Pune: All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has launched a new scheme called National doctoral fellowship, in order to boost research in the country, on Sunday.
AICTE will identify postgraduate students from engineering colleges, who will be given an opportunity to do their full-time research in AICTE approved colleges identified under this scheme.
All of these research centres are recognised by AICTE as quality improvement programme (QIP) centres and have been in operation for at least five years as research centres.
Under this scheme, AICTE will support research in priority areas, so as to have research outcome to be useful for the country, for at least the next 10-20 years.
At present, AICTE has identified PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore as a national nodal centre to operate the scheme on behalf of AICTE. The national nodal centre will be shifted to other institutions after every three years.
SLIET, Longowal, and College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP), are other two national nodal centres for the subsequent slot of three years, in sequence.
"Candidates, who are less than 30 years of age and have completed Masters of Engineering (ME), Masters of Technology (MTech) or Masters of Pharmacy (MPharm), are eligible and can apply online. Candidates will have to give three to four preferences of research centres and research areas of their choice. Selections will be based on the candidates' credentials, performance in an interview and based on requirements of the affiliating university.
"This is seen as an effort to create a research culture in AICTE approved colleges, making India a powerhouse of research and innovation, solving the problems of mankind. We are expecting over 1,500 applications for 150 seats available under this scheme," said the chairman of AICTE, Anil Sahasrabudhe.
More details of the scheme, such as eligibility, mode of application, list of research centres, contact details, etc, will be available on AICTE's website.