On March 8, 2020, Union Minister for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey has initiated Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship programme (MGNF) in the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bengaluru in Karnataka. This fellowship is a part of SANKALP (Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion) programme of the ministry to boost skill development at the district level.
- MGNF is an initiative of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) which is implemented by IIM Bangalore in collaboration with State Skill Development Missions (SSDMs).
Features of MGNF:
-Under the pilot project, IIMB will train 75 graduates for two years in preparing the District skill plan. Graduates from 75 districts in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Karnataka and Meghalaya are chosen for the training.
-The two-year comprises of classroom sessions at IIM Bangalore with mentorship of Fellows while in district.
-Candidates selected from the 2019-20 admissions cycle will be fully funded by MSDE. On joining the program, the candidate will receive a stipend of Rs. 50,000 per month during Year 1 of the program while a stipend of Rs. 60,000 per month will be provided during Year 2 of the program.
-An Indian citizen in a age group of 21-30 years is required to become eligible fellow for MGNF.
Minister of State (MoS)- Raj Kumar Singh
Secretary– Praveen Kumar