Govt invites applications for two-year Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship programme

The ministry of skill development & entrepreneurship in association with nine Indian Institute of Managements have invited applications for a two-year Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF) programme under which stipends up to Rs 60,000 a month would be given as it rolls out the programme nationwide.

“MGNF is designed to decentralize the process of development. Instead of a top-down approach of development, this has the potential to drive the development of the country in a bottom-up approach,” the ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

“It encompasses the benefits of academic inputs from IIMs during the academic modules (AMs) as well as the continuous faculty mentorship and the field experience garnered by the fellows as a part of the district immersions (DIs),” it added.

The AMs will focus on management principles, economic development, public policy, and soft skills while the district immersion module would provide a framework to help the MGN Fellows negotiate the district-specific challenges in the context of documenting institutional weaknesses at the district level, identifying schemes that work well, undertaking detailed resource mapping, and formulating a rigorously researched district skill development plan (DSDP) that chart out a strategy for economic development at the district.

The AMs have been designed to address the MGN Fellows’ needs in allowing them to understand opportunities and challenges to enable a flexible, skill-based economy in their district and to identify opportunities and infrastructure needed to support it.

The Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship, 2021-23, has been rolled out nationally in more than 660 districts across India. The programme is being hosted by nine IIMs (IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Jammu, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Lucknow, IIM Nagpur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Udaipur and IIM Visakhapatnam) separately, with IIM Bangalore managing the common admission process.

( Originally published on Mar 25, 2021 )