As part of Government of India’s Skill India campaign, the Ministry of Skill Development has joined hands with premier B-school IIM Bangalore to launch Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF). The two year fellowship programme has been launched by the B-school as part of its Centre of Public Policy (CPP) – an independent public policy think-tank group which is involved in research, training, teaching and capacity building. IIM Bangalore Director Dr. G. Raghuram signed the contract with MSDE to launch the fellowship programme.
Launched as a Tribute to Mahatma Gandhi
Speaking at the signing ceremony of the fellowship programme, MSDE secretary R. Subrahmanyam said that the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF) has been launched as a tribute to Gandhiji as we celebrate his 150th birth anniversary this year. He further added that Gandhiji was himself the biggest proponent of decentralization and through this programme, MSDE will be able to identify the institutional weaknesses and help us understand the skill gap and work towards eliminating it at the grassroots.
What is Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship?
Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF) is a national level, two-year fellow-ship programme through which candidates will be awarded a Certificate in Public Policy and Management from IIM Bangalore. The fellowship programme will be launched initially on pilot basis in Karnataka, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Meghalaya, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
Why Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship?
MGNF has been launched by IIM Bangalore and MSDE to identify and train youth which will leverage the management, entrepreneurship and public policy ecosystem of IIM Bangalore to work with local district administration to strengthen the process of skilling in local district-level economy. Through the fellowship programme, participants will be trained at IIM Bangalore and will be able to use this learning in local field under the mentorship of IIM-B faculty members. The key goal of MGNF is to identify challenges and barriers at the district level economy and address the factors that hamper growth and development due to skill gap.
As per the official press release, eligible fellows will need to have a graduate degree from a recognized university. They must be citizens of India in the age group of 21-30 years.