Ankit Walia is an IT engineering graduate with over four years work experience. He was previously working with Capgemini in Mumbai and on location in Abu Dhabi. It was Ankit’s experience of working with children with special needs that urged him to contribute to society in a larger capacity. It was at this moment that he decided to join the SBI Youth for India Fellowship programme. On a one year sabbatical from his company, Ankit hopes to explore and contribute to rural India while understanding the intricacies of traditional life and technology. His larger aim over time is to bridge the gap between rural and urban India.
The thought of working in rural India is quite challenging according to Ankit. However, it is also one of the reasons why he wants to join the programme. He wishes to overcome both the physical and mental barriers he may come across. He says that he simply wants to learn and provide selfless help, which will be his “karam-bhumi” for the next year.
Ankit will be working with MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) for the next year. He is interested in learning about the various employment opportunities available to rural Indians. He is interested in knowing how they can improve their livelihoods, increase livestock productivity and use natural technologies to alleviate the problems caused by tsunamis. He has found the orientation programme very interesting, especially the interactive session with Mr. Popatrao Powar who has completely transformed his village.
Ankit has not given much thought to what exactly he will do at the end of the Fellowship. He knows that he is passionate about working for people who need help. He might continue working with the NGO or he might be inspired to start an NGO or even join the IAS.
Follow Ankit’s journey on his blog.