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Amendments brought in the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Scheme

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  • May 11, 2020
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Amendments brought in the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Scheme

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Education; 

In News:

  • Recently various amendments have been brought in the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Scheme by the Ministry of Human Resources and Development to boost research in the country.

Key takeaways:

  • Now, students from any recognized university can apply for the Fellowship. Earlier it was open only for students from Central Universities, IITs, IISc, NITs, IISERs, IIEST and IIITs.
  • The requirement of GATE score has also been reduced from 750 to 600.
  • There will be two channels of entries i.e direct entry and lateral entry.
  • National Institute of Technologies (NITs) can also become PMRF Granting institution. NITs appear in top 25 institutions in the National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF). 
  • A dedicated division “Research and Innovation Division” will be formed in the MHRD to boost research. 

Important value additions:

Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) Scheme

  • It was launched to attract meritorious students into research in 2018. 
  • It offers direct admission to such students in the Ph.D programmes in various higher educational institutions in the country.
  • The research under PMRF will be carried in cutting edge science and technology domains
  • The institutes which can offer PMRF include all the IITs, IISERs, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and some of the top Central Universities/NITs
  • A research grant of Rs. 2 lakh per year is provided to each of the Fellows for a period of 5 years to cover their academic contingency expenses and for foreign/national travel expenses along with monthly stipend. 

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