GATE: GATE Score reduced from 750 to 650 for PMRF Schemes , Check Details here
There is extremely important news for all the candidates who are considering applying for the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Scheme. As per the latest announcement by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, various significant amendments have been introduced in the eligibility criteria for the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Scheme (PMRFS). The major changes that have been announced are reduction in the GATE Score as well as the introduction of a lateral entry system. It has further been announced that all the National Institute of Technology (NITs) will also be eligible to grant the fellowship if they feature in the list for 25 institutions maintained by NIRF.
Major announcements by the HRD Ministry
On 7th May 2020, the HRD Minister, Mr Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that “To boost research in the country various amendments have been carried out in Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship Scheme. Now for the students from any recognized institute or university (other than IISc, IITs, NITs, IISERs, IIEST and IIITs), the requirement of GATE Score is reduced to 650 from 750 apart from minimum CGPA of 8 or equivalent.”
He further added that “There will be two channels of entries, one direct entry and lateral entry. In the lateral entry, the students, who are pursuing PhD in PMRF granting institutions (completed 12 months or 24 months as per certain requirements) can also apply to become fellow under the scheme as per new guidelines.”
Development through innovation: The rationale behind the changes
The target of the PMRF scheme is to attract the best talent across the country into the field of research. This will help with the realization of the target of development through innovation.
The scheme was announced in the budget 2018-19 with an aim to improve the quality of research at the higher educational institutions across the country. Now, some of the top educational institutes in the country are offering fellowship programs under PMRF including the IIS (Bangalore), IITs, NITs, IISERs, as well as some prominent central universities offering courses in science and technology.
The HRD Minister added that the candidates would be shortlisted after a thorough selection process. Thereafter, their performances will be reviewed suitably through a national convention. He also stated that from the start of the academic year 2020-21, interested candidates would be able to apply for the PMRF scheme through the direct entry channel as well as the lateral entry channel. The selection process will remain the same for both the entry options.