PhD stipend for IIT students with eligibility criteria

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CIn a welcome move by the Human Resources Development Ministry, Rs.75,000 per month fellowship has been proposed under the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Programme for PhD fellows at the IITs. This fellowship amount which the candidates will receive is at par with the salaries paid by multinational companies.

At present, there are 25,000 scholars enrolled in different PhD programmes and this move will further promote higher education and retain talent in the country, there are 23 IITs in the country right now and an Indian Institute of Science IISc, which is based in Bengaluru. The eligibility criteria and seats offered are as follows:

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    Minimum first class Master degree in the relevant discipline of the Engineering/Technology, OR
    2. Minimum first class Bachelor degree in the relevant Engineering/ Technology discipline from a reputed Institute with a valid GATE score,
    OR
    3. B.Tech degree from an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) with a minimum CPI of 8.0 OR
    4. Minimum first Class Master Degree in the relevant discipline of Science with valid GATE qualification
    OR UGC/CSIR-JRF qualification OR equivalent fellowship.
  • Number of Seats : 330-340 in each IIT/IISc

According to Union higher education secretary Kewal Kumar Sharma, under the scheme, those PHD scholars graduating from IITs, NITs, IIITs, if they do their PhDs in IITs or IISc Bengaluru, they would be given a very “handsome fellowship” of Rs. 70,000 per month for five years.

Presently, researcher-students are given scholarship of Rs. 25000 p.m. for first two years now and after completion of two years of fellowship and on receipt of satisfactory report on successful presentation of Progress Seminar, the fellowships are enhanced to Rs. 28000 p.m. for remaining years (i.e. 3rd, 4th, & 5th year). This will be significantly raised to Rs. 75,000 p.m. for the complete PHD programme for 5 years. The Govt. will provide 2,000 such monthly fellowships across the IIT system and IISc Bengaluru.

Premier IITs and IISc Bengaluru always get ranked among the best educational institutes. In a ranking where universities from Singapore, China, South Korea, Hong Kong and Japan topped, IISc Bangalore and IIT Bombay fared well recently in the Times Higher Education’s Asia University Rankings 2017. IISc Bangalore was ranked in the 27th place while IIT Bombay secured 42nd rank.

The good news however has a catch. In order to avoid misuse of the scheme, the ministry has also proposed that the fellows would have to return the entire amount if they leave the course midway.

The proposal draft has gone past the Finance Ministry and is still awaiting the nod from the Cabinet. Upon approval it’s feasible to implement it in the next session. If passed, the same is sure to attract more and more students to take up these programmes in country’s premier engineering colleges.