Vineet Kumar Singh completed his graduation in electrical engineering in 2009 from NIT Durgapur, following which he worked with Bhushan Steel Ltd, Orissa as a management trainee. After working for 18 months in the corporate sector, he realized that he was not satisfied, despite the good facilities and financial benefits.
Vineet gave up his job to join the SBI Youth for India fellowship program. He describes his need to experience rural India for what it is: “Till now, I had only heard about the challenges faced in rural development. With this fellowship, I have the opportunity to explore rural life and see it for what it actually is.”
Over the next year, Vineet will be working with BAIF Development Research Foundation. His interest lies in cluster development. “More people have come out of poverty in the last 20 years than at any given time in human history mainly because of the high growth rate in India and China, but despite this we still have the highest population living below the poverty line.” It is this fact that inspires him to work for India.
Working in rural India does seem challenging, admits Vineet, but on the other hand it is a great opportunity. “As the urban market is almost saturated, we can search for new opportunities in rural markets. When I think about my decision, it looks like a big risk. But I hope it will turn out to be favourable. I’m hoping that the days of working in the mainstream corporate sector are over for me.”