Prime Minister Research Fellowship Scheme – PMRF for Ph.D. Students in India

Dated: February 8, 2018 | Updated On: February 24, 2018 | Category: Central Government, Pradhan Mantri Yojana Beneficiary of Scheme:

Union Cabinet, Central government has approved Prime Minister Research Fellowship (PMRF) Scheme for Ph.D Students. Subsequently, students who have passed their B.tech / Integrated M.Tech from IISC / IIT / NIT / IISER / IITs can directly get admission in PhD in IITs and IISC. For this scheme, central govt. has allotted Rs. 1650 crore for the upcoming seven years starting from 2018-19.

Under this scheme, govt. is going to select 3000 fellows in a period of 3 years. Accordingly, this scheme will realize the vision of “development with innovation”. Each candidate will get financial assistance of Rs. 55,00,000 for their research work.

Latest Update – Central govt. is now inviting PMRF online application forms from 24 February 2018. The closure date is 31 March 2018. Accordingly, candidates can fill the PMRF Online Application Form All the selected candidates will have to face the interview from 15 May 2018 onwards. Moreover, the results will get declared on 1 June 2018 (tentative).

Candidates can carry forward their research work ingenuously in domains of science and technology. Moreover, this scheme will help in improving the quality of ITI (Industrial Training Institute) across the country.

Prime Minister Research Fellowship Scheme – Amount / Salary / Grant

Under PMRF, each fellow will receive financial assistance for 5 years to carry forward their research activities. The amount of research fellowship and other research grants for a single fellow is described as follows:-

Studying YearResearch Fellowship / Salary (per month)Research Grant (per annum)Total (in one year)
First Year (I)Rs. 70,000 p.mRs. 2 LakhRs. 10,40,000
Second Year (II)Rs. 70,000 p.mRs. 2 LakhRs. 10,40,000
Third Year (III)Rs. 75,000 p.mRs. 2 LakhRs. 11,00,000
Fourth Year (IV)Rs. 80,000 p.mRs. 12 LakhRs. 11,60,000
Fifth Year (V)Rs. 80,000 p.mRs. 2 LakhRs. 11,60,000
TotalRs. 55,00,000

Govt. will select 3000 fellows in next 3 years and will spend this amount on each one of them to encourage growth of nation. Every year, govt. will provide additional Rs. 2 lakh per year for foreign travel expenses to present research papers in international conference and seminars.

Prime Minister Research Fellowship (PMRF) Scheme – Details

Central govt. will select best students who are in final year or have completed B.Tech / Integrated M.Tech or M.Sc in science and technology from IITs / IISc / NITs / IISERs / IIITs will be ofered direct admission in Ph.D. programmes in IITs and IISc. Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) will implement this scheme and will soon start accepting proposals.

In addition to this, each fellow must have to teach at any Industrial Training Institute (ITIs) once in a week. There are around 14,000 ITIs across various parts of the country. This scheme will promote knowledge transfer as fellows will teach students of engineering / science colleges. Thus this scheme will help in improving the overall quality of ITIs across the country.

ITIs were previously under Labour Ministry which now have been transferred to Skill Ministry since 2015. PMRF scheme will address our national priorities at one hand and shortage of quality faculty on the other hand.

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