SBI YFI offers a wide range of projects that cover the entire gamut of rural development. Fellows can either choose to work on an existing project or can implement a new project in a focus area of the partner NGO. SBI YFI ensures that necessary support and guidance are made available to the fellows.

Presently, fellows are working on a variety of projects at 32 locations across 9 states of the country.

Browse through the 12 program areas to know more.



  • 58% children drop out of primary school and 90% don’t complete school.
  • The impact of rising attendance has failed to show because of lack of reading material, textbooks and committed teachers. In many schools there is only one teacher which means no personal attention to the kids.
  • Many villages don’t have schools which mean that children have to travel to another village to go to school. This results in high drop out of girls.
  • Poverty is another setback as even the willing parents are forced to compromise because of their own financial conditions.
  • Teacher-student ratio has fallen lately which takes a toll on even the most committed teachers.

Our fellows have worked in diverse fields to impart education in rural areas and continue to do so. From Computer education to setting up of a mobile library and from sex education to e-learning, SBI YFI Fellows have brought in effective means of enhancing literacy

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Here’s a list of projects being implemented by SBI YFI Fellows:

Allen Nelson:Developing Sports Culture and Sports Curriculum in Shiksha Niketan School.
Arjun Shatrunjay:To fill in gaps in the Maths education curriculum, and the encourage thoroughness among those lagging behind in class by simplifying the curriculum.
Dibyajyoti Gogoi:Youth engagement and participation in community through the common platform youth resource centre (YRC) and developing up Village Youth Development Plan (VYDP).
Ishan Marvel:To design and implement an integrated foundational course for school-going adolescents.
Mehak Aggarwal:Education – computer education for adults and helping school children.
Misha Singh:Improve the quality of education in Residential Bridge School in Singla
Nafisa Lokhandwala:To create a Nukkad Natak team in school so as to create awareness on socially relevant issues in the community.
Niharikaa N:To inculcate the habit of reading in students, using various interactive mediums like theatre, art, storytelling and visual aids.
Ojasvita Malhotra:Capacity Building & Enhancing Employability Of Youth By Imparting Spoken English & Basic Computer Knowledge & Setting Up An English Resource Library.
Prayag Ichangimath:Introduction and demystification of science for rural children.
Sahil Uppal: To improve employment opportunities for local youth of Delwara by developing their knowledge of Computers and providing them with necessary skill sets to run a data entry centre at the village level.
Sameer Misra: To initiate a process to encourage Innovation, Arts and Design in Gram Vikas Schools.
Sharbani Chattoraj: Title Helping in improvement of overall management of Gram Vikas High School, Kankia and developing a module for imparting Functional Education.
Siddarth Daga:To teach MS Office tools through day-to-day activities.

Education being a realized need among most underprivileged communities, there is always scope for further intervention and innovation. You can choose to build upon any of the above projects, or you can explore newer avenues with the support of the partner NGO and the community. You can implement more effective pedagogical methods and learning experiences, improve access to information towards career options, introduce new disciplines in the curriculum, based on student interest, set up a system to provide mentorship, improve the functioning of an existing school, set up a learning center if you can mobilize the resources - the opportunities are unlimited.


  • 75% of health infrastructure, medical man power and health resources are concentrated in urban areas where 27% of the Indian population lives.
  • Only 32% of rural households have their own toilets. This deficit of toilets causes losses worth roughly 6% of India’s GDP by raising disease burden on the country.
  • Water borne diseases result in deaths of over 200,000 children under the age of five.
  • 73 million work days are lost each year owing to water borne diseases which puts double burden of loss of income and treatment cost on the poor rural population.
  • India has one of the highest malnourishment rates in the world, higher even than sub-Saharan Africa.

Our Fellows in tandem with our partner NGOs, who work through a network of community health workers and government agencies, are helping Primary Health Centres to tackle health issues, with special focus on maternity care, child care, safe drinking water and sanitation.

