Prime Minister research fellowship (PMRF) which was previously given to only 9 selected class institutes is now open for NITs also. The only condition is that the NIT should be in the Top 25 overall NIRF rankings. In 2019 NIRF ranking Only National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli from NITs was able to make it top 25 institutes so NIT Trichy Students can avail of this fellowship. In 2019 NIT Trichy bagged 24th position in overall NIRF ranking.
Minister for Human Resource and Development “Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank” in a tweet said “NITs, which now have 25 top institutes in the overall NIRF rankings, can also participate in the advancement of research by becoming a grant institution of this important fellowship, meeting a long demand”
The PMRF granting institutes are:
IISc, Bengaluru, All IISERs, All IITs, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Banaras Hindu University, University of Hyderabad, Aligarh Muslim University, Jamia Millia Islamia, University of Delhi, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli.
NIT Trichy Director Mini Shaji Thomas in an Instagram story expressed her joy saying “Great news to share! NIT TRICHY is now in the PMRF scheme! Prime Minister Research Fellowship is a flagship program to promote Research and was open to only IITs & IISERs. This year we are the only NIT included in the PMRF, as we are in the top 25 overall NIRF ranking! Thank you, everyone, this is indeed an honor to share.
Ramesh Pokhriyal said “It is a matter of great pleasure to announce that Under the guidance of Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi We have made several changes in the selection process to link more and more talented students to the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (#PMRF).
To apply for PMRF through this channel, the candidate must satisfy all of the following criteria:
(1) In the preceding three years, the candidate should have either:
(i) completed or be pursuing the final year of Bachelors or Masters degree in Science and Technology streams from any of the Institute/University recognized in India with CGPA of 8.0 or above and GATE score of 650 or above in the relevant subject (the GATE criteria is waived if the qualifying degree is from one of the centrally funded technical institutes), or,
(ii) qualified GATE and completed or be pursuing M.Tech./MS by research at one of the PMRF Granting Institutes having a minimum CGPA of 8.0 or above at the end of the first semester with a minimum of four courses.
(2) They apply and get selected in the Ph.D. program in one of the PMRF granting institutes.
(3) The PMRF granting institute, which has admitted the student in the Ph.D. program through the regular selection process (interview), makes a strong recommendation for the award of PMRF in view of his/her merit. The metrics on which the candidates will be judged will include (but not restricted to): research exposure, publications, performance in international academic competitions, grades, and recommendation letters.
P.S.: Just to make it more clear the Overall NIRF rank is taken into consideration And not just Engineering rank. Only NIT Trichy was able to make it to the top 25. Next NIT Rourkela stood at 38 while IIEST Shibpur at 40.