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Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship scholars will teach in ITIs

PMRF scholars will take classes for a day every week in ITIs in an attempt to energise the entire technical education ecosystem.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2018 23:08 IST
Neelam Pandey
Neelam Pandey
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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File photo of an industrial training institute (ITI) .(HT PHOTO)

Students who will be selected under the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) for pursuing research in frontier areas of science and technologies in IITs will be required to teach in neighbourhood industrial training institutes (ITIs) as a part of the fellowship.

Under the scheme students will take classes for a day every week in an attempt to energise the entire technical education ecosystem.

Under the PMRF scheme starting from this academic year, the government will soon start accepting application from students to submit their proposals. According to officials, 1000 B.Tech students each year from premier institutions such as IITs, IISc among others will get a fellowship of Rs 75000 per month for a period of five years to complete their PhD. It is learnt that the ministry has made teaching at neighbourhood ITIs a part of the scheme.

“Students from IITs and other institutes will be required to at least take classes once or twice a week in Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). This will energise the students and also uplift the quality of teaching and greater utilization of the best brains. The fellowships are likely to be cleared by the Union cabinet soon,” said a senior HRD official.

The PMRF fellowships proposal will be cleared by the Cabinet soon following the announcement in the Union budget. The PMRF scheme has been allocated a sum of Rs 1,800 crore.

Currently, PhD scholars in IITs and IISc earn Rs 25000 per month (which goes up to Rs 28,000 after two years and a qualifying exam). “The move is aimed at promoting quality research in IITs and ensure students opt for higher education. The quality of research in IITs depends on the quality of students in the PhD programme. Hence, it is essential to encourage bright students completing the BTech programme to register for direct PhD programme,” added the official.

At present, there are 25,000 scholars enrolled in different PhD programmes in IITs.

The ministry will be coming out with an advertisement soon detailing the outline of the scheme asking eligible candidates to apply for it.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 23:08 IST