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Take a look at the ongoing projects of our fellows

Angel Konthoujam:Revitalizing traditional practice of using cloth during menstruation, to design a cloth-pad which is dignified, eco-friendly and healthy for tribal women.
Ankur Chhabra:Social Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Community Mobilisation (CM) to address the issue of malnutrition.
Basant Kumar:Creating Awareness about Sickle Cell Anemia in Didiyapada block of Narmada District, Gujarat.
Deepshi Arya:To ensure awareness regarding personal hygiene and sanitation in children in the age group of six to twelve through workshops and community involvement.
Dr. Pretty Priyadarshini:To empower women to pursue a healthy lifestyle and work as agents of change for improved social stature of families and communities.
Lakshmi V:Promotion of adolescent-friendly interaction forums to guide adolescents towards healthy transition to adulthood.
Dr. Steward Gracian:To create oral health awareness in primary schools, anganwadi centres using innovative and interactive material (story books/comic books).

While the present batch of Fellows has explored several facets of Health & Sanitation through their projects, this is a vast domain and there are many projects that you can implement based on available resources, technical expertise and the support of the community. In your fellowship year, you can aim to work on building awareness regarding health, hygiene and nutrition related issues, on making health related information easier to access, on increasing the usage of existing infrastructure, on introducing tested low-cost solutions to health issues, and so forth.


Environment Protection

  • Climate change has resulted in 9% decline in agricultural revenue in 13 Indian states.
  • Nearly 50% of net areas under cultivation, lack irrigation facilities and are totally dependent on the now erratic monsoon. These areas experienced 3-4 droughts in the last decade.
  • Heat waves can reduce milk yield by 10-30% in the first lactation period and 5 -20% in the second and third period.
  • Long term effects on the crop yield are estimated to be as high as 25%.
  • Decreasing forest cover and lack of solid waste management are adding to the worsening conditions.

SBI YFI fellows have adopted a holistic approach to solve the problem. Diverse projects are being implemented, which are helping not only to cut down the causes of air pollution, but are also trying to generate alternative sources of employment.

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Here’s a list of our ongoing projects:

Anvi Mehta:Community mobilisation for Jal Samiti and Spring recharge & helping youngsters to set up their own library.
Kavya Raman:To create a committee in village that promotes cleanliness consiousness and healthy living through WASH (waster, sanitation and hygiene) awareness and setting up of waste management systems.
Neil Kamat:Environmental Protection through promotion of Beekeeping as a livelihood for rural women in the states of Bihar, Karnataka, Kerala and Uttarakhand..
Swaha Katyayini Ramnath:To provide a solution and generate awareness about sanitary napkin waste at the household and community level.
Sindhu Sudarshan:Youth Eco-Clubs for improved water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices.

Environment protection has various dimensions to it and there’s wide scope for activities that can be done to bring about change. You can try to make tribal groups aware about the need to conserve the bio-diversity of the region. You can try to make the outer world aware of the natural richness contained in these tribal areas and work towards the conservation of herbal, medicinal plants. Mobilising the community to shift to environment friendly practices, bringing about consciousness about carbon foot print, devising a system for plastic waste disposal - these are just a few illustrations to give you an idea of the possibilities.

Food Security

  • India ranks 94th in the Global Hunger Index of 119 countries.
  • In rural areas, 56% of women are anaemic, 30% children are born with low birth weight and 47% children are underweight.
  • Hundreds of billions of dollars are lost towards treatment cost, productivity loss, absenteeism in school and loss of educational and employment opportunities.

To fuel the growth of India, it is crucial to ensure enough food reserves for the billion strong population. SBI YFI is active in this field and working towards guaranteed food security and self- reliance at the grass root. It is being achieved through improving availability, access and absorption, through efficient management of natural resources such as land and water, flora and fauna, forests and biodiversity, plus sustainable intensification of crop and animal production.

