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PM Research fellowship grants up to Rs 80,000/month to bring back best brains to the country back

PM Research fellowship grants up to Rs 80,000/month to bring back best brains to the country back

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The PMRF includes monthly scholarships of Rs 70,000 to Rs 80,000 and annual research grants of Rs 2 lakh for select scholars. The Centre has approved an allocation of Rs 1,650 crore for these fellows to be spent over three years. 


One of the biggest hurdle of the education system in India is the lack of research facilities, and inspiration and incentives for young researchers. This has made many  bright minds to go abroad to pursue research a price paid heavy by the Indian science and innovation industry. With a vision to stop India`s best brains from taking up scholarships for frontier research abroad, the Union Cabinet has approved the PM Research Fellowships (PMRF) for students of higher education institutions like the IITs, IISERs and NITs, which will also be the country`s most lavish paid scholarships to date. 

The Union Minister Prakash Javedkar has informed at the #Pariksha peCharcha event that it is the Prime Minister`s vision to stregthen the infrastructural needs of research and innovation in India so that " there is only brain gain and no brain drain"

The PMRF includes monthly scholarships of Rs 70,000 to Rs 80,000 and annual research grants of Rs 2 lakh for select scholars. The Centre has approved an allocation of Rs 1,650 crore for these fellows to be spent over three years. 

And in another incentive for engineering graduates who want to pursue research, BTech graduates from IITs, IISERs, IIITs or NITs shortlisted for the PMRF will be eligible to directly pursue PhD at IITs or IISc, Bengaluru.

Apart from 1,000 annual scholarships under the scheme, the government is also planning to upgrade research facilities at the IITs and IISc. Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said the scheme, announced in the Budget and approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday, will pave the way for BTech graduates or graduates from integrated-MTech or MSc in science and technology streams to be offered "direct admission in PhD programme at the IITs/ IISc".

Javdekar has also said that there will be an integrated course for budding teachers as there are courses for doctors and engineers so that teachers are made out of choice. Around 13 lakh teachers have been trained by an integrated programme he informed at the vent today.


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