Call for Applications: Jagriti Yatra 2015: Train Journey + Meet-ups With Social Entrepreneurs [Dec 24 – Jan 8]: Register by Oct 30


Jagriti Yatra is an ambitious train journey of discovery and transformation that takes hundreds of India’s highly motivated youth, especially those from smaller towns and villages of India, on a 15 day, 8000 km national odyssey too meet role models- social and business entrepreneurs – of the country.

The vision of Jagriti is ‘build India through enterprise’.


It aims to inspire the young Indians to lead development by taking to enterprise, thus unleashing a movement of Enterprise-led-development.


If you are between 20-27 years of age apply as Participants.

Experienced professionals above 25 years can apply as Facilitators.

Application Procedure

To register, click HERE.

Selection Procedure

A rigorous process is in place to select the brightest talent from a large pool of applicants.

The idea is to identify youth over 20 years of age, who have the potential to lead change.

1. Criteria: Abilities, not Marksheets

To select a Yatri, we do not look at exam-results; rather we consider abilities, motivations and values of the candidate.

We consider the candidates’ understanding of India’s pressing problems, and the commitment and approach to solving these.

2. Diversity in Selection

While aiming for the best candidates from all over India, our focus remains on Middle India, and an even geographic spread within India.

We also aim for equal representation of male-female candidates. Jagriti Yatra includes upto 40 exceptional international candidates whose global exposure adds to the richness of the Yatra.

3. The Yatri Composition

Yatri’s selected for the Yatra can either be a ‘Participant’ or a ‘Facilitator’.

4. Participant

Participants are young candidates in the age group of 20-27 who want to ‘be the change they want to see’ and have the potential to become entrepreneurs and change-makers.

5. Facilitator

Facilitators are experienced professionals, over 25 years of age, who are keen to join the movement for Enterprise-led development. They may be entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs or other professionals.

A facilitator plays the dual role of a mentor and coordinator during the Yatra and is assigned a cohort of 6 participants to:

  • Support the participants to make the most of the Yatra by managing individual and collaborative learning.
  • Manage the cohort throughout the journey as per the Yatra Mantra (Code of Conduct).
  • Act as a bridge between the participants and the organizing team.

Responsibilities of the facilitators require them to be fluent in either English or Hindi languages.

The application consists of a series of essay-type questions designed to ascertain your suitability for the Yatra.

It is a subjective evaluation of the raw entrepreneurial potential within a candidate by a selection panel of more than 30 experts spread across the globe.

Random interviews and reference checks are also conducted to ascertain veracity of candidature.

Facilitators’ applications are further evaluated on their professional experience and ability to communicate, coordinate and manage youth.

This is usually done through additional information in the form and an informal telephonic interview.

Once your application is selected, further financial details are required if you’re seeking sponsorship, to help us identify deserving candidates.

Fee Structure

Organising a 2-week train journey with supporting personnel and delivering a rich program with exceptional role models, calls for significant expenditure.

The Yatra fee helps us cover these expenses in part.

The total cost of the Yatra is Rs. 59,000/- per person. Candidates with sound financial backgrounds are encouraged to pay the full amount.


October 30, 2015

Yatra Date

24th December – 8th January, 2016

For further details, click HERE.

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