MSDE rolls out “Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship(MGNF) Program”

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Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship(MSDE) rolls out Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship(MGNF) Programme under the SANKALP scheme. It will strengthen district skill administration and the District Skill Committees(DSCs).

Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship(MGNF) Program:

  • It is a two-year academic program. It aims to address the challenge of the non-availability of personnel for the implementation of various skill development programs at national, state, and district levels.
  • MGN fellows will be trained to understand the overall skill ecosystem. They will be attached to DSCs and help them manage the skill development planning at the district level. It will provide them with practical experience on the ground.
  • Implementation: IIM Bangalore’s Centre of Public Policy(CPP) will implement it.
  • Eligibility: Graduates from a recognized university and citizens of India in the age group of 21-30 years are eligible to apply for it.

Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood (SANKALP) Scheme:

  • Type: Centrally Sponsored Scheme
  • Duration: The scheme was launched in 2018 and has a tenure till March 2023.
  • Ministry: It is an outcome-oriented scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship(MSDE). The World Bank is providing loan assistance to this program.
  • Aim: It will improve short-term skill training qualitatively and quantitatively through strengthening institutions. Moreover, it will bring in better market connectivity and inclusion of marginalized sections of the society.
  • The scheme aims to implement the mandate of the National Skill Development Mission (NSDM).
  • The outcomes in the scheme are measured through the Results Framework. This framework is agreed upon between MSDE and the World Bank.

Result Framework: Under the scheme, four key result areas have been identified viz:

  • Institutional Strengthening (at National, State & District level);
  • Quality Assurance of skill development programs;
  • Inclusion of marginalized population in skill development; and
  • Expanding Skills through Public-Private Partnerships(PPPs).

Source: The Hindu

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