- Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme How private institutes students can available this benefit.
- In order to promote research in higher educational institutions and improve its quality, some amendments have been made in the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Scheme.
After these amendments, students of any recognized institute and university in the scheme will now be able to apply to take advantage of this scheme.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has made amendments to benefit the scheme to maximum students. According to this, now students of any recognized institute or university will be eligible for fellowship. Apart from this, the ministry has also cut the GATE score for GATE exam.
Human Resource Development Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has announced this on his Facebook account. He said that more and more students can join research. Amendments have been made to the scheme for this. Earlier only students of Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institute of Technology, National Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology and CFIIT were eligible to apply in this scheme.
But now students of any institute and university will be able to apply. Now students who have obtained 8 CGPA will also be able to apply for GATE exam. This initiative may be a better opportunity for students in research. Changes in the plan will increase the trend of students in research.
Significantly, the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Scheme was launched in 2018-2019. Under this, one thousand students are given fellowships every year. A total of 119 students were selected for the scheme in the year 2019. Financial assistance up to Rs 80 thousand: Students who are successful in the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Scheme are given financial assistance up to 80 thousand rupees under the fellowship.
To apply for PMRF through this channel, the candidate must satisfy all of the following criteria:
(1) In the preceding three years, the candidate should have either:
(a) completed or be pursuing the final year of Bachelors or Masters degree in Science and Technology streams from any of the Institute/University recognized in India with CGPA of 8.0 or above and GATE score of 650 or above in the relevant subject (the GATE criteria is waived if the qualifying degree is from one of the centrally funded technical institutes), or,
(b) qualified GATE and completed or be pursuing M.Tech./MS by research at one of the PMRF Granting Institutes having a minimum CGPA of 8.0 or above at the end of the first semester with a minimum of four courses.
(2) They apply and get selected in the Ph.D. programme in one the PMRF granting institutes.
(3) The PMRF granting institute, which has admitted the student in the Ph.D. programme through the regular selection process (interveiw), makes a strong recommendation for award of PMRF in view of his/her merit. The metrics on which the candidates will be judged will include (but not restricted to): research exposure, publications, performance in international academic competitions, grades and recommendation letters.