The Centre has come to a decision to raise the fellowship to three year degree course offered by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) after observing the successful accomplishment of the first batch that was initiated two years ago. TISS has earned acknowledgment as a reputed institution from different Ministries of the GOI.
Jairam Ramesh, Rural development Minister of India, mentioned about employing of another batch consisting of 140 fellows. He said the pool of professionally trained human resource need to be expanded to deal with the challenges of poverty and inaccessibility in rural/remote areas.
This fellowship scheme intends to have a student’s group in batches serving as a cadre of development initiators and facilitators, who will serve as a ready resource and be available for conducting rural development activities for a long term.
In the first batch, 156 fellows were picked and the stipend offered to those students is Rs 75,000 per month.
Jairam Ramesh also mentioned of ministry to tie up with IIT Bombay to aid 5 rural development fellows. The ministry shall also extend financial support to the Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) of Ahmedabad to generate a team of talented human resource.
Vikram Sharma who happens to be a computer engineer, is working in Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh facilitating the underprivileged to improve their lives. As told by him he worked with IT giants for about 2 years before entering serving the rural area by entering into fellowship. He also told mentioned that he loves his present work, engaging with tribals and poor. Furthermore, he is also connected in developing an all-woman BPO and a touch-based tablet for Anganwadi children.
Computer Engineer, Mansi Kaushik who currently works in rural Rohtas in Bihar told that It is easy to criticize the government and sit idle but it takes guts take initiative and work for the country.
Swasti Pachauri who holds a gold medal in economics and a PG degree in development studies, works in district Seoni of Madhya Pradesh, she mentioned that this job has made her empathize more with people.
These are few of professionals who left the glistening city jobs to lend hands in betterment of village life as part of the PM's Rural Development Fellows.
These students as former teachers, doctors etc use their expertise, skills, and full capability to help out the district collectors in welfare programmes for upliftment of the people of remote areas.