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Thursday , September 5 , 2013
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Social awakening on tracks

Come December and some 450 youngsters, aged 20-27, and experienced professionals, above 27, will board a train for Jagriti Yatra, a journey of social awakening.

Organised by UP-based NGO, Jagriti Sewa Sansthan, Jagriti Yatra is an annual train journey that takes hundreds of highly motivated youths and experienced professionals on a 15-day national odyssey, introducing them to “unsung” heroes of the country.

The aim is to awaken the spirit of entrepreneurship — both social and economic — within the youths by exposing them to individuals and institutions that are developing unique solutions to the nation’s challenges and have made a mark in society with alternative entrepreneurship.

In simple words, the campaign seeks to turn job-seekers into job creators.

Addressing the newspersons in Ranchi on Wednesday, Pranjal Modi, a qualified CA, said: “Last year, I was part of this train journey. We got an opportunity to interact with the entrepreneurs, which was a learning experience for us.”

This time, from Jharkhand, around 60 such yatris are expected from cradles like ISM-Dhanbad, BIT-Mesra, Central University of Jharkhand (CUJ), St Xavier’s College et al, apart from a few CA students.

Registration is still on in the NGO’s official website

The journey will kick off on a specially hired 18-wagon train from Mumbai on December 24. After travelling through Hubli, Bangalore, Madurai, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Delhi, Rajasthan and Ahmedabad, the train will come back to Mumbai on January 8.

Besides the participants, there will be 150 co-ordinators and 50 organising members among the travellers. “The budding entrepreneurs will connect themselves with the villages and draw inspiration from those who have started small businesses on their own initiative,” Modi said.

According to Modi, there were many students who were still not aware of this wonderful opportunity. “As a campus ambassador, I will provide information about the journey and its purpose at various colleges,” he added.

Modi also showed the clippings of last year’s journey and activities carried out by them.

Some other yatris like him who shared their experiences included Shadab Hassan, who runs a school at Brambay, Akshya Jalan, a BIT student, Mona Mohata, a qualified CA and Neha Kaur, a professor at CUJ.

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