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Take a look at the ongoing projects of our fellows

Harshitha Prakash:To empower the farmers by incorporating the best practices for a sustainable production via zero budge natural farming and create a market for their produce.
Divya Chirayath:To promote seed conservation of groundnut through a community seed bank

Here are a few avenues that you can explore in the area of food security:

  • Raising awareness and providing training to set up seed banks.
  • Overseeing capacity building in food and nutrition security for a team of community representatives.

Rural Livelihoods

  • Agrarian crisis is deepening in India. The grain output is not increasing and the employment rate in agriculture sector has not grown as much as the employment rate overall.
  • The last 10 years have recorded never before rates of urban migration.
  • Of the 60 million new employment opportunities, 52 million have been in the unorganized sector.

It is also true that livelihoods in the rural sector are evolving and hold lot of promise, if gaps are identified properly. SBI YFI through its partner NGOs works towards delivering innovative solutions to provide sustainable livelihood for the rural poor, through a slew of measures like promotion of organic processes, capacity building, value chain setup, farmer organisations, adoption of improved farming practices, genetic improvement of cattle, healthcare, nutrition management and others.

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Here’s a list of our ongoing projects:

Nitesh Bhardwaj:To market Non Timber Forest Products based sustainable livelihood for the tribal people of Dhadgaon.
Prakash Matthew: To se up a federation to collect and market raw cashew kernels.
Bidyapathi Ray:To centralise the production of amritchuran (a nutritional mix) as an entreprise model for women.
Rabina Jaiswal:To increase the income status of People & Capacity building of employees of CFC & SHG.
Ishan Ahlawat:Promoting Fishermen Interest Groups(FIG) for exploring scope for collective marketing
Anika Pandey:To increase the remuneration of tribal beneficiaries through beekeeping as a side income. The beneficiaries will be using traditional bee hives and local techniques to harvest honey.
Piyush Kuhikar:Promotion of livelihood activities such as bee keeping and nursery.
Kishan Mahipal:To strengthen the women SHG and develop plans for generating Livelihood possibilities with the SHGs and in general.

Rural India is in dire need of innovation in the livelihood sector. Our present batch of fellows has done a commendable job in this regard. You can add on further through setting up market linkages, community mobilisation for adoption of better farming practices, introduction of appropriate technologies, better management of groups and organisations and other aspects as your skill set supports.

Traditional Crafts

  • By and large traditional craft has been marginalized by cheaper mass-produced alternatives.
  • The discerning audience which will pay a higher price for authentic handicrafts continues to be limited to collectors and boutiques.
  • Few of the art forms have found a fan base in foreign countries but are subject to fluctuations in demand and hence do not provide a viable livelihood option.
  • Many art forms have been lost and traditions continue to die out every day.

SBI YFI recognizes the importance of culture and its role in the development of any nation. Our fellows work hand in hand with our partner NGOs to achieve capacity building to support livelihoods and preservation of tribal culture and art forms to ensure their sustainability.

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Take a look at the ongoing projects of our fellows

Shruti Namboodiri:To setup sustainable livelihood for bamboo artisans through developing newer, marketable, designs of bamboo jewellery; focusing on efficient production and creating market linkages.
Nishit Sangomla:To Generate The Demand For Rural Handicrafts Through Marketing, New Product Develoment And E-Commerce Website To Generate Livelihood For 500+ Artisans In Addition To Looking At Additional Rural Livelihood And Artisan Health.
Rahul Sharma:To create a supply-chain system for rural handicrafts for rural people’s livelihood.

While promotion of rural crafts is one key area where a Fellow can contribute, a lot of work is needed for preservation of tribal culture and art forms to ensure their sustainability. You can aim to initiate workshops on an art form which is fast disappearing; you can innovate with design elements for functional products that have a more profitable market; you can make trainers out of the artisans and work towards popularizing the art form.


