Guwahati: As many as 14 students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati have been selected for the recently announced Prime Minister’s Research Fellows (PMRF). The students have been selected for the scheme through the channel of lateral entry.
The PhD students who have been selected for the PMRF fellowship this year are pursuing research in interdisciplinary and forefront areas at various departments and centres in the institute, namely Neelarnab Dutta(Department of Design), Rupresha Deb(Department of Mechanical Engineering), Jegyasu(Department of Electronics and Electrical Engineering), Rajnandan Das(Department of Physics), Samik Mitra(Department of Physics), Sampreet Kalita(Department of Physics), Subhankar Biswas(Department of Chemistry), Tripti Paul(Department of Chemistry), Kumudhini Akasapu(Centre for Rural Technology), Souradeep Dey(Centre for Nanotechnology), Ankit Chowdhury(Centre for Nanotechnology), Kakali Borah(Centre for Energy), Himadree Das(Centre for Environment), Aniket Banerjee(Centre for Environment).
According to the PMRF scheme, each fellow will be eligible to get a monthly fellowship of Rs. 70,000 for the first two years, Rs. 75,000 for the 3rd year, and Rs. 80,000 in the 4th and 5th year. In addition to this, each fellow would be eligible for a research grant of Rs. 2 lakh per year (a total of Rs 10 lakh for five years).
After the selection, every fellow will be given deliverables to be achieved each year. The deliverables will be decided by the assigned guide. The deliverables will be designed while keeping in view the research topic selected by the fellows and are also likely to be reviewed annually for the progress of their research objectives.
Speaking about the PMRF scheme, Prof. T. G. Sitharam, Director, IIT Guwahati, said, “This initiative by the Government of India will attract the best talent from the country for pursuing high-end research at IIT Guwahati and realise the vision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of high-end multidisciplinary technology development and self-sustenance (Atmanirbhar) through innovation. IIT Guwahati and its faculty members are ready to help the selected PMRF recipients realise their full potential and guide them, so that these awardees can achieve their long-term career goals and contribute to the growth of the country”.
The PMRF scheme was first announced in the 2018-19 budget and was designed to improve the quality of research along with providing unparalleled research opportunities in various higher educational institutions in the country. The scheme is looked after by the Ministry of Higher Education and was amended by allowing lateral entry into the scheme
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