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Tuesday, December 05 2023

Gadag: Swayam Grama Fellowship launched

Grama Fellowship
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Gadag: The Swayam Grama Fellowship was launched by Karnataka State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj University, Gadag, Youth for Seva, Bangalore, Chanakya University Bangalore, Abdul Nazir Saab Study Centre Kuvempu University, Shivamogga at Kaushal Vikasa Bhavan of The University of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Gadag on Wednesday November 2.

Padma Shri Awardee VRL Group Chairman and Managing Director Vijay Sankeshwara was the Chief Guest on the occasion. The programme was presided over by Gadag K. R. G. P. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Vishnukanta S. Chatapalli.

Raghunandana, Coordinator of South Central Kshetra Prajna Pravaha, Bangalore Youth for Seva Founder and Chief Mentor Venkatesh Murthy, Abdul Nazeer Saab Chair, Kuvempu University, Shivamogga Director Shanmukha A, Chanakya University, Bangalore Department of Indian Studies Director Prof. M.S. Chaitra and others were present.

On the occasion of the Amrit Mahotsav of Independence, if you want to dream of an Aatmanirbhar Bharat, it means that you have to step towards the self-dependent village. This move is not against innovation. Instead, it is like the phrase new shoots with the old root. Therefore, Aatma Nirbhar Bharat is a path of prosperity which, under the idea of holistic development, is determined and implemented by the villagers themselves, based on the nature of the villages. Under the leadership of The Karnataka State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj University, many like-minded organisations and thinkers have prepared an action plan for three years to implement such a model.

The Karnataka State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj University (KSRDPRU) has been established for the teaching, training and research of sustainable rural development and Panchayat rayj institutions. Currently, University has launched Swagrama Fellowship in association with Youth for Seva, Chanakya University, Prajna Pravaha and Abdul Nazeer Saab of Kuvempu University, Vidyapeetha to achieve village evolution based on self-principle and to formulate models of village evolution.

Purpose of fellowship:

It is a group type fellowship of three years duration and through the said fellowship, models of village development will be constructed according to the nature of the Village. The aim is to develop a conceptual framework and tools for integrated village evolution to build a self-reliant village on the basis of interdependence and cooperation and to extend the results of this experiment at the national level.

Specialties of the Fellowship:

A group model fellowship is planned for the construction of a self-depentent village development model which allows many to come together and participate in village development. Each team that wants to take its own village towards development will be provided with the necessary knowledge skills and models through experts and institutions. It is a fellowship that facilitates them to decide the transformation and development of the village through the participation of the villagers as per the nature of the village.

Eligibility to apply for the fellowship:

One who wants to be self-employed and engaged in the development of their village can apply. Those who are already involved in the development of their village, those who are outside, engaged in different fields, in different parts of the village and are interested in contributing to their village can apply too.

Fellowship Duration and Schedule

This will be a three-year process in total. The first year (from November 2022 to November 2025) will involve in-depth and extensive activities. The remaining two years will be in the form of mentoring and guiding.

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