Amendments brought in the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Scheme
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II – Education;
- 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.
- 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.