WARANGAL : On June 22 Taiwan
expressed keen desire to collaborate with India and to expand its
scholarship programme, particularly for professional and vocational
Cheu-An Bi, Director General, Department of International and
Cross-Strait Education, Taiwan Ministry of Education said the move will
go well with the Skill India programme.
He was speaking at the ‘2019 India-Taiwan Vice-Chancellor/ Presidents/
Directors Forum’ organised at the National Institute of
Technology-Warangal in collaboration with the Association of Indian
Twenty-eight delegates headed by Prof. Cheu-An Bi, and about 60
Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities, public universities, private
universities, directors of Central institutes and other institutions in
India took part in the event. During the inauguration, an MoU was signed
between AIU and Foundation for International Cooperation in Higher
Education of Taiwan (FICHET) on cooperation in the field of technology,
education, medicine and agriculture.
This forum will include talks by Indian and Taiwanese speakers,
which will be combination of top-down and bottom-up as well as
inside-out and outside-in approaches concerning policies, regulations
and educational operations. The pact would enable opportunities for
collaboration between Indian and Taiwan, and facilitate alliance and
AIU president Dr Sandeep Sancheti, in his address, stated that
Taiwan has sought to increase cooperation with India in areas such as
technology, medicines, manufacturing, agriculture, education, culture
and tourism. He highlighted the functions of Taiwan Education Centre
(TEC) in India, which has been established by National Tsing Hua
University, with the backing of the Ministry of Education and Ministry
of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan; and said the proposed Educational
Entrepreneurship Program will prepare the workforce system with
knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to lead an organisation.
Charles Li, director general Taipei Economic and Cultural Centre in
Chennai, said the collaboration will offer international opportunities
to Indian students and improve the industry and academic cooperation
between the two countries.
Dr K.K. Aggarwal, chairman of National Board of Accreditation, in his
inaugural address, highlighted the issues of talent shortage and armies
of the unemployed in India, and insisted that creativity and innovation
should be the way of life.
NIT-W director Prof N.V. Ramana Rao presented a report on the
accomplishments of the institute. Mr B. Janardhan Reddy, Secretary of
Higher Education, Telangana, emphasised the need to generate
employability and encourage dignity of labour, considering the taboo
attached to vocational training.
Prof K.V. Jayakumar, dean-IRAA, NITW, announced the opening of the
Taiwan Education Centre at the institute.
NEW DELHI : United States-India
Educational Foundation (USIEF) has announced Fulbright-Nehru master’s
fellowships for Indian students who wish to pursue a master’s programme
at select US colleges and universities in areas of art and culture
management such as heritage conservation and museum studies,
environmental science/studies, higher education
administration, public health, urban and regional planning, and women’s
The fellowship will provide J-1 visa support, round-trip economy class
air travel, tuition and fees, living costs, accident and sickness
programme for exchanges as per the US government guidelines.
The applicants should have completed an equivalent of a US bachelor’s
degree from a recognised Indian university with at least 55 per cent marks. He
should either possess a four-year bachelor’s degree or a completed
master’s degree, if the bachelor’s degree is of less than four years’
The applicant must have at least three
years’ full-time (paid or voluntary) professional work experience
relevant to your proposed field of study and should have demonstrated
experience in leadership and community service.
The deadline for application was July 1,
For details, visit www.usief.org.in/ Fellowships/Fulbright-NehruFellowships
British Council scholarships
British Council is offering 370 higher education scholarships to Indian
students starting this year.
Council has tied up with 36 universities in England, Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland to back scholarships worth Rs100 million which will be
granted to 260 undergraduate and postgraduate courses of various
worth a total of £1 million [approx Rs10 crore], were borne out of an
association with the prominent varsities. The process of awarding these
and the amount would depend on the institution,” said an executive at
the central office of the British Council.
We launched the first
batch of scholarships at Cochin in February and plan to expand to the
other centres in the coming months,” the executive added.
various disciplines, including engineering, law, business, art and
design, biosciences and information technology, the minimum scholarship
is worth £750 for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the
University of Bedfordshire and the maximum award is worth £15,000 f or a
Masters in Business Administration from the University of Reading.
Post-Doc research fellowships
NEW DELHI : The University Grants Commission has invited
applications from permanent teachers in a university or an institution
to award Raman Fellowships for Post Doctoral Research in the
The applicant must be a
permanent (confirmed) teacher in a university or an institution
recognized by UGC under 2 (f) and 12B of UGC Act.
The objective of the Fellowships is to provide the
teachers with an opportunity to have international collaborative research,
training in advanced techniques and technologies in emerging fields.
