1. Good news for BTech students! PM Research Fellowship scheme announced; starting from Rs 70,000/month

Good news for BTech students! PM Research Fellowship scheme announced; starting from Rs 70,000/month

The Prime Minister Research Fellowship scheme for 1,000 B.Tech students for pursuing PhD courses at IITs and IISc will help convert brain drain into brain gain, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said today.

By: | New Delhi | Published: February 8, 2018 10:12 PM
prakash javadekar, btech, research fellowship scheme, brain drain, brain gain, iit, iisc, hrd, arun jaitley The PM Research Fellowship scheme for 1,000 B.Tech students for pursuing PhD courses at IITs and IISc will help convert brain drain into brain gain. (Image: PTI)

The Prime Minister Research Fellowship scheme for 1,000 B.Tech students for pursuing PhD courses at IITs and IISc will help convert brain drain into brain gain, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said today. The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the scheme at a cost of Rs 1,650 crore for a period of seven years, beginning in 2018-19. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced the scheme in his budget speech in Parliament on February 1. “The scheme will go a long way in tapping the talent pool of the country for carrying out research indigenously in cutting edge science and technology domains,” Javadekar told reporters at a press conference here. “Research under the scheme will address our national priorities at the one hand and shortage of quality faculty in premier educational institutions of the country on the other. It will help convert brain drain into brain gain,” he said. Under the scheme, students who have completed or are in final year of B.Tech or integrated M.Tech or M.Sc in science and technology streams at IISc, IITs, NITs, IISERs, IIITs will be offered direct admissions in PhD programmes in IITs and IISc.

Students, who would fulfil the eligibility criteria and get shortlisted, would be offered a fellowship of Rs 70,000 a month during the first two years, Rs 75,000 per month during the third year and Rs 80,000 per month during the fourth and the fifth year, it added. A research grant of Rs two lakh each will also be provided to the fellows for a period of five years to cover their foreign travel expenses for presenting research papers at international conferences and seminars.

The minister also talked briefly on “Pareeksha Pe Charcha”, the prime minister’s interaction with students at Talkatora Stadium scheduled for February 16. About 2,000 school and college students including teachers and principals will participate in the programme. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will advise students on beating exam stress and appearing for exams with a positive attitude,” Javadekar said.

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  1. Saurav Bhaumick
    Feb 9, 2018 at 10:18 pm
    Education is not all engineering and btech students!!!!!!!!! Misconceptions of developing countries.
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    1. Leoz Knight
      Feb 9, 2018 at 7:44 pm
      I going for NOTA UNEMPLOYED Engineer since 2014
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      1. Fun Unlimited
        Feb 9, 2018 at 9:35 am
        If the PM thinks that research is only carried out by IITS, IISC AND NITS, then he should shut down all other universities and research ins ute and colleges in this country.
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