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Our Journey



1992- A chance meeting with HRH, The Prince of Wales and his Prince’s Youth Trust Business (PYBT) inspired Ms. Lakshmi Venkatesan to establish a similar organization in India to help the disadvantaged Indian youth in developing their business ideas into viable and successful ventures. Thus, was born the Bharatiya Yuva Seva Trust (BYST), a non-profit organization. With the support and guidance of stalwarts like JRD Tata who acted as mentor and founding chairman, BYST was first set up in New Delhi.

1997- Expansion of BYST to Chennai, Pune, Rural Haryana and Rural Maharashtra.

2003- The Asian Summit on entrepreneurship and employment was held on the 29th& 30th of October 2003 in New Delhi. This was organized by the BYST, CII, YBI and ILO at the Parliament House, where the guest of honour was HRH Prince Charles and Shri L.K.Advani, Deputy PM of India. This facilitated the expansion of the BYST network across Asia.

2007- BYST introduced Mentor Chapters, Mentor Online Training (MOL) and International accreditation by City & Guilds, London to its mentoring model.

2012- In order to develop the entrepreneurial eco-system in Assam, the Government of Assam through its Employment Generation Mission entered into a partnership with the BYST and the CII and started the “BYST-CII Youth Entrepreneurship Development Programme” in 2012. This year also saw the launch of the PPP model.

2017- By the year 2017 BYST has partnered with Bajaj Auto, TATA Steel, JK paper and IFCI and had expanded throughout Maharashtra, Odisha and NCR generating the following numbers:

Components Youths Benefited
Number of Youths counselled 5,47,000
Number of Entrepreneurs supported 28,620
Number of trained and accredited 3770
Number of jobs generated 2,60,260
Rewards and Accolades 85