1. The applicant
should be a permanent teacher in a university/institution recognized
by UGC under 2(f) and 12B of UGC Act.
2. The applicant should possess at least 60 per cent marks or
equivalent in the post-graduate degree.
3. The applicant should possess a Ph.D. degree in respective
academic discipline (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Science,
Engineering, Technology, Agricultural Sciences) or MD/MS/Ph.D. in
4. The Applicant must provide proof of having carried out
independent research work published in peer reviewed journals
5. The applicant should be of age up to 40 years as on 31 December
6. The reservation will be available in accordance with the national
The UGC notification
issued on June 31 says that the nominee should
have been accepted by an eminent US university/ scientific/ technological/
research institution, where major work in the area of study identified
by the nominee is in progress. The US institution should be willingness to accept and extend support to
for the work proposed. No bench fee will be charged by host institution
The candidate should himself/herself correspond with the proposed host
institution of US for placement. Candidate is required to produce
evidence for this minimally, in the form of
electronic communication, with the US institution to be visited along
with merits/uniqueness of that host institute in the proposed area which
satisfies the selection panel about the
acceptance of the candidate if he/she is selected.
The notification said that the Fellow will be entitled to fellowship amount of US $ 3000 per
month. The minimum period of the fellowship would be 6 months and
maximum period of fellowship would be 12 months.
The notification said
that the Fellow will also be entitled to a one time personal contingency grant
of upto a maximum of Rs. 50,000 to cover for visa, airport transfer,
medical insurance etc. Medical insurance
expenses, visa fee, airport transfer charges will be met by the fellow
from out of this personal contingency grant.
It said that the Fellow will also be permitted to travel within USA to attend conferences
or visit other institutes of interest with the approval of the advisor
at the host institute. The Fellow will be entitled
to avail one of the following grants for this purpose.
i) Grant of $ 600 for fellowship period upto 6 months
ii) Grant of $ 1200 for fellowship period beyond 6 months
Air-tickets for all the selected Fellow would be purchased by the
respective university/institution by economy class for shortest route
from their place of work in India to the place of the
American host institute and back. The actual ticket amount would be
reimbursed by UGC to the institution for the same on submission of all
relevant documents duly certified by the
competent authority of the institution.
Rules governing payment of salary, leave, medical, gratuity, GPF and
pension etc. of the organization/ institution/ university to which the
fellow belongs would continue to be applicable.
No liability on any of these accounts will be borne by UGC.
The candidate selected for the award for this fellowship should commence
their research within six month period from the date of award announcement. Failure to do so would render the
fellow to forfeit the award.
Fulbright scholarships tripled
KOLKATA : The
number of Fulbright fellowships offered to applicants from India and
scholars from the U.S. coming to the country tripled after the Union
government started funding the programme, Adam J. Grotsky the Executive
Director of the United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) said
here on May 14.
In 2008, the government of India became a full partner of the
programme as a part of a new agreement between the two countries and the
Fulbright-Nehru fellowships were introduced. The very next year saw a
doubling in the size of the programme and later the figures tripled, Mr.
Grotsky said on the sidelines of an orientation programme organised for
Fulbright scholars who will be travelling to the U.S. in the coming
In the 2008-09 academic year — the last year that the programme was
completely funded by the U.S. authorities — 46 applicants from the U.S.
travelled to India and 41 Indian scholars had gone there. In the coming
academic session, fellowships were offered to 150 scholars in the US and
131 Indians, he added.
Mr. Grotsky said: “Traditionally, Fulbright was geared for the
humanities, social sciences and the arts. But over the last decade we
have seen an overwhelming response from applicants in applied science
and the hard sciences.”
Science and Technology, Public Health, Environment Energy and
Climate Change were some of the areas identified as priority areas by
the USIEF and accordingly there had been an increase in the grants
allotted to scholars from these disciplines, he said.
According to the USIEF data, 27 percent of the Fulbright-Nehru Fellows
this year were from Science and Technology, 14 percent from
Environmental studies and sciences and seven percent from Public Health.
Debal Ray, an employee of the West Bengal government who will be
conducting research on environmental issues at Cornell University, also
spoke of the need for greater diversity among the applicants and
expanding the programme beyond the metropolitan cities that provide the
bulk of the applicants.
Mr. Grotsky said the organisation was trying to address the issue and
started an outreach programme to create awareness about the scholarships
in the tier-II and tier-III cities in India.
