Soumyashree Omprakash Sahoo is a science graduate from Orissa who also has an MBA in Marketing. He was previously working with Ripplesoft Private Ltd., Bhubaneswar, a company that has been credited with bringing Orissa into the IT mainstream of India via its IT training initiatives.
Soumyashree had the opportunity to experience the interior depths of Orissa from a very early age because of his father’s work as a veterinary officer in the state government. It did not take much time for Soumyashree to notice a tremendous disparity between the developed eastern parts of Orissa and the neglected western parts of Orissa. Soumyashree describes the acute poverty, landlessness and malnutrition experienced by the tribal and rural populations of these parts. “They sometimes survive just on mango kernels, which provides no nutritional value and results in starvation deaths.” The lack of healthcare and education also concerns him. “I believe if you have the opportunity to do something, you must do it – not for recognition but for self-fulfillment.”
Soumyashree is working with the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation for the next one year. He is interested in learning about cluster development, education and healthcare. According to him, the SBI Youth for India Fellowship programme is the perfect platform to work at the grassroots, to learn from people and develop your own thoughts and ideas.
He is very clear about his goals after the programme is over. “I want to open my own CSR company. I want to target each and every person from western Orissa. I want to make sure no one is left out. And eventually I want to save for my dream,” he adds with a smile, “to open a hospital and medical college in this region someday.”