Sourabh feels that in rural areas one can see a New India every 10 Kms with such a splendid diversity of people and cultures.

Sourabh Potdar: SBI Youth for India FellowSourabh Potdar is an engineering graduate from Gogte Institute of Technology, Belgaum. For the last two and a half years he has worked as a Senior Engineer (R&D Services) in MindTree Ltd., Bangalore.

Sourabh “strongly believes in Vision 2020” which dreams of creating a better India by the year 2020. He had been seeking a channel through which he could contribute for quite some time before he heard of the SBI Youth for India programme. Without much thought, he joined the program. “I believe that India can develop only if we have a sustainable development of our villages. With all these pros of the program outweighing the non-existent cons, I decided to join the cause.” He now says that the “program has exceeded all his expectations.”

When asked about his dreams for rural India, Sourabh says  that he wants “rural India to have a clean, healthy, green, and prosperous society. This will be possible only when the people in our villages are educated. I dream of India with a 100% literacy rate. I am expecting to understand the problems affecting the people in the villages. I am sure that I will learn to expand my limits: physically, mentally, and intellectually. This will help me to become a better person.”

The thought of working in rural India does seem challenging for Sourabh. “It is often said that you will see a new India every 10 kilometers with such a splendid diversity of people and cultures. This is both a wonderful experience and a challenge. Having lived my life in a city, it may be difficult to adjust to a new environment (different culture, weather, people & food.) However, I’m sure I can overcome all these challenges by reminding myself of the  reason I joined this program.”

Sourabh hasn’t thought about his career path after completing the Fellowship. However, he is sure that the Fellowship will “widen his perspective in making decisions.”

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About SBI Youth For India

SBI Youth for India is a fellowship programme initiated, funded and managed by the State Bank of India in partnership with reputed NGOs. It is a movement for India's best young minds who are passionate about fuelling positive change in India. It provides a framework for India's best young minds to join hands with rural communities, empathise with their struggles and connect with their aspirations.
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