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.


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


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.


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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.


Mrs. Manjula Kalyanasundaram


Mrs Manjula Kalyanasundaram joined SBI Foundation as Managing Director in June 2020.Before being appointed as MD of SBI Foundation, She was EVP, Chief of HR & Management Services at SBI Life.

With a Master’s degree in Economics, and also a Certified Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers, she brings over three decades of experience in the banking sector. She has taken up important assignments in the Bank as a Regional Manager in Kolkata, Assistant General Manager, Human Resources of Kolkata Circle, Deputy General Manager- Personal Banking of Patna Circle. She was also the Vice President of Personal Banking & Admin in Hong Kong.

Manjula is a people's person. She likes to interact with people, to foster their motivation, goals and aspirations on the personal and professional fronts. During her various engagements, she has championed multiple strategic businesses and HR initiatives. She has led and mentored teams to implement, devise and achieve organizational goals and business objectives. As key management personnel of the company, she oversees the overall welfare of the organization and its employees.


President & Chief Operating Officer, SBI Foundation

Shri Nixon Joseph, took over as President & Chief Operating Officer, SBI Foundation in June 2018. A post graduate in English Literature, he joined SBI as probationary officer in 1985.

He has exposure in diverse areas of banking like retail, corporate credit and international banking. Had worked as Manager (Operations), Bahrain , Vice President, Syndications & Investments, Tokyo branch and Chief Executive Officer, Tokyo branch. He is also a Certified Credit Officer and Certified Banking Compliance Professional.

Shows strong interest and passion towards Community services Banking. An avid long distance runner, he has completed 29 full marathons so far.


Coordinator, Youth for India

"Priyvrat joined as Coordinator, Youth for India Fellowship in Aug 2019. A mechanical engineer by qualification, he joined SBI as a Probationary Officer in 2009.

He has exposure in International Banking, SME Credit and Retail Banking operations.

He is a YFI Alumnus from 2014-15 batch, wherein he worked on Solid and Liquid Waste Management in Rural Odisha, with partner NGO Gram Vikas. He brings in the practical experience of working in both the social and corporate sectors.

ICC - Internal Complaints 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.

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