Our Story

SGBS was just a group of neighbors doing Saturday bhajans. As a family, we were involved in music and dance. SGBS soon became one of the biggest cultural organizations. but apart from bhajans we were a group who had a huge social calling. “Around 1993 we had grown very big and decided to make it a formal body,”. This was a huge turning point moment for us.

The Programs we Took up

We retained the name SGBS, just adding the word Trust. SGBS Trust took up three programs
1. “Utsav” which was all about celebrations and music and dance;
2. “Samstha” which provides funeral services &
3. “Shiksha” which funded children in school

But even as processes were put in place to educate underprivileged children, there was a sense of not doing enough, of not actually creating lasting impact. A lot of bright kids that the Trust had funded for 8-9 years suddenly dropped out of school, sometimes because their parents wanted them to bring in money, sometimes because of peer pressure or sometimes simply because they did not do well academically in one subject and began to feel like failures. The result was disappointing. The children went back to the slums, their formal education soon forgotten. “What have we actually achieved?” was the question that bothered the Trustees. And it was in seeking this answer that the seeds for Unnati were sown.

The credibility that SGBS Trust had built was so immense that we had people calling us and asking if we knew somebody for a job

Back then, they never asked if he knew English or computers. All they wanted was someone trustworthy. And we could place people. That got us thinking. We wondered why could we not train people and then give them a job?” And thus was born Unnati, an organization that works towards social transformation through vocational training.

Miracles happen here every day Whether it is the building that came up on land granted by the Government and constructed with the help of generous donors, the many infrastructure requirements that we had to set up, we believe that we were chosen by a higher power to empower the nation.

The coaching that students get at Unnati goes much beyond vocational training. Elaborating on the three principles upon which the Unnati program is built:
1. if we train somebody we must be able to get them a job.
2. We must enable the youth to be good and responsible citizens and be a part of the inclusive society by being able to present themselves in the society.
3. They must be change agents in their society.

Since then every student at Unnati is taught spoken English, basic computers, life skills and values as part of the curriculum, in addition to training in their core vocation.

Since a few of the Trustees were looking at Unnati as giving back to society, they do not charge the students for the training. In fact, free food and PG accommodation is provided to students in the Bangalore Centre.

But the biggest differentiator is the ‘Guaranteed Job’ promise that Unnati gives. Unnati’s 100% placement record remains unbroken since its inception.

Unnati is associated with The Indian Institute of Corporate affairs (IICA) as a training partner, to run a certified course in CSR programs for professionals. There are huge possibilities in terms of CSR funding today, CSR is no longer charity, Companies cannot just issue a cheque and claim they have done CSR. They need to show how they have impacted society.

Pratap Ramdas, Chief Manager, IR & Community Initiative at Tata Global Beverages Ltd., reiterates the sentiment. “It’s not just about donating money”, he says. “We believe we need to nurture the NGO-Corporate partnership over the long term.” His company has been partnering with Unnati for several years now, as part of the Tata Group Affirmative Action Program, which commits Tata companies to exercise positive discrimination in employing personnel from historically disadvantaged communities and in engaging them as business partners, without sacrificing merit or quality. So what made Tata Global Beverages choose Unnati? “The 4Es (Education, Employability, Employment and Entrepreneurship) which form the backbone of the affirmative action program within the Tata group is totally in sync with what Unnati does.” responds Pratap. “We also found that the group at Unnati was really passionate about what it was doing and extremely committed too. We actually saw skill development and placement happening.”

Refer a Youth

Forthcoming Batches

16th Batch - 24th Oct 2018 - Tenkasi

17th Batch - 14th Dec 2018 - Tenkasi

18th Batch - 04th Feb 2019 - Tenkasi

19th Batch - 27th Mar 2019 - Tenkasi

17th Batch - 01st  Oct 2018 - Tumkur (Currently running)

18th Batch - 01st Nov 2018 - Tumkur

19th Batch - 23rd Nov 2018 - Tumkur

20th Batch - 02nd Jan 2019  - Tumkur

20th   batch  o3rd  Dec  2018 - Sira
21st    batch  24th  Jan  2019 - Sira
22nd   batch  18th  Mar  2019 - Sira
23rd   batch  09th  May 2019 - Sira