He said the USIEF “made a big push in the north-east” as well as other
towns. Of the 131 Fulbright-Nehru fellows from India, five were from the
40% qualifiers reject JRF, NET
NEW DELHI : Nearly 40 per cent of the students qualifying the
CSIR-UGC NET examination have not taken up the fellowship primarily
because they prefer to go abroad for higher studies, says a study
published in the
Current Science issue dated February 25.
Data pertaining to CSIR- supported Junior Research Fellows (JRFs)
indicates that around 41 per cent students who qualified for CSIR–UGC
NET — conducted from December 2008 to June 2010 — did not avail the
The study — ‘Are CSIR–UGC NETqualified Junior Research Fellows going
away from science?’ — reveals that lack of interest is attributed to
awardees’ preference to go abroad for higher studies. Employment in
academics, R&D institutes and other fellowship offers were some of the
other reasons why the students were not availing the fellowship.
But a sizeable percentage of NET-qualified students also took up the
fellowship by clearing NET again and only a small percentage of these
students opted for a career in non-scientific institutes.
So, the concerns that NET-qualified students are moving away from
science are unfounded, the study notes. CSIR director general Dr Samir K
Brahmachari said the students were interested in inter-disciplinary
Engg Scholarships in US
slowdown the US universities still draw a large number of students from
India – cost being the only hurdle. Courses in popular subjects such as
mechanical engineering tend to be especially expensive and any external
financial aid is usually welcom. Some leading universities
in the USA offer international scholarships to support overseas students
pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in mechanical
engineering and related disciplines. A few independent organisations
such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) also offer
scholarships for international students. Here’s a quick look at a few of
John Hopkins University
Charles R. Westgate
Scholarships in Engineering are merit-based scholarships offered by
John Hopkins University. They provide engineering students full tuition
per year and also a stipend to meet living expenses for four-year
undergraduate study. Up to two scholarships are available each year for
entering students with outstanding high school records and achievements
in various areas.
Undergraduate international students applying to Illinois Institute of
Technology (IIT) are automatically considered for institutional
scholarships once they gain admission at IIT. The scholarships, awarded
by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions can be renewed as long as
students maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Fulltime international students applying to Master's Programmes in
mechanical engineering who have strong academic records may also be
eligible for a one-year, half-tuition academic scholarship. Fulltime
students applying to M.S. and Ph.D. programmes also stand the chance of
qualifying for fellowships and assistantships. International students
are eligible for up to $12,000 per year in scholarships. Students are
considered automatically for these scholarships and fellowships at the
time of admission, but need to ensure the funding deadline mentioned in
the admission application is met.
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) at
University of Wisconsin-Stout offers scholarships to deserving Indian
students pursuing undergraduate STEM courses. This is a merit-based
scholarship and internship programme restricted to AISES members. They
partially cover tuition and other educational expenses.
Society of Mechanical Engineers Scholarships
several scholarships to encourage international students pursuing
mechanical engineering in the USA.
Three Willis F.
Thompson Memorial Scholarships, valued at $5,000 each are awarded
annually to mechanical engineering students who are interested in the
field of power generation.
The $4500 Garland
Duncan Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in ABET accredited
programmes or mechanical engineering and related courses. The winners
are selected based on many factors such as leadership, scholastic
ability, financial need and potential contribution to the mechanical
Two $4,000 Melvin
R. Green Scholarships are awarded on similar basis by ASME.
Foundation Hanley Scholarship of value $2,500 is for students
pursuing ABET accredited undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering
or related baccalaureate programmes. Preference is given to applicants
demonstrating financial need or scholastic ability.
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ICHR to triple JRF amount
NEW DELHI : Faced with the dwindling number of applicants for
Junior Research Fellowships (JRF), the Indian Council of Historical
Research (ICHR) has decided to increase the fellowship amount three-fold
The ICHR is also initiating steps to amend the bylaws to encourage
senior historians to apply for the Senior Academic Fellowship (SAF).
ICHR member secretary Ishrat Alam told The Hindu on December 28
that the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has
approved, in principle, the proposal sent by the ICHR to revise its JRF
amount and to bring it on a par with similar fellowships offered by the
University Grants Commission (UGC). Orders are likely to be issued in
this regard soon, he said.
Though the ICHR is one of the most prestigious bodies having all the
expertise and infrastructure, the number of applicants for JRF began
At present, the remuneration is as low as Rs 5,000 a month which was fixed
in 1988-89, whereas UGC offers Rs. 15,000 per month for a similar kind
The selection process in the ICHR is comparatively strict, which
young researchers are wary of. The ICHR has been receiving applications
from provincial universities but not from Central universities where the
UGC fellowship is available.
