The Haryana government has increased the budget for Science and Technology Department from Rs 4.34 crore in 2005-06 to over Rs 22.34 crore in 2012-13 to promote science in the state.
An official spokesman said the department has taken a number of initiatives, such as POSE Scholarship Scheme, Haryana Science Talent Search Scheme and fellowship scheme for PhD scholars to promote basic sciences in the state and to attract more meritorious students towards opting basic science subjects and make it as their career.
He said that under POSE scholarship scheme, the department was providing attractive scholarships of R4,000 per month to the BSc (Hons) students and R6,000 per month to the MSc students of basic sciences, such as physics, chemistry, botany, zoology, mathematics and geology.
Top ranking 100 students each of above said classes were selected for scholarships on the basis of merit, he added.
Under Haryana Science Talent Search Scheme, top 1,000 students in a combined merit list of common exams National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) stage-I and National Merit-cum-Means Scholarship Scheme (NMMS) were given scholarship at the rate of Rs 500 per month during Classes 9 and 10 and R1,500 during Classes 11 and 12, he added.
He said that the fellowship programme was based on the National Eligibility Test that is conducted by CSIR twice in a year.
A sum of R12,000 per month for the first two years and R14,000 per month for the third year onwards up to a maximum of five years with annual contingency grant of R20,000 was provided to the research students of science subjects.
As many as 39 students had so far been offered fellowships since the inception of the scheme in the year 2009-10.