GUWAHATI: A batch of 14 research scholars from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G) have been selected for the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme. All the 14 PhD enrolled students in interdisciplinary programmes have been selected for the scheme through the lateral entry channel.
The group of selected IIT-G students are: Neelarnab Dutta, Rupresha Deb, Jegyasu, Rajnandan Das, Samik Mitra, Sampreet Kalita, Subhankar Biswas, Tripti Paul, Kumudhini Akasapu, Souradeep Dey, Ankit Chowdhury, Kakali Borah, Himadree Das and Aniket Banerjee.
“This initiative by the Government of India will attract the best talents from the country for pursuing high-end research at IIT-G. This will also realise the Prime Minister’s vision of high-end multidisciplinary technology development and self-sustenance through innovation. We are ready to help the selected PMRF recipients realise their full potential and guide them so that they can achieve their long-term career goals and contribute to the growth of the country,” said IIT-G director Prof. TG Sitharam.
As per the PMRF scheme, each fellow will be eligible to get a monthly fellowship of Rs 70,000 for the first two years, Rs 75,000 for the 3rd year, and Rs 80,000 in the 4th and 5th year. In addition to this, each fellow would be eligible for a research grant of Rs 2 lakh per year (a total of Rs 10 lakh for five years).
“After the selection, every fellow will be given deliverables to be achieved each year. The deliverables will be decided by the assigned guide. The deliverables will be designed while keeping in view the research topic selected by the fellows and are also likely to be reviewed annually for the progress of their research objectives,” stated an IIT-G release.
The PMRF scheme was announced in the 2018-2019 Budget and has been designed for improving the quality of research along with providing unparalleled research opportunities in various higher educational institutions in the country. The scheme is administered by the Union ministry of education and aims to promote the growth of engineers and scientists in the country.
The Centre has amended the PMRF scheme by allowing lateral entry and also modifying the minimum score required to be eligible for the scholarship. As per the revised regulations, the minimum score required in the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) has been reduced from 750 to 650. In addition to the direct entry, provision for lateral entry has also been made, permitting ongoing PhD students who have already been enrolled for 12 or 24 months to avail this fellowship. Source From : Times Of India