Fellowship programme in partnership with IIMs launched

The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) on Saturday launched Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF) programme in partnership with nine Indian Institutes’ of Management (IIM) across India.

Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Mahendra Nath Pandey chaired the event on ‘Transforming skilling through strategic partnerships under SANKALP’ and rolled out the MGNF and other initiatives.

SANKALP (Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion) is a World Bank loan assisted programme to strengthen the district skill administration and the district skill committees (DSCs).

The ministry said that the two-year academic programme comes with an in-built component of on-ground practical experience with the district administration.

“The fellows under MGNF will acquire academic expertise and technical competency in understanding the overall skill ecosystem along with being attached to DSCs and help them manage the skill development planning at district level through the mechanism of formulating the district skill development plans (DSDPs),” it added. The ministry further said that with the successful launch of MGNF in the first pilot which had 69 fellows working across 69 districts, the Ministry is now expanding MGNF to all remaining districts in the country.