Minimum GATE score required for PMRF scheme reduced by MHRD
The requirement of the GATE scores for the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme has been reduced from 750 to 650 by The Ministry Of Human Resource Development (MHRD). Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ the HRD minister said that the amendment will help more students avail the benefit of the scheme.
Students who are in the final year of the bachelor’s or master’s degree in the field of Science and Technology from any recognized university in India with a CGPA of 8.0 and above and a GATE score of 650+ will be eligible to apply for the PMRF scheme.
Ramana Rao, director, NIT Warangal said, “The reduction in the GATE score requirement will not hamper the quality of students joining research as they go through rigorous selection rounds to join the premier institutes. Of the 3000 research opportunities, hardly 1000 seats get filled. The move will help in filling up the vacant seats”
Rajiv Prakash the dean of the Research and Development sector in IIT (BHU) Varanasi, said that it will be an inviting move and will allow more deserving students to take part in the competition. He further said, “Score of 650 is a decent cut-off to identify bright minds. More the number of qualifying students better will be the competition.”
Apart from this, NITs that appear within the top 25 institutions according to the NIRF ranking can also become a PMRF granting institution. “Several old NITs are better than third-generation IITs in terms of infrastructure and research culture. The inclusion will allow these institutes to participate in boosting the research output while increasing the research opportunities,” addressed Rao.
Now, the entry procedure of the PMRF scheme will be divided into two channels- (i). Direct Entry, and (ii). Lateral Entry. Under the Lateral Entry students studying Ph.D. in PMRF granting institutions and have completed 12 months or 24 months as per certain criteria and requirements can also register to become a fellow under the scheme as per the new guidelines. To uplift the research in the nation, a dedicated “Research and Innovation Division” is also being formed by the ministry.