The role of science and research in a country’s path to development is indispensable. For a nation to move forward in positive aspects, it is necessary to promote and support its scientists and researchers. In step taken towards the same, Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan announced four schemes to promote young scientists and researchers in the country. The scheme primarily aims at early recognition and reward to young talent in the field of science.
“The schemes focus on youth to empower, recognize and motivate them,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said, while announcing the new schemes on 24 January. The four schemes are discussed below.
Teacher Associateship for Research Excellence (TARE)
The TARE scheme will assist 500 teachers by connecting them to institutions like IIT, IISc, CSIR, etc near to their existing place of work to pursue research programmes. The selected candidates will receive a yearly pay of ₹5 Lakh besides a monthly out-of-pocket expense of ₹5,000.
Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship
The Overseas Visiting Doctoral Fellowship scheme will facilitate 100 PhD scholars to get training in foreign Universities or Labs for up to 12 months during their doctoral research. The selected candidates will receive a monthly fellowship equivalent to $2000 (US) besides a one-time contingency allowance of ₹60,000 covering their visa and travel fee.
Distinguished Investigator Award
The Distinguished Investigator Award will reward 100 fellowships to Principal Investigators of SERB/DST projects. The one-time career award will be given on the basis of a completed project and aims at early reward and recognition of young scientists. The selected candidates will receive a monthly fellowship of ₹15,000 for three years and an optional research grant, based on peer review of the project submitted.
Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR)
The AWSAR scheme aims to encourage science writing, popularize and reward PhD scholars. The 100 best entries of the year will receive a cash incentive of ₹10,000/- each while the Top 3 stories out of these 100 selected entries, will receive ₹1 Lakh, ₹50,000/- and ₹25,000/- respectively.