Skills development ministry launches Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship in partnership with IIMs


In a bid to strengthen skills training at district level, the skills development ministry on Saturday launched the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF) programme natiowide in partnership with nine Indian Institures of Management across India. The progtranmme has been launched under under the World Bank loan assisted programme SANKALP (Skills Acquisition and Knowledge Awareness for Livelihood Promotion).

The two-year academic programme will have in-built component of on-ground practical experience with the district administration. The nine IIMs include the IIM Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Visakhapatnam, IIM-Udaipur, IIM Nagpur, IIM Ranchi and IIM-Jammu.

“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 district skill development plans (DSDPs),” the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry had launched a pilot programme in 69 districts during which 69 fellows were trained. Under the Sankalp, the ministry will support in training the trainer (ToT) system in public private partnership (PPP) mode that a collaborative approach between industry and the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) ecosystem.

“Towards this, a ‘cluster approach’ is adopted to meet the objectives and GIZ-developed automotive cluster in Aurangabad has been selected for the pilot,” it said. The emphasis is on preparation of TVET trainers with focus on domain knowledge, pedagogical skills and industrial experience.

“The last six years of Skill India have extensively focused on capacity building and creating infrastructure support for vocational training across the country. Our partnerships going forward will be more focused on strengthening the overall quality of skill training,” skills development minister said.

Additionally, MSDE has partnered with Kerala Institute of Local Administration (KILA) to conduct capacity building programmes for District officials from the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Lakshadweep.

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