IIM-Vizag launches MGNF, Fellows to be posted in AP, Bihar, Arunachal – Times of India

Visakhapatnam: The Indian Institute of Management-Visakhapatnam has launched the Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship Program.

MGNF is a two-year long fellowship designed to create opportunities for young people to contribute to grassroots skills development.


As part of the program, IIM-Vizag will train 75 Fellows from 14 different states, who will be deployed in 75 districts of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh and Bihar.


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They will go through two weeks of rigorous classroom training as part of their first Academic Module (AMs). Thereafter, they will be assigned to their assigned districts across the three states mentioned for their four-month-long District Immersion Module (DIM). During the two years of their tenure at IIM-V, Fellows will go through a total of four AMs and six DIMs.

The two-year fellowship seeks to combine classroom sessions with an intensive field immersion at the district level to create credible plans. The program is expected to identify barriers to employment growth, economic productivity, and livelihood growth in rural areas.


The Minister for Education, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, launched the program across nine IIMs in the country. He highlighted how the Skill India Mission under the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is achieving great traction, making a living and changing lives and contributing to a self-reliant India. He called on fellows of the program to play a catalytic role in strengthening the ecosystem of skills at the grassroots level.

Professor M Chandrasekhar, Director, IIM-Vizag, said that after successful completion of the Fellows program, IIM-V will issue a certificate in Public Policy and Management. Chandrasekhar highlights how Fellows can play a profitable and productive role as a competent competitor and how they can realize their career aspirations with the help of IIM Visakhapatnam.

Coordinator (Administration) Prof. Nina Pandey, Coordinator (Education and Research) Prof. Amit B Chakraborty and Chair of the Program Prof. M Shamim Javed congratulated and welcomed the participants and talked about how the Fellows can reach and reach IIM Visakhapatnam.


During their training, Fellows will work under the close supervision of the State Skills Development Mission and will spend time and effort understanding the skills challenges and gaps in the district. Fellows are expected to enrich expertise programs by bringing new ideas to local planning, execution, community interaction and outcome management.

MGNF Phase-I (Pilot) Program was launched as Academic Partner with IIM Bangalore

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