Schemes for ‘Brain Drain to Brain Gain’:Cabinet Approves PM’S Scheme for Research Fellows(Important) (Download PDF)


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The Union Cabinet approved ‘Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) ’ scheme for a period of seven years from 2018 - 19 at a total cost of Rs. 1650 crore. The fellowship scheme was announced in the Budget Speech 2018 - 19.

Image of Schemes for ‘Brain Drain to Brain Gain’

Image of Schemes for ‘Brain Drain to Brain Gain’

Image of Schemes for ‘Brain Drain to Brain Gain’

  • The scheme is launched to realize the vision ‘development through innovation’.
  • The scheme will help Indian talent in carrying out indigenous research in innovative science and technology domains.

Other Schemes for ‘Brain Drain to Brain Gain’

  • A higher education finance agency was made to provide loans without interest to good institutions to improve their laboratories and research facilities.

  • Under ‘Uchchatar Abhishkar Yojna’ (UAY) started by the government, research students are working on customized requirements of the industry.

  • Under Rashtriya Uchcha Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), the government is providing Rs. two crore to rural colleges and Rs. 20 crore to universities for upgrading their infrastructure,

  • Another scheme of the HRD Minstry – ‘Tequip’, which is now in its third phase, aims to uplift technical education infrastructure with a special focus on the institutions of east and northeast.

  • ’Pareeksha pe Charcha, the Prime Minister’s interaction with students, which was held 16th February, 2018. About 2000 school and college students including teachers and principals participated in the programme. PM replied to the queries of the students which they uploaded on the link

Refer: Making Exams Fun: Chat with PM Narendra Modi

Who Will Get the Fellowship under This New Scheme?

  • The scheme will benefit 1000 best students who have completed or are in the final year of B. Tech or Integrated M. Tech or M. Sc. in Science and Technology streams from IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIITs

  • The students to get direct admission in PhD programme in the IITs/IISc.

  • A minimum of 8 CGPA is essential eligibility.

  • Students should have completed the required academic qualification in the last five years.

  • Students, who fulfil the eligibility criteria, have to be shortlisted through a selection process

Benefits to Students

Under this fellowship scheme, selected students will be offered

  • A fellowship of Rs. 70, 000/- per month for the first two years

  • A fellowship of Rs. 75, 000/- per month for the 3rd year

  • A fellowship of Rs. 80, 000/- per month in the 4th and 5th years

  • A research grant of Rs. 2.00 lakh will be provided to each fellow for a period of 5 years to cover their foreign travel expenses for presenting research papers in international conferences and seminars.

Key Facts

  • For each discipline, one IIT or IISc will be the Nodal Institute- will rotate once in two years.

  • For the first two years National Coordination Committee (NCC), comprising of 7 - 8 Directors of IITs/IISc will decide on the Nodal Institutes.

  • NCC will be the apex decision body of the fellowship scheme.

  • For the selected students, there will be internal reviews twice a year. Students shall have to present their work at National Convention held every year.

The research undertaken by fellows under this scheme will address national priorities at one hand and shortage of quality faculty in premier educational institutions of country.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 22, 2018

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