The idea is to make research attractive for the brightest students
The central government is considering the launch of a “Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship” for IIT pass outs stated officials at the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
A senior official stated, “A committee headed by former IIT Mumbai Director and eminent scientist Anil Kakodkar too had recommended that third year students of IITs and NITs should be initiated into PhD programmes.”
The officials added that the government was mindful of the fact that innovation was essential for increasing the overall productivity and efficiency in the county and was therefore eager to launch the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship for as many as 1000 students from the next academic session. The IIT Council will also be discussing the proposal when it meets on 23 August 2016.
According to sources, the proposal calls for final year B.Tech students to register for the fellowship as soon as they complete their course with a basic outline of their research project.
An official remarked, “The idea is to make research attractive to the fresh IIT pass outs so that they can focus their energies on path breaking research which can throw up solutions and strengthen the academic environment in the long run.”