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…Seeing the possibilities the campus offered, it was in 2008-09 when the students of TISS Tuljapur took the initiative to create a platform to bring together various rural development stakeholders within the same space and foster a conducive environment for creative and critical learning and unlearning. With the participation of 400 rural youth from across the country, and particularly from the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, the first chapter of the event was a huge success. And so, the National Rural Youth Festival (NRYF) was born.

Today, NRYF has become a signature event of TISS Tuljapur, bringing together students from all over India and mapping a range of events aimed at exploring the milieu of rural development by engaging rural youth, farmers, development practitioners, self-help groups, and researchers. The event forms a major part of TISS by enhancing its community-level understanding and engagement. The 2023 edition of NRYF is a part of the legacy carried forward by the sustained effort of the passionate TISS community, which comprises the students, staff, and people of Tuljapur. This effort forms the vision of our work which we vehemently hope to carry forward.

NRYF aims at mapping and analyzing gaps in rural progress so as to define our role as youth, academia, civil society organizations and Government agencies in developing rural India.

After the huge success of the previous editions of NRYF, this year we have set out again to make the festival a memorable one. In the wake of the severe drought in the state of Maharashtra in general and the Marathwada in particular, the festival is keen to spread awareness and make the youth realize of their moral responsibility towards the people of the state.