Women's Empowerment

  • Women in rural India have limited access to education, economic independence, sanitation and basic human rights.
  • India is 56th in terms of maternal mortality record.
  • The daily wages for women are lower than for men and in some cases as low as Rs. 18 per day.
  • Anaemia in rural women is very common and the incidence rate is around 65% which is much higher than most of the developing countries.

It is imperative that women be integrated in India’s growth story. They need sustainable income sources for eliminating poverty and encouragement for grass root entrepreneurship. Not only does it increase self-reliance, it also helps to address issues of economic viability and scalability. SBI YFI and partner NGOs work with women for their empowerment.

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Here’s a list of our ongoing projects:

Ayush Sinha:To empower the Halpati community of Karachka village through maximum utilization of government schemes and engage the Panchayat to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development.
Shriti Pandey:Improving Value chain and Marketing of Pandhana Pashu Palak company.

As illustrated above, you can explore several aspects of women empowerment - health, menstrual hygiene, rights awareness, skill development, value addition and marketing of SHG products and better management of SHGs, income generation opportunities including entrepreneurship.

Self Governance

  • Rural areas and urban areas need different policies and more importantly sensitivities to address their issues.
  • It is critical to keep in mind the interests of rural communities and encourage their role in policy making.
  • Today, India has 3 million elected representatives covering more than 5.8 lakh villages and 99.6% of its rural population.

SBI YFI understands the importance of local self governance and with its partner NGOs works towards uniting communities, ensuring participation of weaker sections in socio-economic development to ensure long-term sustainability of the development process through community ownership.

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Take a look at the ongoing projects of our fellows

Nikhilesh Joshi:Study sessions for secondary students at village level through Panchayat sponsorship.
Rumani Sheth:Understanding the gaps in local governance health infrastructure and addressing them through engagement with community health workers and village health and nutrition committees.
Shravani Ladkat:Anganwadis for a healthy tomorrow: Effective implementation of ICDS.
Gurkaran Bakshi:Youth Capacity Building And Governance.
Ushma Goswami:Strengthening the people's participation in democratic practices at grassroots primarily through a) setting up Para-legal Clinic and RTI awareness Campaign b) Panchayat literacy program.

The possibility of empowering people through self-governance is immense. Here are a few examples of projects that you can undertake:

  • Awareness generation and capacity building of community for effective implementation of government schemes like the MGNREGA.
  • Streamlining the functioning of committees in a village, for example, the Village Development Committee.
Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurship

  • In certain areas, the daily wages are as low as Rs. 18.
  • Migration to urban areas is at an all time high.
  • Of the 60 million new employment opportunities, 52 million have been in the unorganized sector and are not sustainable.

SBI YFI understands the importance of creating sustainable employment opportunities in rural areas. SBI YFI along with the partner NGOs work with local youth, farming communities and women to encourage and foster entrepreneurs.

+Ongoing Projects

Ashwini Rajkumar:Promotion of reusable cloth pads to adolescent girls & women through social entrepreneurship, stitching workshops & awareness sessions.
Himansu Pandey:To develop Agriculture based enterprise with local farmers and establishment of evening Farmer's school.

Here’s a list of projects that you can undertake.

  • Imparting Training to Agro-Entrepreneurs.
  • Development of high-value agricultural enterprises.
  • Enhancing financial literacy of local entrepreneurs.
  • Developing an entrepreneur based model for promotion of solar lighting

Watershed Development

  • Climate change has resulted in 9% decline in agricultural revenue in 13 Indian states.
  • Nearly 50% of net sown area lacks irrigation facilities and are totally dependent on the now erratic monsoon. These areas experienced 3-4 droughts in the last decade.
  • Since 1981, area under tube well irrigation has increased from 95 lakh hectares to 2.3 crore hectares which has resulted in rapid depletion of ground water reserves.
  • 30% of rural population still lacks access to safe drinking water.