The ICHR has been requesting the MHRD to revise the amount since 2006 and
finally it has agreed, he said.
Mr. Alam said a clause in the ICHR bylaws discourage the historians from
applying for the SAF. The clause has it that the fellowship amount
should not exceed the pension amount of the applicants. But ever since
the 6th Pay Commission recommendations were implemented, this clause has
become a hurdle in awarding SAF, he said, and added that the ICHR has
a proposal to the MHRD to amend this clause.
The number of JRFs doubled
: On January 21, 2011 the Union cabinet decided to double the number of CSIR-UGC Junior Research Fellowships (JRF) in the remaining plan period
so that the benefits can be extended to more students pursuing their
career in science and engineering.
The annual number of Junior Research Fellowships (JRF), open to students
with MSc in any science discipline or a B.Tech in engineering, will
increase from 1,200 to 2,400 each year, leading to a total of 12,000
fellowships over the next five years.
Science policymakers have been worried about the slow growth in the number
of science and engineering doctorate-holders in India. “This will boost
the number of Ph.Ds from India,” said Samir Brahmachari, the
Director-General of the CSIR.
The number of science and engineering doctorates from India last year was
a little more than 9,000, about half of an estimated 18,000 from China,
Brahmachari said. Even Brazil had more than 10,000 PhDs, he said.
The total cost of providing fellowships for 12,000 more students in the
11th Plan period – up from 6,000 fellowships offered in the 10th Plan
period – has been estimated at Rs 444.34 crore.
The additional fellowships are required because the number of students
opting for a career in science has been rising for two years.
“In December, 2009 almost 1.12 lakh students appeared in the NET as
compared to 87,000 students who sat for the examinations in June 2009
and December, 2008,” Brahmachari said.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) too has enhanced the number of
fellowships. The UGC will now offer 600 fellowships every year compared
to 300 it used to give out in the past, he said.
Combining with CSIR’s planned increase in the number of Junior Research
Fellow (JRF) to 2,400 every year, the new cabinet decision will ensure
that every year 3,000 students can carry out their doctoral research.
Currently, a CSIR-UGC junior research fellow receives Rs 12,000 per month
whereas a senior research fellow gets Rs 14,000. Both receive an annual
contingency of Rs 20,000.
This is set to change as the Department of Science and Technology (DST)
has initiated a fresh proposal recommending Rs 17,500 as the JRF amount
and SRFs expecting to receive more than Rs 20,000 per month. The amount
of contingency will be enhanced.
However, senior faculty are concerned that the best doctorates will
continue to leave India for post-doctoral research positions until India
finds a way to absorb and retain Ph.D-holders in institution,
universities, and colleges.
“Indian science will only improve when our best Ph.Ds remain and work
here,” said Subhash Lakhotia, a senior biologist at the Banaras Hindu
University. “Some of the most productive research emerges during the
post-doctoral years,” he said.
Researchers believe poor faculty is one reason why India’s second-tier
institutions have been unable to improve research productivity while
top-ranking institutions have contributed a steady 30 per cent of
The CSIR officials said the increase in the number of applicants for its
JRF exam— from 70,000 in 2007 to 87,000 in 2008, 116,000 during 2009 —
is evidence of growing demand from students.
Recognizing the need to identify and nurture young scientific talent who
could be enrolled for Ph.d. programmes the Council of Scientific &
Industrial Research (CSIR) launched a research fellowship scheme in
1983. In 1989, NET was recognized by UGC as pre-qualification for
Lectureship and was renamed as CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test for
Junior Research Fellowship and Eligibility for Lectureship. Since 1990,
NET is being conducted twice a year in the month of June and December.
NET is held across the country in 25 cities and at 125 exam centers in
five subject areas viz. Life Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Earth
Sciences, Physical Sciences and Mathematical Sciences. Selection is made
through two paper system.
Currently more than 1,50,000 students have been writing the NET each year.
The CSIR-NET has established an enormous credibility in the country and
it has become a bench mark for selecting candidates for pursing Ph.D.
programme, appointment either as a lecturer or a project research fellow
or for employment in various R&D organization all across the country.
In the recent times serious concern has been expressed by
educationalist, scientists, policy markers etc. over declining interest
of students to take up careers in basic sciences. There has been an
emphasis on enlarging the pool of scientific manpower to contribute
towards S&T development in the country which is the reliable benchmark
to become a developed nation.
In order to achieve this goal focused efforts are required to be made to
identify and nurture bright young students who can take up scientific
research as a career. The present programme is one such focussed effort
in this direction.