- The Union Cabinet on 7 February 2018 approved the ‘Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF-Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship-PMRF)’ scheme for a total cost of Rs.1650 crore for a period of 7 years from 2018-19.
- This fellowship scheme is an important step towards fulfilling the dream of development through the innovation of the Prime Minister.
- It is known that this plan was announced by the Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley in the Union Budget 2018-19.
Prime Minister’s Research Fellows Scheme Plan Features
A total of 3,000 students will be included in this scheme with approval of Rs 1,650 crore, in which they will be selected for a period of three years from the beginning of the year 2018-19.
Under this scheme, 1000 best students of the country of B.Tech, Consolidated M.Tech or IISc, IIT, NIT, IISER and have passed B.Tech or Integrated M.Tech or M.Sc in Science and Technology subjects. And direct admission will be given to the Ph.D. program of IISc.
- Under this scheme, B.Tech in Science and Technology subjects from the Indian Institute of Science, IIT, NIT, IISER, IIIT. OR Integrated M.Tech. Or excellent students passing MSc or final year will be given direct entry into a Ph.D. program in IIT / IISc.
- Students who meet the eligibility criteria and who have been shortlisted through the selection process laid down in the PMRF guidelines, get Rs 70,000 per month for the first 2 years, Rs 75,000 per month for the third year and Rs 80,000 per month in the fourth and fifth year. Fellowship will be awarded.
- In addition to this, a research grant of Rs 2 lakh will be given to each scholar for a period of 5 years to meet their foreign travel-related expenses for presenting research papers in international conferences and seminars.
- A maximum of 3000 fellows will be selected in three years starting from the period of 2018-19.
- This scheme will help in exploiting the talent available in the country for doing indigenous research in frontier areas of science and technology.
- Research under this scheme will solve the national priority of the country on the one hand and on the other hand, will overcome the shortage of quality faculty in the major educational institutions of the country.
Other schemes to promote research(Research Fellows Scheme Plan)
- INSPIRE – It attracts talent and motivates them to study science from a young age and pursue a career in research. It also helps to create the requisite human resource pool to strengthen and expand the base of S&T and R&T in the country.
- Research Promotion Scheme – It promotes research in defined areas.
- E-Shodh Sindhu – Its objective is to provide e-resources for technical education to 94 AICTE supported technical institutes.
- Grant for Organizing Conference – It provides financial support to institutions for organizing congresses at various national and international levels in various fields of technical education.
Such schemes are highly beneficial, as these schemes reduce the brain drain and encourage the growth of science and technology, which also contributes to the development of the country.
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