The Central Government will provide INR 70,000 as a monthly fellowship to those researchers doing their PhDs in IITs or Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, Union higher education secretary Kewal Kumar Sharma said recently at the 67th Foundation Day of IIT Kharagpur. As part of the research fellowship scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Students are given adequate financial support and facilities to do research here in India.
Presently Students admitted to the PhD programme (regular) at IITs are eligible for a monthly scholarship of INR 25,000 from MHRD for the first two years and a monthly stipend of INR 28,000 for the next three years; after five years, they are eligible for a monthly financial assistance of INR 12,000 for one year. PhD candidates who do not avail hostel accommodation are also eligible for a house rent allowance (HRA) as per norms.
The Centre would soon announce a huge incentive in form of scholarship for students to take up research in the 23 Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru. Under the proposed Prime Minister’s special research scholarship scheme, the final year undergraduate students will also get direct admission to the integrated PhD programme in IITs and IISc and would get Rs 70,000 per month for five years. They are expected to secure a minimum of eight cumulative grade point average (CGPA) or figure in the top 20 ranks in terms of percentage to qualify for direct admission to PhD in the premier technical institutes.
The proposal, sent for the cabinet approval by the Union HRD Ministry, envisages monthly fellowship across 2000 IIT and IISc-Bangalore research students for a period of five years. As part of the research fellowship scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Central Government wishes the meritorious students who are being forced to leave the country for purely financial reasons stay within the country and indulge in the development and research activities.
The selection process for the scholarship will not be tough for meritorious Students. Graduates from the institutions will have to go through the “rigorous” selection process to qualify for the scholarship. Students are given adequate financial support and facilities to do research here in India and to check the brain drain issue.
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. However, the scholarship recipients can’t do any other job and hopeful to start it from the next session after the cabinet nod for the proposal.
Premier IITs and IISc Bengaluru always get ranked among the best educational institutes. In a ranking where universities from Singapore, China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan topped, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), fared well in the Rankings from various sources.
IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru, have found a place in the club of top 200 universities in the latest edition of the QS World University Rankings. The Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has been ranked eighth in the ‘Times Higher Education (THE) Best Small Universities” in the World 2017 Rankings.
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