2,000 researchers to get fellowship

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Mains Paper 2: Governance | Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Not Much

Mains level: Effective step for encouraging  scientific research among youngsters.


Fellowship for innovative research projects

  1. The Centre has firmed up the criteria for the procedure for selection of 2,000 research students from 23 Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru
  2. They will be eligible for fellowship of Rs. 70,000 a month for innovative research projects
  3. However, those who get the scholarships will have to refund the amounts if the project does not come to completion
  4. It is part of the research fellowship scheme of the Prime Minister
  5. This is expected to give a boost to quality research and innovation

Fruitfulness of the Scheme

  1. The scheme will offer an incentive to bright researchers who move towards corporate jobs for financial reasons to dedicate themselves to research and innovation
  2. They will not be permitted to take up a job during the term of the fellowship