The growing water crisis enhances the importance of organised Water Resources Management. Our partner NGOs have Watershed Development projects in selected village clusters to provide drinking water security, to boost agriculture and livestock production, particularly for the benefit of weaker sections of society.

+Ongoing Projects

Take a look at the ongoing projects of our fellows

Dadi Jaswanth:Inclusion of different essential parameters(Alkalinity, Turbidity & Bacteriological Tests) to test the quality of water and to design a model to purify contaminated water.
Ashvath Kunadi:Recharging and researching springs, and creating awareness about the same.

Water is crucial to life. And the project you implement can be of utmost importance in reviving this lifeline. Here are a few projects that might interest you:

  • Raising awareness about the requirement for water conservation.
  • Mobilization of the community for watershed development.
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  • The application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the rural sector has been relatively slow owing to poor ICT infrastructure, lack of awareness and local language issues.
  • ICT can play an important role in uplifting the livelihoods of the rural poor.
  • ICT offers an opportunity to introduce new activities, new services and applications into rural areas or to enhance existing services.
  • ICTs can play a significant role in combating rural and urban poverty and fostering sustainable development through creating information empowered societies and supporting livelihoods.

ICT has huge scope for innovation and application. It also has immense application across thematic areas, from healthcare, education, climate, weather and emergency response activities, to supporting livelihoods. With increasing penetration of mobile technology and internet, the scope of ICT in rural India is phenomenal.

+Ongoing Projects

Take a look at the ongoing projects by our fellows

Prateeksha Tiwari:Integrating ICT in primary education.
Vivek Tejaswi:Developing an ecosystem to bring a concept of village level MakerSpace.
Adharsh Krishnan:Implementation of Technology to reduce drudgery sustainably and Education.
Surendra Singh:To provide better learning opportunities to students in government primary schools by introducing logical and critical thinking, and enhancing teaching methods by integrating computer literacy.
Nishan Nazer:To improve the utility of space using multi utility furniture.
Shreya Anna Satheesh:To motivate people to seek alternate livelihood and provide them with alternate livelihood options by training them in traditional arts and handicrafts and creating a market for their produce.
Venkata Siva Prasad Chitta:Agro Digital Clinic

ICT is an exciting field with infinite scope for innovation. You can choose any of the following projects or can come up with your own.

  • Designing, developing and implementing IT applications (mobile apps, helpline, web platforms) for Rural Development Programmes.
  • Supporting the development of Mobile based monitoring system for water and sanitation interventions.
  • Setting up IT based solutions for Community level Knowledge Networking.
  • Improving interface and usage of existing applications.
  • Training people on use of technological devices.

Alternate Energy

  • 500 million people in India still do not benefit from modern energy services.
  • Around 300,000 deaths are caused by pollution due to lack of proper cook stoves and for other reasons.
  • 600 – 1000 million tons of agricultural residue are burnt each year contributing to environmental pollution.
  • Electricity consumption per capita in rural areas is one of the lowest in the world mainly because of unavailability, which in turn, has an adverse effect on agricultural productivity.

In today’s scenario, where the adverse effects of global warming are clearly visible, there is a dire need for sustainable energy sources. SBI YFI through its network of partner NGOs offers opportunities to work on programmes that encourage use of bio-diesel, bio-gas, smokeless chullas and solar photovoltaic applications to provide rural households with access to renewable energy.

+Ongoing Projects

Take a look at the ongoing projects by our fellows

Saurabh Karodi:Setting Up A Micro-Enterprise For The Manufacturing And Sales Of Solar Home Lighting Products And Increasing Its Reach Along With Developing A Strong Service And Delivery Backbone.
Suraj Hiremath:Establishing a micro-enterprise to deliver solar solutions at the village level

Alternate energy is an important stream in energy segment and you can initiate various projects like:

  • Developing newer applications for Renewable Energy Technology like, alternate energy powered pumping systems to reduce diesel costs for group irrigation.
  • Training local groups (perhaps school children) on Solar light assembly and sales.
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