"Two programmes will start this year. One is the free Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) training of reserved category students. The second will be fellowships for SC students who wish to do PhD or MPhil," said DR Parihar, Director General, BARTI.
The UPSC training will be imparted by various universities and monitored by BARTI. Each batch will have 70 students. Training will be free of cost for all reserved category students.
"We have signed MoUs with 13 universities. In the state, we are planning 17 centres. In Pune, there will be four centres - at Azam campus, All India Institute of Local Self Governance, Karve Institute and BARTI Campus at Yerawada," said Rohan Joshi, Project
Director. Women will have 30 per cent reservation. "Although the training is free of cost for all students enrolling for the course, SC students will be given special benefits. A stipend of Rs 3,500 per month to these students and a budget of Rs 6,000 has been earmarked for every student for books and stationery," said Joshi.
The universities will be responsible for infrastructure and tutors, but BARTI will sponsor the project entirely. A corpus of Rs 35 lakh has been constituted per university.
About BARTI: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Research and Training Institute, Pune is an initiative from State Government of Maharashtra under its policy objective of promoting Social Justice, essential for building a Welfare State.
The institute aims to increase social equity and to reduce the democratic deficit as envisioned by Dr. Babasaheb Ramji Ambedkar, the Father of Indian Constitution.
The institute undertakes research and training programmes that follow methodologies and tools of policy intervention, leadership development and social inclusion.