Govt to give fellowship to 1000 B. Tech, M. Tech meritorious students

Govt to give fellowship to 1000 B. Tech, M. Tech meritorious students”

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.

The Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had on February 1 announced a Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme in the Union Budget. Indigenous research and cutting-edge science and technology would help polish the reserves of science and technology as well.

With a goal to turn "brain drain" to "brain gain" and encourage research, the government has announced 'Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF)' scheme to motivate the best brains to take up research in India, as compared to overseas. Research under the scheme will address our national priorities on the one hand and the shortage of quality faculty in premier educational institutions of the country on the other. "Our attempt is to turn the "brain drain" into "brain gain", which we will achieve by providing guidance, research facilities and scholarships - things for which our students go to foreign shores", said the Minister.

In the first two years, the students will be given a fellowship of ₹70,000 a month which will increase to ₹75,000 per month in the third and will be ₹80,000 per month in the fourth and fifth year.

Reportedly, a candidate aspiring for the fellowship program should have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.5 or higher in his/her final year of B.Tech, integrated M.Tech or M.Sc in science and technology streams. 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 worldwide conferences and seminars.

The Minister said that Pareeksha pe Charcha is an event which relates to most of the households of the country as exam season is round the corner.He also said that during the interaction PM would reply to the queriesof the students which they can upload on the link 10 students will get an opportunity to ask questions directly.

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