An Assessment of Medhabikash Udyog of BRAC: Expectations and Achievements



Abstract

 

Medhabikash Udyog (which means initiatives for promoting talent) is a social experiment which aims to provide study opportunities to deprived meritorious students through a scholarship scheme. To do this, programme has set several criteria for the selection process such as academic results and living standards of the beneficiaries which are precisely measured before initiating the scholarship scheme. BRAC Primary School (BPS) graduates, Adivasi and physically challenged candidates get some flexibility in this selection process. The study was initiated to explore the function and effectiveness of this
programme. It also explored the challenges and further educational engagement of excluded beneficiaries. Both qualitative and quantitative techniques were applied for data collection. The study dealt with three types of Medhabikash beneficiaries: current, former and the excluded. In the survey, a total of 1009 beneficiaries were interviewed and out of them 452 were current and 557 were former beneficiaries. A total of 23 indepth interviews were conducted for capturing detailed information on challenges and educational involvement of excluded beneficiaries. Findings revealed that programme proved its efficiency in several aspects. Staff members are able to maintain the candidate selection procedure precisely. In general, beneficiaries belong to low income families and more than half of them belong to deficit households. Programme achieved positive acceptance from them. However, in few areas programme needs to improve several aspects including spending less time in selecting candidates, establishing a regular communication mechanism, organising frequent regional workshops and job fair, intensive monitoring and extend their support up to post-graduation level. Counselling sessions can be included for excluded beneficiaries to improve their wellbeing, resolve crises and increase their ability for better functioning. Medhabikash should collaborate with universities, private donors, and government agencies around the world, as well as with other affiliated organisations.

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  • Writer Name: Rifat Afroze
  • Published Date: Monday, 11 July 2016
  • Country: Bangladesh