Ramalingaswami Re-Entry Fellowship Programme and Ramalingaswami’S Research Formed (Important) (Download PDF)


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The Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship was conceived in the year 2006 - 07 for encouraging scientists (Indian Nationals) working outside the country to return. The Indian national scientists could pursue their research interests in Modern Biology, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, and related areas.

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Aim of the Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship Programme Scheme

  • The aim of the scheme is to improve the country’s human resource capacity in life sciences, modern biology and biotechnology research – both in terms of development, translation and diffusion by means of attracting young scientists settled abroad.
  • Provide fertile environment to the fellows returning to India through resources and funding.
  • Fellows are to be made aware of the current scientific scenario of the country and the pressing issues needing immediate redressal.

Performance of Fellowship Programme Since Introduction a Decade Ago

  • During the last ten years, 1492 applications were received- 396 were offered fellowship and 280 took up positions in Indian Laboratories.

  • 188 fellows sought permanent faculty positions in host institutes in India.

  • Fellowship picked up the momentum and resulted in creating a brand value in itself.

  • Fellows performed extremely well publishing their research in peer reviewed National and International scientific journals.

  • Program transformed scientific scenario of the country through innovative technologies and outstanding research on issues of national relevance.

How Are the Fellows Monitored or Mentored?

  • Work done by fellows is monitored through three days conclave to listen to their research, mentor them, & help them understand the scientific ecosystem in India.

  • Conclave meeting monitors progress of the fellows providing platform to interact, discuss, and exchange innovative ideas


  • The 8th Conclave was organized by National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) New Delhi during 15 - 17th February 2018 on behalf of Department of Biotechnology.

  • Despite all odds, scientists are able to establish themselves and create a niche for themselves.

  • The alumni also encouraged to share their experiences as a Ramalinga Fellow.

Who Was Dr. Vulimiri Ramalingaswami?

  • Vulimiri Ramalingaswami was an Indian medical scientist whose pioneering research on nutrition got him elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society of London.

  • He experiments on correction of Iodine deficiency by supplementation of common salt with potassium iodate laid foundation for the National Iodine Deficiency Control Programme.

  • He has significant contributions in the discovery of new syndrome of Non-cirrhotic Portal Fibrosis (NCPF) and Indian Childhood Cirrhosis.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 17, 2018

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