The Government of Assam and Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for bringing transformative changes in the State’s health care & education sectors through the Chief Minister’s Young Professional Programme (CMYPP).
The MoU was signed at the Chief Minister’s Office by Prof. Rishikesha T Krishnan, Director, IIM Bangalore, and Samir Sinha, Principal Secretary, CMO, Government of Assam.
It mandates the engagement of 70 young professionals, to be jointly monitored by the Government and IIMB, who will assist authorities for two years at the district level.
Assam Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the two-year certificate programme will help strengthen the formation of human capital in Assam by supporting public policy and Central and State schemes in Health and Education.
“This is a unique initiative where highly skilled people will get an opportunity to contribute at the grassroots level as well as gain academic expertise from a prestigious institute like IIM Bangalore. Endeavours such as these will open the doors of the Government to talented people,” Dr. Sarma said.
Professor Rishikesha T Krishnan, Director, IIM Bangalore, said, “This marks our biggest efforts in the North East and we hope the brightest talent in the country will get an opportunity to work for one of India’s fastest growing States.”
Professor Arnab Mukherji, faculty in the Centre for Public Policy (CPP) at IIM Bangalore and one of the programme directors of CMYPP, Ms Shambhavi S. Rao, and Ms Sneha G. Angadi from the Office of Executive Education Programmes (OEEP) at IIMB, were also present at the signing.
Designed by IIM Bangalore and anchored by the school’s OEEP, CMYPP is meant for early career individuals with a postgraduate degree in any field and willing to work in the district. Professor MS Sriram and Professor Mukherji, from the CPP at IIMB, will be the programme directors. The programme will be a blend of academic and district-based work with a staggered academic program spanning 40 days in Guwahati (i.e. off-campus programme).
The first batch of CMYPP will see more than 70 talented professionals being recruited jointly by the Assam Government and IIM Bangalore. Upon successful completion of the two-year programme, the participants will be awarded a Certificate in Public Policy and Management by IIMB.
The programme has been billed as unique by the Government of Assam because it has elements from successful fellowship programmes offered by State Governments, Central Government bodies and even the World Bank. All three elements – competitive remuneration, academic certificate and a focused domain approach – makes this programme a unique effort and the most significant attempt ever by Assam to attract quality talent outside traditional recruitment channels, an official note rea