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Union Minister announces 200 fellowships for researchers from neighboring countries

Union Minister announces 200 fellowships for researchers from neighboring countries

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Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan announced 200 fellowships for researchers from neighbouring countries.  The announcement took place at India International Science Festival (IISF).


Researcher, scientists and academicians from neighbouring countries like Afghanistan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka Bhutan can now research in India with the 2018 Indian Science and Research Fellowship (ISRF), a fully paid fellowship.

To support PhD scholars, a new element has been added in the 2018-India Science and Research Fellowship scheme. "The scheme for the first time will also include doctoral students in science, engineering and medical fields to undertake project-related research work in any premier research and academic institution in India up to a period of six months," Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said in front of Afghanistan`s Minister of Higher Education Abdul Latif Roshan and Bangladesh`s Minister for Science and Technology Yeafesh Osman and reported by PTI.

The announcement was made at India International Science Festival (IISF). Held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The event that began on October 13 will end on October 16.

This move will not only build capacity but will also step up India’s research network with neighbouring countries. The scientific temperament inculcated by neighbouring countries will help India in a long run for its own scientific and technological advancement.

Two hundred travel slots every year were announced for the researchers from these countries to be supported by the Department of Science and Technology to enable them to make the best use of these advanced training programs offered by India.

India is engaged in active cooperation in the field of science and technology with more than 44 countries, including advanced, emerging and developing nations.

The 1st IISF was held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) New Delhi in December 2015. The mega S&T expo attracted more than 3 Lakh people. Indeed, the event was a great success with the participation of more than 3000 young scientists across the country. The 2nd IISF was held at CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, New Delhi in December 2016 with a view to improving their scientific understanding, temperament and appreciation for various feats in science & technology by showcasing Indian achievements.


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