The Government of Chhattisgarh has recently launched the CM's Good Governance Fellowship to provide young enterprising minds with an opportunity to contribute to the development of the state by using their IT and Project Management skills.
While the nitty gritty about the application process is available online on http://cmggfcg.in, most applicants would have doubts about the job role and benefits of joining the programme. This blog post is my attempt to share my perspective on these.
For a brief background, I am a rural development professional having worked at the District and State level in Chhattisgarh (mostly on rural development issues) in a similar fellowship called Prime Minister's Rural Development Fellowship (PMRDF) over a period of 4 years from 2012 to 2016.
So, as mentioned CMGGF is looking for bright individuals to contribute to the development of Chhattisgarh by bringing in their technical and project management skills that the government system often lacks. F…
Azolla? What's that? the question reverberated in my mind for quite some time before I actively started searching for answers.
The government, as per the latest provisions under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), had included construction of 'Azolla' tanks along with cow sheds in villages. The search for answers led me to Google and then, some videos and blogs posted across the web. The Wikipedia suggested that Azolla (sc. name Azolla caroliniana), is a type of fern with very small leaves that is mostly found floating over still water bodies - lakes & ponds. Its nitrogen fixation properties make it useful as a bio fertilizer and fodder for animals. So that's where everything connected. Azolla tanks were to be constructed along with cow sheds to provide for additional fodder for the milch animals.
That cleared some air about what we were trying to do. Further exploration on the internet brought me across some videos (mostly from South India) about h…
This has to be one of my best experiences of giving an Interview (haven't given many before :D). But seriously, must be said that the Group Discussions and Interviews were very well conducted. And they don't give a damn to your certificates or how u dress. I went in with my floaters on and no one questioned me even once!!! PS: That said, not wearing formal shirts and trousers would be going a bit over the top!
It all began at precisely 9:00 am when we got our name tags. We then had a briefing session which was followed by question-answer round where the director was himself there to answer our queries.I was very impressed by him :) One thing that everyone there makes it very clear right from the beginning is that MBA at IRMA is not something anyone can do...u need to have a feeling towards rural mgmt. We were divided into three groups (instead of 4) as attendance was low...just 28 out of 40.
I was in group 1 so our Group Discussion started immediately. The topic given was 'Indian…