NEW DELHI, MARCH 6: The students who have completed or are in the final year of B. Tech or Integrated M. Tech or M.Sc. in Science and Technology streams, in last 5 years with minimum 8.0 CGPA will get direct admission into PhD programmes in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore.
The ‘Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF)’ is aimed to encourage students from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIITs, to take up higher studies, they will be offered direct admission in the Ph.D programme in the IITs / IISc, after going through the selection process.
The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Satya Pal Singh in reply to a question in Lok Sabha said that the Government has approved the Scheme at a total cost of Rs.1650 crore for a period of seven years beginning 2018-19. The selected students will be offered a fellowship of Rs.70,000/- per month for the first two years, Rs.75,000/- per month for the 3rd year, and Rs.80,000/- per month in the 4th and 5th years.
Apart from this, a research grant of Rs.2.00 lakh will be provided to each of the Fellows for a period of 5 years to cover their foreign travel expenses for presenting research papers. A maximum of 3000 Fellows would be selected in a three year period. The government provides necessary budgetary support to all Institutions including IITs and IISc, inter-alia for up-gradation of research.
“For attracting highly skilled researchers and scientists to pursue their R&D interests in Indian Institutions, several initiatives have been launched such as: Faculty Recharge Programme, CV Raman Post-Doctoral Fellowship Scheme by University Grants Commission (UGC), Ramanujan Fellowship, JC Bose Fellowship, Swarnjayanti Fellowship, Young Scientist Project Award, Women Scientist Scheme by Department of Science & Technology (DST), and Ramalinga Swami Re-entry Fellowship by Department of Biotechnology. Ministry of Human Resource Development has launched Global Initiative for Academic Network (GIAN) which seeks to tap the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs from abroad, including those of Indian origin to augment the country’s existing academic resources,” the Minister added.