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Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today approved a proposal to implement the Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF) scheme, under which the top 3,000 graduates of the country will get grants to pursue a PhD in the IITs and IISc.

The cabinet approved the scheme at a cost of Rs 1,650 crore for a period of seven years, beginning 2018-19. The scheme was announced by during his budget speech in Parliament on February 1.

"Under this scheme, the best students who have completed or are in the final year of or integrated M.Tech or M.Sc in science and in the IISc/IITs/NITs/IISERs/IIITs will be offered direct admission in the PhD programme in the IITs/IISc," an official statement said.

The students, who would fulfil the eligibility criteria and get shortlisted through the selection process as laid down in the PMRF guidelines, would be offered a fellowship of Rs 70,000 per month for the first two years, Rs 75,000 per month for the third year and Rs 80,000 per month in the fourth and fifth years, it added.

Apart from this, a research grant of Rs 2 lakh each will be provided to the fellows for a period of five years to cover their for presenting research papers at international conferences and seminars.

A maximum of 3,000 fellows will be selected over a three-year period, beginning 2018-19.

The scheme would go a long way in tapping the talent pool available in the country for carrying out research indigenously in the cutting-edge science and technology domains, the statement said.

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First Published: Thu, February 08 2018. 00:15 IST