On January 24, 2018, Central Government launched four new schemes to promote young scientists and researchers in India. All the schemes focus on empowering, recognising and motivating youth.
1st Scheme – Teacher Associateship for Research Excellence (TARE) Scheme:
Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan stated that this Scheme will connect the educators to leading public funded institutions like Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Indian Institute of Science (IISc) or national institutions like Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) to pursue research.
- Under this scheme, educators will be paid Rs 5 lakh yearly, and a monthly out- of-pocket expense of Rs 5000.
- This amount is in addition to the salary they draw from their existing employer.
2nd Scheme – Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship:
Under this scheme, support will be offered to 100 PhD scholars for training at foreign universities/laboratories up to 12 months during their doctoral research.
- Such scholars will be given a monthly fellowship equivalent to USD 2000 and a one-time contingency allowance of Rs 60000 to cover travel and visa fee.
3rd Scheme – Distinguished Investigator Award:
Under this scheme, 100 fellowships will be offered to principal investigators of Science and Engineering Research Board/Department of Science and Technology projects.
- 100 researchers selected under this scheme will be given a monthly fellowship of Rs 15000 for three years and an optional research grant, based on peer review of the project proposal submitted by them.
4th Scheme – Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR):
This scheme aims to encourage science writing.
- Under this scheme, 20000 PhD scholars in science will be roped in to popularise and communicate their research outcome.