Only 135 out of 1,000 aspirants bag prime minister’s research fellowship
Only 135 researchers out of 1,000 aspirants have been selected for the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF). They will get direct admission to doctoral programmes (PHD) in the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITS) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISC). The PMRF was announced by finance minister Arun Jaitley in the union budget this year to fight ‘brain drain’ in cutting-edge science and technology domains. The opportunity, however, is limited to students who have either completed or are pursuing the final year of their Btech or integrated Mtech or integrated MSC from either IISC, IITS, National Institutes of Technology (NITS), Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology (IIEST) or Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERS). The stringent selection procedure, officials say, is the reason behind utilisation of just 13 percent of fellowship this year.