Some among the first batch of 18 young people, who worked on the six-month Jnana Fellowship of the Karnataka Knowledge Commission, will continue to work with government departments and research institutes.
Speaking at the valedictory of the six-month fellowship programme here on Friday, commission Member-Secretary M.K. Sridhar said that three government departments had shown interest in absorbing the fellows who had worked with them. Three others would be working with the Azim Premji Foundation, the Indian Institute of Management and the Public Affairs Centre.
The fellowship programme was introduced as the first-ever government initiative to allow professionals to undertake project management in its departments to introduce innovative ideas in the system. For this year's programme, the commission had received 3,036 applications, which were processed at various stages to finally select 18.
K. Kasturirangan, chairman of the commission, said that the programme was a two-way system of understanding between the system and the citizenry.
He hoped that the improved understanding of the system that the fellows had earned would translate into improving the larger delivery system.
Girish Gopal Rao, a software professional who took a break from work to be a Jnana Fellow, said that the programme had helped him understand the system from within and appreciate the value of a government system. Shobha H.R., a schoolteacher who did her fellowship related to education, stressed the need to avoid duplication of clerical work at various levels of the government machinery.
Speaking on the sidelines of the valedictory function, Mr. Sridhar said that talks were on with the government to continue the Jnana Fellowship programme, which has already finished a trial run.
Keywords: Jnana Fellowship