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Jagriti Yatra participants call on President Kovind; urged to generate employment opportunities instead of looking for jobs
This year's participants of the Jagriti Yatra, organised by non-profit charitable organisation Jagriti Sewa Sansthan (JSS), called on the President Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan on January 5.

"Speaking on the occasion, the President appreciated the organizers of Jagriti Yatra for linking self-employment opportunities available in our country with the talent of our youth. He said that there are immense possibilities for our youth.  As such, an environment should be created for young people to generate employment opportunities instead of just looking for jobs. There is a need to bring a change in mindsets of people, and the Jagriti Yatra is making a commendable effort in this direction," said a press release.

According to the website of JSS, Jagriti Yatra is an ambitious train journey of discovery and transformation that takes hundreds of India's highly motivated youth, especially those who are from small towns and villages of India, on a 15 day, 8000 km national odyssey to meet the role models - social and business entrepreneurs - of the country. The vision of Jagriti is 'building India through enterprise'.

For the event, 500 youngsters were selected from thousands of applicants, many from smaller towns and villages, join the Yatra every year, with the goal of creating awareness and start a movement of 'building India through enterprise', it informs.

It was in 1997 that the first Jagriti Yatra was organized as Azad Bharat Rail Yatra to mark 50 years of India's independence. According to the organizers, the journey was transformational and it led to the production of the book 'India, A Journey through a Healing Civilization' by Shashank Mani, which was published by Harper Collins in 2007.

Yatra Saar-2016 has also been published which  is the synthesis report that captures the key learning from the role model visits, panel discussions, Biz Gyan Tree and interactions on the train. It is said that the report was drafted by the participants while on the train, is based on their observations.

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