Government mulling PM’s research fellowships for IIT pass-outs from next year

The government of India has realised the shortage of research oriented talent from past few decades. With an aim to encourage talented creamy layer to take up research, the government is planning to provide “Prime Minister’s Research Fellowships” for IIT pass outs.

“A committee headed by former IIT Mumbai Director and eminent scientist Anil Kakodkar too had recommended that third-year students of IITs and NITs should be initiated into PhD programmes,” a senior functionary said.

The IIT Council will be meeting on Tuesday and discuss the fellowship issue and guidelines to implement the scheme from next academic year.
The main aim of the fellowship is to encourage the best talent to enter research work especially in IIT’s.

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According to top officials from HRd ministry, that the quality of research is directly related to the quality of people, hence its is important to encourage the research.Keeping this in mind, the Human Resource Department Ministry is planning to implement ‘PM Research Fellowship’ for around 1,000 students from the next academic year.

It is said that B.Tech students pursuing their degree in IIT can enrol for PhD on completion of their course. The students need to write the research outline in the area of interest which will be evaluated by the panel constituted by IIT Board.

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According to the sources “A government panel headed by eminent scientist Anil Kakodkar had recommended that third-year students of IITs and NITs should be initiated into PhD programmes. There is a need to identify and encourage the best talents in IITs for quality research. The government has decided to discuss the issue for raising the overall standard of research and innovation in the country,”

The government of India has launched imprint India (Impacting Research Innovation and Technology) a 1000 Cr project to encourage research in the field of Science and Engineering.


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