Pune: Shubham Rathod, a city-based civil engineer has been selected for the 10th edition of Jagriti Yatra, an initiative of Jagriti Sewa Sansthan to promote entrepreneurship among youngsters. The journey began on Sunday and will go on till January 8, 2018, covering 12 locations in 11 states.
500 participants will be part of this yatra.
Shubham Rathod, associated with TedX and Toastmaster International and also runs a startup 'Secucharge' will be part of this unique initiative.
Rathod said the interested candidates go through a rigorous selection procedure in order to participate in this journey. “The selection committee analyses the ability of candidates of facing certain situations and challenges. Their responses are then summed up with individual achievements to decide if the person gets a chance to be a 'Yatri'or not," said Rathod.
Every year Jagriti Yatra attracts not less than 17,000 applicants and according to organisers, more candidates from India and abroad are showing interest to participate in this yatra.
The Jagriti Yatra will travel to 12 different places across the country covering 8,000 km journey in 15 days through several states and Union territories including Delhi, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Odisha.
Rathod said, “I am looking at this journey as a chance to connect with rural India." He added that he is leading 'No Spitting Movement' in which he and his friends are creating awareness about the use of spittoon (a pot in which one can spit to avoid the spread of communicable diseases) the spit thus collected can be easily carried and decomposed.”
He added, “I am looking at this as a chance to find out the ways of connecting rural India with the use of technology to make their life better.”
The yatra constitutes experimental learning upon 4 aspects: role model visits, yatri interactions, panel discussions and Biz Gyan Tree (interaction with local people). In role model visits, the yatris will get a chance to meet prominent entrepreneurs like Narayan Murthy of Infosys, Dr S Aravind, Chief Medical Officer of Aravind Eye Care, Bunker Roy, Founder of Barefoot College.