1. From Rs 25k to whopping Rs 75k; scholars doing PhDs from IITs, IISc to get whopping hike in monthly fellowship

From Rs 25k to whopping Rs 75k; scholars doing PhDs from IITs, IISc to get whopping hike in monthly fellowship

Research fellowship scheme of PM Narendra Modi: It's a big good news for PhD scholars!

By: | Updated: August 21, 2017 1:49 PM
Research fellowship scheme, phd students, central fellowship, Kewal Kumar Sharma, higher education secretary, IIT Kharagpur, IIT, iisc, Narendra Modi, phd scholars, phd The research fellowship will be given for a period of five years. (Photo from PTI)

It’s a big good news for PhD scholars! In a major development, Union higher education secretary Kewal Kumar Sharma has announced that as part of the research fellowship scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Centre will provide Rs 70,000 as a monthly fellowship to PhD scholars. But, this has a condition – Centre will provide Rs 70,000 as monthly fellowship ONLY to those researchers who are doing their PhDs in IITs or IISc. As of now, researcher-students get Rs 25,000 as monthly scholarship at IITs.

“As part of the research fellowship scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we wish the meritorious students who are being forced to leave the country for purely financial reasons stay within the country,” Union higher education secretary Kewal Kumar Sharma.

Kewal Kumar Sharma made this big announcement at the 67th Foundation Day of IIT Kharagpur at its Kharagpur campus in West Midnapore district, according to news agency PTI.

The research fellowship will be given for a period of five years. However, the scholarship recipients can’t do any other job, the senior official said.

Kewal Kumar Sharma says, “This will also enable meritorious researchers, keen to further their research but forced to opt for corporate jobs for higher pay, to pursue their goal.”

Cabinet nod yet to come

“The Cabinet nod for the proposal should come soon. We are hopeful to start it from the next session,” he said.

IIT-KGP director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti later said, “This is a very good proposal.”

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    gurpreet
    Aug 29, 2017 at 4:56 pm
    This is a welcome move by govt. Highly commendable.
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      Alok Singh
      Aug 21, 2017 at 7:04 pm
      Why only IIT and IISc Ph.D. Scholar get this offer . IT must be extended to full time Ph.D. Scholar of all universities who qualify any national level exam such as NET,GATE and other such exam.
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      1. Pallab Saha
        Aug 27, 2017 at 8:42 am
        "Why only IIT and IISc Ph.D. Scholar get this offer?" Because the number is limited to 2000 best researchers purely based on merit. Higher education at this level is meritocratic, not democratic. If you think, you are good, then get into one of these ins utions and stop whining.
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      2. SUNIL KUMAR
        Aug 21, 2017 at 2:12 pm
        It's not clear if it is going to start from session 2017-2018 or from 2018-2019.
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          Chand
          Aug 21, 2017 at 1:17 am
          so what if they go to US after PhD to do post doc. will it serve the stated purpose of stopping talent loss
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          1. Pallab Saha
            Aug 27, 2017 at 8:39 am
            Yes, they go to US for Post-Doc, but most come back to India as faculty members. Overseas exposure is beneficial to the system and the country.
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            Linzhi
            Aug 20, 2017 at 9:27 pm
            condition is they should register at rss shakha
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              Chand
              Aug 21, 2017 at 1:20 am
              thanks for posting - try something intellectual
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            2. Rakesh Mehrotra
              Aug 20, 2017 at 9:11 pm
              Please make sure that the outcome has to be patents/ IPR/products for applied research and papers at least in NATURE. The Ph.D degree must be treated as biproduct only. National labs should also be included in this programme. I find, by and large, R D of IITs and national labs are not world class and hence, the IIT and national lab researchers will have to gearup to new environment. For continuing such programmes it is necessary to grade scientists and provide them facilities accordingly.
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              1. Pallab Saha
                Aug 27, 2017 at 8:37 am
                IISc is a pure research ins ution. Ph.D is its primary product. Just as to be counted as a good actor, one does not need any recognition from Hollywood, similarly for researchers to be counted as effective they should focus on problems and priorities relevant to India. A publication in a western magazine NATURE is secondary, bordering on irrelevant.
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              2. Rakesh Mehrotra
                Aug 20, 2017 at 8:37 pm
                please make sure that the out come of such research must be in the form of IPRs and practical operational products to solve the current problems or theoritical research papers published at least in NATURE. The Ph. D degree must be treated as biproduct not the main aim of conducting research. I find the research conducted at IITs are not of global standard and most of the facility members will have to gear up accordingly. It will be a good idea to incclude national labs in this programme also and the scientists/facility must be graded accordingly for further assistance.
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