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PhD researchers at IIT, IISc to get Rs 70,000 as monthly scholarship

Presently researcher-students get Rs 25,000 as monthly scholarship at IITs

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

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The Centre will provide Rs 70,000 as monthly fellowship to those researchers doing their PhDs in IITs or IISc, Union higher education secretary Kewal Kumar Sharma has said.

Presently researcher-students get Rs 25,000 as monthly scholarship at IITs.

"As part of the research fellowship scheme of Prime Minister Modi, we wish the meritorious students who are being forced to leave the country for purely financial reasons stay within the country.

"We will provide 2,000 such monthly fellowships across the system and IISc Bengaluru," Sharma said at the 67th Foundation Day of Kharagpur at its Kharagpur campus in district yesterday.

It will be given for a period of five years, he said.

This will also enable meritorious researchers, keen to further their research but forced to opt for corporate jobs for higher pay, to pursue their goal, he said.

However, the scholarship recipients can't do any other job, the senior official said.

"The cabinet nod for the proposal should come soon. We are hopeful to start it from the next session," he said.

IIT-KGP director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti later said, "This is a very good proposal.

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First Published: Sat, August 19 2017. 17:55 IST