Now, Top-Scoring B.Tech Graduates Can Secure Direct Admission To PhD!

| February 9 , 2018 , 15:36 IST

With a goal to turn 'brain drain' to 'brain gain' and encourage research, the government has announced 'Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF)' scheme to motivate the best brains to take up research in India, as compared to abroad.

The PMRF scheme provides opportunities to the top 1,000 B.Tech graduates or integrated M.Tech or M.Sc graduates from IITs, IISERs, IIITs and NITs to directly pursue PhD courses at IITs or IISc Bengaluru. The scheme will be in effect from the 2018-19 academic year and minimum eligibility is a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 8.5.

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The selected students will be offered a fellowship amount of Rs 70,000 per month for the first two years, Rs 75,000 per month for the 3rd year, and Rs 80,000 per month for the 4th and 5th years. In addition, each of the 'fellows' will be provided with a research grant of Rs 2 lakh for a period of 5 years to enable them to participate in international research conferences and present research papers.

Apart from the 1,000 annual scholarships under the PMRF, the government is also planning to improve the existing research facilities at the IITs and the IISc.

Research is an integral part of the growth of a nation as it brings in new ideas, new patents and new technology. Nations focussed on more research inevitably have higher ranking education systems and increased growth. In the past, however, students from India would use international scholarships to go abroad and seek advanced education and pursue research in the absence of adequate facilities in India.