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F.No.35-5/ 20 17 -TS .I Govern m ent of In dia Min istry of Hu m an Resou rce D evelopm en t

Department of Higher Education

Techn ical Section-I

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To,

The D irectors, All IITs The D irector, IISc Ba n ga lore

The Director, All NITs The Directors, All IISERs The Directors, All IIITs

Sha stri B h aw an, New D elh i

Dated: 8th February, 2018

Subject: Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF)

Sir ,

I a m d irected t o c ovey t he a pproval o f t he G overnm ent f or

im plem en tation of the Prim e M inister's R esearch F ellow s (PMRF) S ch em e at a total cost of Rs. 16 50 crore for a p eriod of seven y ears b eginn in g 20 18-19 .

2. U n der the PMRF Sch em e, a m ax im um of 3000 m eritoriou s stu dents from

IITs, IISc, IIITs, NITs and IISERs shall be selected in three batches starting

from 20 18-19 t hrou gh a r igorou s p rocess a nd p rovided d irect a dm ission into Ph .D p rogram m es in IITs a nd IISc t o p ursue r esearch in frontier a reas o f scien ce 86 techn ology, w ith a n enh anced m onth ly fellow sh ip a s d etailed b elow :

Year

Amount (Rs)

Year 1

70,000

Year 2

70,000

Year 3

75,000

Year 4

80,000

Year 5

80,000

In addition to the fellowship as m entioned above, each Fellow will be eligible for

a Research G rant of Rs.2 .00 lakh ea ch y ear for five y ears tow ards foreign travel

for presentin g research papers. T he F ellow s s elected u n der the S ch em e w ill b e

recogn ized as 'Prim e M in ister's Resea rch Fellow s'.

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3. T he m odalities for implementation of the s cheme such as eligibility

con ditions, s election p rocedu re, e xpected d eliverables, m on itoring a nd adm in istrative m echanism s etc. w ill b e a s p er the gu idelin es of the Sch em e, a

copy of which is at Annexure.

The guidelines of the PMRF Scheme w ill b e

su bject to chan ge from t im e to t im e b ased on the r equ irem en ts a nd objectives of the Sch em e.

4. T he National C oordination Committee (NCC), w hich w ill b e n otified

separately, sha ll im p lem en t th e s ch em e as p er the gu idelines .

5. D irector IIT Hyderabad, w ho w ould be the National Coordinator of the

sch em e, is requ ested to operationa lize the P MRF Sch em e w ith im m ediate effect

so as to ensure that the first batch of PMRFs is selected in the a cademic year

20 18-19 . The expend iture in cu rred in th is regard w ill b e m et out of the S ch em e • 'Prim e Min ister's Research F ellow s' of th e D epartm ent of Higher E du cation .

Yours

En cl: As a bove

(Kundan Nath)

Un der Secretary to the Govt. of In dia

Tel: 23381698

Copy to:-

1.,

T he Cabinet Secretariat (Director, Cabinet), New Delhi

2. S ecreta ry , D epartm ent of Expen diture, North Block, New Delh i

3. T he Secretary, D epartm ent of Scien ce 8^ Techn ology

4. T he Secretary, D epartm ent of Scientific 86 In du strial Research

5. T he Secretary, D epartm ent of Biotechn ology

6. T he CEO, NITI Ayog, New Delhi

7. P S to Hon'ble HRM

8. P S to Hon'ble MOS(SPS)

9. P S to Hon'ble MOS(UK)

10. S ecretary, D epartm en t of High er E du cation

11. S pecial Secretary (TE), Department of Higher Education

12. J oint Secretary 86 F inan cial Adviser, D epartm ent of High er E du cation

13. J oint Secretary (ICC 8&IIITs)

14. J oint Secretary (IISERs 8&IISc)

15. D irector (NITs),

16. D irector (IISc/ IISERs)

17. W ebmaster, NIC, Department of Higher Education for u ploading the

order on the w eb site of the M in istry.

Annexure

F.No .34-4/2017 -TS-I

Government of India Ministry of Human Resource Development Department of Higher Education

Guidelines for the PMRF

1. E ligibility

a) T he candidates for the PMRF should have completed, or are in the f inal y ear of B. Tech o r I ntegrated M.Tech or M.Sc. in Science a nd T echnology s treams f rom

IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIITs;

b) T hey should have secured at least 8 CGPA.

c) S tudents s hould h ave completed t he required a cademic qualification in the last five years.

2. C ontours of SoP/ Proiect abstract bv the e ligible aspirants

a) T he Project a bstract s hould c learly a rticulate t he a rea of t he

study and should display keen interest and insight on the subject

chosen.

b) T he Project should formulate a problem for t he study which

would be used f or a ssessing t he a pplicant's a nalytical a nd research skills.

c) T he t opic chosen s hall be in t he frontier areas of science and technology, preferably focusing on national priorities.

d) T here should be two referee names for each proposal, in case the Selection Comm ittee (SC) wants to seek a feedback.

e) T here w ill be a cap on t he n um ber of PhD students in e ach discipline to e nsure that disciplines w hich do not a lready have enough Ph.D. students should get the priority.

3. A ppo intm ent of Nodal Inst itutions (NIs):

a) F or e ach subject area, o ne IIT or IISc would a ct as t he Noda l

Institute (NI).

b) T he NI will rotate once in two years.

c) T he National Coordination Committee (NCC) will decide on the

NIs for the first two years.

