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IIMB, MSDE invite applications for Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship skill development programme

The programme being offered by IIMB, MSDE aims at providing an opportunity for individuals to enhancing skill development and promote rural employment

Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE), Government of India (GoI) and Indian Institute of Mangement Bangalore (IIMB) have announced the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF) programme. Dr G Raghuram, Director, IIMB, signed a contract with MSDE to launch the programme.

“The Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship programme is aimed to identify and train a group of young, committed and dynamic individuals, who will leverage the IIMB ecosystem in management, entrepreneurship and public policy and work with the district administration in strengthening the process of skilling to create a vibrant local district economy. Its unique design will allow the Fellows to take academic learning at IIM Bangalore and use it in the field, under faculty mentorship, with the goal of understanding challenges and barriers that the district ecosystem faces in fostering growth and development,” said Dr G Raghuram.

The two-year Fellowship programme will be delivered by IIMB’s Centre of Public Policy (CPP), which is an independent public interest-oriented policy think-tank engaged in pioneering research, teaching, training, and capacity-building.

Who can Apply for the IIMB, MSDE Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship programme?

MGNF will be launched on a pilot basis in Gujarat, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Some of the eligibility criteria required for the same is as follows:

  1. Candidates need to be citizens of India between 21 to 30 years of age.
  2. They should be graduates from a recognized University in Engineering, Law, Medicine, Arts, etc. or a post-graduate from a recognized University.
  1. They should be able to express proficiency in the local language of the state that they will work in.
  1. Both experienced and freshers can apply.

Candidates will be selected based on their performance in a multiple choice-based aptitude exam to test the applicant’s quantitative ability (QA), data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR) and verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC). This will be physically conducted in each of the state capitals, followed by an interview. The application process will begin online on the official IIMB website from 14 October 2019 and will end on 20 November 2019.

Elaborating on the partnership, Dr. K.P. Krishnan, Secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said: “The launch of the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship Programme is in line with one of our objectives of bringing about convergence of efforts of various governments and programmes right at the district level. We are certain this programme will attract great talent, which will further strengthen the skill component at the district administration level. It is also critical to us that we have a high quality truly global academic institution like IIM Bangalore as our academic partner to ensure the programme’s appeal and success. The MGNF is our tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, who was a proponent of decentralised planning, as we celebrate his 150th birth anniversary this year.”

On satisfactory completion of their engagement as well as the course requirements, the Fellows will be awarded a Certificate in Public Policy and Management from IIM Bangalore.

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