34th Batch - o4th  Oct  2018 - Raichur


35th Batch - 29th  Nov  2018 - Raichur

36th batch - 23rd  Jan   2018 - Raichur
37th batch - 08th  Mar  2018 - Raichur
38th batch - 02nd  May  2018 - Raichur

24th  batch - 12th  Nov 2018 - Koppal

25th  batch - 04th  Jan 2019 - Koppal

26th  batch - 27th  Feb 2019 - Koppal

27th  batch - 20th  Apr 2019 - Koppal

1st batch - 12-07-2018 - Hebbal

20th batch - 28-06-2018 - Hospet

15th batch - 07th  Nov  2018 - Hassan

16th batch - 29th  Dec 2018 - Hassan

17th batch - 18th  Feb 2019 - Hassan

18th batch - 11th  Apr 2019 - Hassan


18th  Batch - 12th  Nov 2018   - Gangavati
19th  Batch -  02nd Jan 2019   - Gangavati
20th  Batch -  22nd Feb 2019   - Gangavati
21st   Batch -  15th April 2019   - Gangavati

15th Batch  -  31st Oct 2018    - Davangere
16th Batch -  20th Dec 2018  - Davangere
17th Batch -  08th Feb  2019  - Davangere

07th Batch – 10th Oct 2018 - Nagpur


08th Batch 02nd Dec 2018 - Nagpur


09th Batch  22nd Jan 2019 - Nagpur


10th Batch  25th March 2019 - Nagpur


11th Batch  20th May 2019 - Nagpur


14th batch -  26th  Nov 2018 - Selaiyur

15th batch -  21st  Jan 2019 - Selaiyur
16th batch - 15th  Mar 2019 - Selaiyur
17th batch -  07th May 2019 - Selaiyur

13th Batch –  15th  Oct 2018 - Redhills (Chennai)

14th Batch –  06th  Dec 2018 - Redhills (Chennai)

15th Batch –  06th  Feb 2019 - Redhills (Chennai)

16th Batch – 28th   Mar 2019 - Redhills (Chennai)

11th Batch – 20th  Oct  2018 - Attur

12th Batch – 11th  Dec  2018 - Attur

13th Batch – 01st  Feb  2019 - Attur

14th Batch – 25th  Mar  2019 - Attur

15th Batch – 16th  May  2019 - Attur

10th  Batch -  13th  Oct 2018 - Surat

11th  Batch -  04th  Dec 2018 - Surat

12th  Batch -  24th  Jan 2019 - Surat

29th Batch   07th  Nov 2018 - Jahangirpuri

30th Batch   28th  Dec 2018 - Jahangirpuri

31st  Batch    18th  Feb 2019 - Jahangirpuri

10th batch-05-08-2018 Madanapalle

21st     batch    25th    Sep 2018   -  Jayanagar  (Bangalore)
22nd   batch    10th    Dec 2018  -  Jayanagar  (Bangalore)
23rd    batch    30th   Jan 2019   - Jayanagar  (Bangalore)

24th  batch -  12th  Nov  2018  (Currently running) - Harihar
25th  batch -  02st  Jan  2019 - Harihar
26th  batch -  21st   Feb  2019 - Harihar
27th  batch -   13th  Apr  2019 - Harihar

72nd Batch – 30-06-2018 - Main center

31st Batch - 18 Nov 2018 - Kirtinagar

32nd Batch - 10 Jan 2019 - Kirtinagar

33rd Batch - 02 March 2019 - Kirtinagar
34th Batch - 24 April 2019 - Kirtinagar

41st batch - 31st Oct 2018 - Badarpur


42nd batch - 21st Dec 2018 - Badarpur

24th Batch – 02nd  Oct 2018 - Chitradurga (Currently Running)

25th Batch – 06th   Dec 2018 - Chitradurga

26th Batch – 28th   Jan 2019 - Chitradurga

17thBatch – 16-07-2018 - Bidar

17th Batch – 10th  Oct 2018 - Belagavi

18th Batch – 13th  Dec 2018 - Belagavi

19th Batch – 02nd  Feb 2019 - Belagavi

20th Batch – 27th   Mar 2019 - Belagavi