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Ten Days after it began accepting online applications for the Chief Minister’s Urban Leaders Fellowship programme, the Delhi government has received more than 4,100 applications from candidates in India and abroad.
According to government officials, 30 people would be selected under the fellowship programme that will rope in candidates between 21 and 35 years to work with the state government for two years.
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Government officials said as of June 24, as many as 6,000 login IDs had been created on the Delhi government’s online application portal. Among the 4,100 applications, 50 are from top universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and MIT, said an official.
Over 250 applications were from Indian Institutes of Technology in Delhi, Bombay and Kanpur and Indian Institutes of Management in Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta. More than 100 professionals who applied are working with international organisations such as United Nations, World Bank and leading management consulting firms like McKinsey, BCG, Bain, KPMG and PWC, he added.
Officials said the government aims at roping in young professionals into addressing urban challenges in India, and experience what “making change happen” feels like.
Applications for the programme for 2016 will be closed on July 4.
Government officials said candidates will be evaluated on criteria such as leadership qualities, achievement orientation and motivation. Short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. “The final round will consist of a personal interview in Delhi with a panel comprising Delhi government officials and external experts,” said an official.
The programme will also offer remuneration of up to Rs 1.25 lakh a month based on academic, professional and work experience, said officials. Fellows will work directly under the supervision of secretary or director-level officers or advisers of the government. High-level reviews of each fellowship assignment across government departments, will be carried out by the chief minister or the deputy chief minister every quarter.
“A performance appraisal will be conducted at the end of the first year of the programme. If their performance is satisfactory, the Fellows may be made an offer to continue into the second year of the programme,” said a government official.