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The government is launching the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship with a monthly grant of up to Rs 60,000. Check details

The government has now decided to extend the program to all districts of the country.

The Union's Ministry of Skills Development and Entrepreneurship has launched the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship in collaboration with nine IIMs in the country. Selected grant recipients will receive a grant of approximately Rs 50,000 per month for the first year and Rs 60,000 per month for the second year of the grant program. The government has invited applications from interested candidates and registrations will remain open between February 15 and March 27, The Indian Express reported.

The scholarship, which is offered as part of the World Bank's SANKALP loan program, consists of two phases. In the preliminary phase, the fellows will be trained by the top nine IIMs in the country, and in the later phase of the fellowship, the fellows will work on strengthening the district competence boards and district competence management. Scholarship holders receive training in understanding the full ecosystem and skill development knowledge base to steer government skill development programs in the right direction. Upon completion of their training, the fellows are affiliated with the district competence boards and help formulate the district competence development plans at the district level.

It should be noted that the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship (MGNF) has already been piloted on a small scale in a total of 69 districts of the country by training 69 fellows. The government has now decided to extend the program to all districts of the country. The nine Indian management institutes affiliated with MGNF include IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, IIM Bangalore, IIM Udaipur, IIM Nagpur, IIM Ranchi and IIM Jammu, IIM Kozhikode and IIM Visakhapatnam.

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