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Rs 70,000 monthly fellowship for IIT, IISc PhD researchers

In a major announcement, all the students doing Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) will be getting Rs 70,000 per month as fellowship amount.

The statement came from Centre’s Union Higher Education Secretary Kewal Kumar Sharma. As of now, all the researcher-students get just Rs 25,000 as monthly scholarship at IITs.

Excerpts from Union Higher Education Secretary’s statement:

“As part of the research fellowship scheme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we wish the meritorious students who are being forced to leave the country for purely financial reasons stay within the country.”

“We will provide 2,000 such monthly fellowships across the IIT system and IISc Bengaluru,” Sharma said at the 67th Foundation Day of IIT Kharagpur at its Kharagpur campus in West Midnapore district on Friday. It will be given for a period of five years,  Kewal Kumar Sharma added in a recent PTI report.

Helping meritorious researchers to do further their research:

Moreover, this change in fellowship would help meritorious researchers, who are keen to continue their research but forced to opt for corporate jobs for higher pay, to pursue their goal.

Further, the senior official said that the scholarship recipients can’t do any other job.

Meanwhile, IIT-KGP director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti found this move of the Centre beneficial.  “This is a very good proposal,” he said.

Source: IndiaToday

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