Central Govt. to provide fellowship of Rs 70,000 for PhD researchers

In the recent event of 67th Foundation Day of IIT Kharagpur, Union higher education secretary Kewal Kumar Sharma has said the Central Government will provide Rs 70,000 as monthly fellowship to those researchers doing their PhDs in Indian Institutes of Technology(s) and Indian Institute of Science across the country. Currently research scholars get Rs 25,000 as monthly scholarship at IITs.

According to the reports, in March this year, the HRD Ministry had proposed a Rs 70,000 monthly fellowship for selected PhD scholars from IITs under the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) programme.

“As part of the research fellowship scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we wish the meritorious students who are being forced to leave the country for purely financial reasons stay within the country.

“We will provide 2,000 such monthly fellowships across the IIT system and IISc Bengaluru,” Sharma said at the 67th Foundation Day of IIT Kharagpur at its Kharagpur campus in West Midnapore district yesterday. The authorities will provide it for five years, he said.

This will also enable meritorious researchers, keen to further their research but forced to opt for corporate jobs for higher pay, to pursue their goal, he said. However, the scholarship recipients can’t do any other job, the senior official said.


According to IIT Bombay PhD researchers list published recently, in first two years, scholars would be provided Rs 25,000 monthly fellowship and after its completion and on the receipt of the satisfactory report on successful presentation of progress seminar, the fellowship would be extended to Rs 28,000 for remaining years.

Launching of such fellowship programme can stop our brilliant students to leave the country just because of the financial reasons so that they would stay in the country. We will provide 2,000 monthly fellowships for scholars from the IITs and IISc Bangluru, said Kewal Kumar Sharma.

He also added that the drafts for the programme are ready and sent to the Finance ministry and it would be approved soon. We hope to make this scheme possible by the next couple of months so that it can be implemented from the next session.

“The cabinet nod for the proposal should come soon. We are hopeful to start it from the next session,” he said. IIT-KGP director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti later said, “This is a very good proposal.”


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