The Ramanujan fellowship was launched in August 2005 by the Department of Science and Technology to attract brilliant scientists and engineers from all over the world, especially NRIs, to India. Two years on, only three NRIs have returned on it. Says Prof CNR Rao, chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister, “I expected at least 100 nominations yearly but got less than 10 the first year. ” So far, only 37 nominations have been received and nine selections made.
The fellows will get Rs 50,000 monthly for three years, Rs 60,000 a month for the next two, and Rs 5 lakh annually. In contrast, the JC Bose fellowship for scientists within India, announced along with the Ramanujan fellowship, has already seen 98 nominations and 70 selections.