Prime Minister Narendra Modi with IAS Probationary Officers, at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat on 31 October
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with IAS Probationary Officers, at the Statue of Unity in Kevadia, Gujarat on 31 October | ANI Photo
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New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has launched a unique mentorship programme called ‘Nurture the Future’, under which civil service probationers will have to adopt adolescents as mentees and guide them throughout their educational and professional lives.

The initiative, which was formally launched during the first-ever common foundation course for civil service trainees of the 2019 batch, aims to provide mentorship to underprivileged and socially or economically-backward children studying in class 10 and above.

In the first batch, the government has identified 425 children from 11 villages in Kevadiya, Gujarat, where Sardar Patel’s ‘Statue of Unity’ is located, and associated them with the 425 officer trainees of 20 civil services, including the IAS, IPS, IFS and IRS.

“We have linked the officer trainee and their mentee with their Aadhaar numbers, so that they can stay in touch throughout their professional lives,” a senior official from the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said.

“The idea is in sync with the government’s desire to provide mentorship to those from underprivileged backgrounds, and also instil a sense of social responsibility among civil servants,” the official added.

“It will also ensure that these children continue to have access to these civil servants even when they become secretaries and top officers in other positions.”

While the government has started the programme in Kevadiya, it aims to expand it to other parts of the country in subsequent years.

“We are even creating a portal for this purpose, and while right now only probationers at LBSNAA (Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration) are a part of this programme, we will eventually ask all government training academies to adopt it,” another official said.


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A ‘fulfilling’ experience 

Vikram Virkar, a trainee IAS officer who has become a mentor to a class 10 student, said while the programme is at a nascent stage, it has already been a fulfilling experience.

“My mentee was very curious to know what I do, the nature of my job, what he needs to achieve what I have achieved, among other things,” Virkar said.

“He wanted to know where I come from, whether I can speak English fluently, and how he can overcome his inability to speak English,” he added.

“There were some very innocent questions, like if one can be successful without speaking English well, or whether I’ve ever been to Mumbai or not.”


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  1. The Congress created a Nouveau Kleptocracy as their bulwark with appeasement, doles, corruption and reservations. The BJP has moved further by laying the foundation of a Nouveau Kleptocracy within the Kleptocracy like Napoleon’s dogs in Animal Farm:

  2. Modi seems to be still the PM of only Gujarat every schem only starts there and then it’s forgotten in the rest of the country

  3. Why this rule applied only for upsc civil servent … it should also be applied to our polititians, leaders i.e-MLA,MP, ministers,etc .. obviously ips,ias can be better mentors but politians can be more capable of doing so financialy because in india there are millions of child’s who suffer s for both proper guidance as well as financial help…. Overall great initiative .

  4. O K. BUT WHY THE UNDERPRIVILEGED OF KEVADIA, GUJARAT ONLY? WHY NOT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.CIVIL SERVANTS ARE FACE OF THE COUNTRY & THEY BELONG TO THE ENTIRE COUNTRY.LET US NOT BE GUJARAT PHOBIC.

  5. The initiative looks really promising . In rural areas, many students don’t have any idea about IAS, IPS,IFS. Many students even decides to sit for the UPSC after graduating, because they don’t have proper guidance. An initiative like this is really praiseworthy.

  6. Good steps by Modi Govt.
    The civil servants should pay back to the society.Govt.should identify the eligible teens and provide the entire list to the civil servants just like adoption of villages by mp”s .
    While assessing their Annual Performance for permotions, this aspect should also be considered
    They are generally disinterested because of their TIME SCALE PROMOTION.it should be changed too MERIT BASED .

  7. It’s a good initiative take by the goi ,which emphasis the improvement of youth in rural populated district . An initiative had been taken over by the modi government to improve the quality of nationals on going youth,a populated county where youth citizen plays a vital role

  8. On the one hand Modi government is cutting the IAS down to size by its lateral entry experiment, and on the other it is asking the same IAS to groom the next generation officers!
    And why does everything have to start from Gujarat? Hitler thought the Nazi were a superior breed. Now someone thinks GUJJU is a superior breed. Nazi ended up being a hated word…. Jai Shri Ram

    • Please do not look at everything from political angle. Modi spent a long time in his state and hence many good plans had origin from there which he plans to extend to the entire country. As for the lateral entry to IAS, it is good for the country. Regarding your anger towards the GUJJUS, some races are good in making money no matter wherever they are. You will never find a Bong in motel business in USA even though they are not small numbers in that country.

      • Only one correction : I have many good friends among Gujjus, so no one can say I have anger towards them. But isn’t what I said true, that Nazi became a disliked word after WW II

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