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      • Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship Programme Training on Human Development | K Seeta Prabhu

        01 May 2012

         Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship Programme Training on Human Development | K Seeta Prabhu
        Photo: Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship Programme

        I was recently invited to address and interact with the first batch of 109 recipients of the Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship (PMRDF). Given UNDP’s work on Human Development, we were invited to provide training on the human development approach. The Prime Minister’s Rural Development Fellowship (PMRDF) was announced on the 13th of September, 2011 by the Union Minister of Rural Development Mr. Jairam Ramesh. The objective of the fellowships is to engage the talents of young professionals in facilitating change in the most backward districts in India. The fellows will be placed in 78 backward districts, covering 9 states identified as Integrated Action Plan (IAP) districts that have a high concentration of tribal and marginalized populations where the fellows will function as development facilitators and assist the Collector by actively pursuing a district programming approach. It is envisioned that the fellows will strengthen the district resource base for programming, explore alternative ways of delivering services to reach the most deprived communities and facilitate district-wide social mobilization processes particularly among the youth. The first batch of fellowships were awarded to 156 young professionals, who were selected following a rigorous selection process. The fellows come from different educational backgrounds like engineering, medicine Read More