Only 135 out of 1,000 as­pi­rants bag prime min­is­ter’s re­search fel­low­ship

Governance Now - - BRIEFINGS -

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.

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