumbencies from scale 1 to 5 for almost 8 years. Prior to joining the State Bank of India, he served for 5 years in the Reserve Bank of India.

IC - Internal Committee

SBI YFI seeks to foster and maintain a safe work environment for Fellows free from harassment of all types -racial, ethnic, religious and/or sexual.

To know more, visit https://www.sbifoundation.in/internal-committee