Friday, 12 December 2014 05:17





The government supports different programmes aimed at identifying new talent and providing them with financial assistance in the form of fellowships for pursuing research in front-line areas of science and technology.

Some schemes are described as below:

• Ramanujan Fellowships

The fellowship is meant for brilliant scientists and engineers from all over the world to take up scientific research positions in India, especially those scientists who want to return to India from abroad. The fellowships are scientist-specific and very selective. The Ramanujan Fellows could work in any of the scientific institutions and universities in the country and they would be eligible for receiving regular research grants through the extramural funding schemes of various S&T agencies of the Government of India.

• J C Bose National Fellowships

The fellowship is meant to recognize active scientists and engineers for their outstanding performance and contributions. The Department of Science & Technology administers this scheme. The fellowships are scientist-specific and very selective. All areas of science (in the broadest terms) are covered by this fellowship.

• Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY)

The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana is a programme initiated by the Government of India to encourage students of Science, Engineering and Medicine to take up careers in research in these fields. The programme aims to identify and select students who demonstrate talent and aptitude, and encourage and assist them in pursuing research careers in their chosen fields. In addition, summer programmes in prestigious research and educational institutions in the country are organized, and preferential access to facilities such as libraries, laboratories, museums, etc. are provided.

• Swarnajayanti Fellowships Scheme

Under this scheme a selected number of young scientists, with proven track record, are provided special assistance and support to enable them to pursue basic research in frontier areas of science and technology. The fellowships are scientist specific and not institution specific, very selective and have close academic monitoring. The support will cover all the requirements for performing the research and will include a fellowship of Rs. 25,000/- per month for five years.

• SERC Fast Track Scheme For Young Scientists (FAST)

FAST track Young Scientists programme, initiated in the year 2000, is aimed at providing quick research support to young scientists to pursue their bright ideas in newly emerging and front line areas of research in science and engineering. This is also to encourage S&T institutions, professional bodies and other agencies, including State S&T Councils to develop S&T programmes involving young scientist. Under this scheme, the upper limit for duration of the project is 3 years with total cost limited to Rs.17.00 lakhs(excluding Overheads). The Young Scientist not drawing any fellowship/salary are eligible for a lump sum fellowship of Rs. 20,000 per month apart from grants under travel, contingency, consumables and minor equipments. The institute that hosts the project on approval gets a grant of 20% of project cost as overheads.

• Better Opportunities for Young Scientists in Chosen Areas of Science and Technology (BOYSCAST)

The scheme provides opportunities to Young Indian Scientists and Technologies (up to the age of 35 years), to interact with international scientist community and institutions and to participate in research and training activities in frontline areas of science and technology. The duration of the Fellowship is 3-12 months.

• Women Scientists Scheme

The "Women Scientists Scheme (WOS)" provide opportunities to women scientists and technologists between the age group of 30-50 years who desire to return to mainstream science and work as bench-level scientists. Under this scheme, women scientists are being encouraged to pursue research in frontier areas of science and engineering, on problems of societal relevance and to take up S&T-based internship followed by self-employment.

• INSPIRE programme

Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) is an innovative programme to communicate to the youth of the country the excitements of creative pursuit of science, attract talent to the study of science at an early age and thus build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the Science & Technology system and R&D base. INSPIRE Scheme has included three components. They are a) Scheme for Early Attraction of Talents for Science (SEATS), b) Scholarship for Higher Education (SHE) and c) Assured Opportunity for Research Careers (AORC).