YES Institute, the practicing think-tank, has been established as a division of YES BANK to focus on India’s sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth and development. The core focus areas of the Institute are: (1) Natural Capital (2) Culture (3) Social Impact Sectors and (4) Glocal Forums.

The Institute believes that India’s economic growth must adopt a low carbon pathway, leapfrogging to a scenario of unique and resource-innovative technology manufacturing, sustainable agriculture and services. We firmly believe that India’s glorious past and rich culture that is anchored in arts, crafts, frugal innovation and diversity must be leveraged to define the country’s growth trajectory along a knowledge driven pathway.

To this end, we have led research in the fields of higher education, focusing on how to bring in international examples to strengthen the system and on eco-tourism potential in the city of Nagpur. We have held topical symposiums and national convenings on ‘Developing a Credit Market for Higher Education’ and the ‘Craft in India’ series which focuses on pertinent topics to help develop and promote the sphere. As one of India’s top,
new think-tanks, we have led policy change in the field of natural capital, on urban water bodies in India. On-the ground initiatives include The ‘Educate@Museums’ series, which has directly impacted 150 teachers and many more children, helping them implement creative learning in the classroom and our Heritage Walks in Delhi-NCR has fostered a sense of pride and awareness about our rich cultural heritage. The bamboo studio with NID looked directly to solutions for Indian highways, in bamboo. A strong focus of YES Institute is on digital media and we have commissioned and designed a plethora of short films on topics such as ‘Why India Needs A Design Museum’ and ‘Organic Food Cultures in India.’

YES Institute is driving the discourse on concepts such as cultural industries, innovation districts, natural capital and channelizing private capital for development in India. Our approach on taking these themes forward is through dialogue facilitation, knowledge creation, skill development and extensive stakeholder engagement. Through knowledge collaboration between disciplines and bringing out multinational view points on domestic and
global scale, the think tank aims at reducing redundant structures and pool expertise to effectively harness new technologies, business models, and innovative approaches to developing and delivering policy advice. We firmly believe that only collective thought and action will lay the foundation for a stronger India.