Method of evaluat ion of the projects

a) A Central portal for upload of all t he projects by the students which automatically sends these to the Nodal Institutes (NIs)

would be developed.

b) T he candidates s hould apply on t his Portal, a long w ith t heir

SoP/Project Abstract within the time lim it prescribed.

c) N odal I nstitute ( NI) level - NI w ould c onstitute Reviewers

consisting

of

s ubject

matter

e xperts

t o

go

t hrough

a ll

projects/candidates'

c redentials

a nd

s hortlist

candidates

for

interview .

d) T he

Selection Committee (SC) for e ach d iscipline s hall be

constituted by t he respective NI w ith representat ion of s ubject matter experts nominated by each IIT/IISc.

e) T he SC would interview shortlisted candidates within the t ime

v ideo

lim its

a greed.

T he

interview c ould

b e

d one

u sing

conferencing, if need be .

5. S election a nd Approval:

The selection process for the PMRF will be a rigorous two stage process with s creening by the Reviewers a nd final selection by t he Selection Comm ittee f or e ach r esearch v ertical t o e nsure c ompetition, standardization, t ransparency and selection of t he best talent. This shall be done in the following m anner:

a) F or e ach s ubject area, t he Se lection Comm ittee constituted by the NI w ill select candidates after interview.

b) T he allocation of Institute for the doctoral study would be done

by t he Selection Comm ittee, keeping in v iew the choices of the selected candidates a nd t he availability of academic and other infrastructure.

c) A n appropriate algorithm will be developed by the IITs/IISc for

selection of the candidates and linking them to potential guides.

6. P articipating Institutes :

All IITs and IISc (the participating institutes) shall take approval of

their respective Senates for a ccepting t he candidates s elected for

PMRF as

Institute level.

per t hese g uide lines, w ithout a ny further process at t he

7. D eliverab les :

a) A t the t ime of joining, each Fellow shall be given de liverables to be achieved e ach year. This w ill be decided by the Department which the Fellow is joining.

b) T he deliverables are to be designed keeping in view the topic

selected by the Fellow.

c) T here s hall be an a nnual review of the performance of t hese Fellows by the host institution and the next year Fellowship shall be renewed only if the de liverables are achieved.

d) E ach fellow is expected to teach once a week in a neighbourhood

ITI/Polytechnic/Engineering College, as per modalities approved

by the Government.

e) I f the de liverables are not achieved, they could be brought back to the institutional fellowship or even discontinued.

8. I PR :

The IPR policy shall be as per the Institute's Policy on IPRs. The IPRs are owned by the Institution where the Fellow has worked.

9. A dm inistration system :

a) N ational Coordination Committee (NCC): The NCC, comprising of

7-8 Directors of the IITs/IISc, w ill be the apex decision making body of the Scheme to m onitor the scheme .

b) T he NCC m ay a lso include one or m ore Directors each from the second and third generation IITs as Members of the NCC.

c) T he NCC w ill a lso be e mpowered to suggest m inor changes in

eligibility

conditions,

including

CGPA

e tc.

w ith

detailed

justification, for effective implementation of the scheme.

d) T he NCC will be fully empowered to decide the maximum and

minimum num ber of research projects to be taken up under the Scheme in s uch a m anner t hat t here is balanced growth o f research in each discipline .

e) N odal Institutions: Role and responsibility

a) T o receive, review, shortlist candidates

b) T o constitute the Se lection Comm ittees

c) T o recommend t he shortlisted candidates to the Selection Comm ittees based on reviews/scrutiny.

10. Monitoring m echanism

The NCC will periodically review and monitor implementation of the

scheme. The NCC w ill report to MHRD t he status of the scheme, fund flow and utilization t hereof, a nd policy changes required to m ake the scheme more effective.

Apart from t his, t he m onitoring below:

will be done in t he m anner detailed

a) T here will be internal reviews twice a year.

year w here a ll PMRFs

will s howcase t heir w ork. T his w ill be a n o ccasion for t he

Industry to participate in the Convention.

c) T here will be a website set up by t he NCC showcasing the areas of work of each PMRF which w ill list a ll publications.

b) T here w ill be a National Convention every

11. F inancia l Im plications :

a) T he following Administrative costs w ill be m et from the Scheme funds :

(i)

C ost of selection by the NIs

(ii)

C ost of travel for the selections

(iii)

C ost of maintaining website and m onitoring system

(iv)

A nnual Convention Costs

(v) C ost of meetings

b) A n amount of Rs.5 Cr would be p laced w ith the NCC for covering incidental costs related to the above.

c) T he following would be the fellowship for the PMRFs:

Year

Amount (Rs)

Year 1

70,000

Year 2

70,000

Year 3

75,000

Year 4

80,000

Year 5

80,000

Apart from t his, e ach Fellow w ould be e ligible for a research grant of Rs.2 lakhs per year (total Rs.10 lakh)

d) The tenure of fellowship w ill be four years for students from integrated courses and five years for B. Tech. students.

e) Industry participation in the PMRF program me would be explored through CSR funding s o as t o e nable industry t o s ponsor maximum num ber of fellows. Notes:

^ . ( i) T he institutions w ill review t he performance at the e nd of the 4 th y ear a nd w ould decide on continuation of t he fellowship for the 5th year.

(ii) T he students w ho have taken a dm ission after the post- graduation are expected to complete t he PhD programme in 3 years.