DeitY to fund 3000 PhDs in electronics and IT/ITes

To enhance innovation in electronics, government has launched a new scheme to fund 1500 PhDs, over and above the current intake

shivangi-narayan

Shivangi Narayan | June 7, 2014



It is not difficult to imagine that most of the funky electronic gadgets that we so love to flaunt have all been designed outside India. In fact, India is amongst the last countries in the world for generation of intellectual property rights (IPR) in electronics. There are hardly 50 or so PhDs in electronic design in India every year.
 
To increase this number and to enhance innovation in electronics system design and manufacturing (ESDM) and IT/IT enabled services, the department of electronics and IT (DeitY) has launched a new scheme, popularly called ‘the PhD scheme’ to create 1,500 PhDs each in both sectors, a total of 3,000, in the coming period of five years.
 
According to Ajay Kumar, joint secretary, Electronics & Hardware Manufacturing Division, DeitY, the scheme will be operational from the current academic session. “The PhD scheme with a budget of Rs 450 crore and was approved in February 2014, and will be implemented from this academic session,” he said.
 
All students applying for PhD in ESDM and IT/ITes in and from the year 2014 would be eligible to avail grants under the PhD scheme. 500 PhDs for each of ESDM and IT/ITes would be full time candidates and have full fellowship support. The other 1,000 PhDs in each sector would be part time and would receive a one-time grant.
 
All IITs, national institutes of technologies (NITs), Indian institute of science (IISc), all the Indian institutes of science, education and research, central universities, deemed universities under the central government, colleges, institutions of national importance will be eligible for support under the scheme.
 
An academic committee consisting of distinguished members and DeitY officials will recognise other institutions on the basis of their ability to provide a PhD.
 
According to Kumar, in order to increase the number of PhDs, the scheme is only for intakes over and above the current intake of the institutions. He said that it would be totally aligned to the industry needs. “We have already started receiving suggestions from industry regarding areas for research and innovation. Various universities have called on the department seeking the number of additional PhDs that they would take up in the sector,” he said.
 
“The scheme would be a big game changed because the scale at which we are working is huge. Around 3000 PhDs in an area where we typically produce 50 is a big number,” said Kumar.  
 
All big IT and electronics industries have their research and development (R&D) centres here but that doesn’t give any IPR to India, rued Kumar. “We need to have IP generated in India; it is where the wealth lies. In this industry, innovation is everything,” he said.

 

Comments

 

Other News

“The focus area is to minimise pendency, do more quality work”

The functioning of a national commission, be it NHRC, NCSC or NCST, depends on its head. Being the chief information commissioner (CIC), what is your vision for CIC?  And what has been your experience so far? The chief information commissioner and ten informa

CIC’s changing status quo

With the help of Right to Information (RTI), the common man not only has the right to know, but also the right to question those in power. This is the foundation of democracy,” said prime minister Narendra Modi at the tenth anniversary celebrations of the Central Information Commission (CIC)

Do you think the fiscal year should be from January to December?

Do you think the fiscal year should be from January to December?

Will Delhi see the highest ever turnout in the upcoming civic polls?

Historically, voter turnout for local elections has lagged behind state assembly elections and general elections.    For example, a recent report by Janaagraha shows that Surat recorded 40 percent voter turnout in local polls, 30 percent less than state elections

Women sensitized about their rights

 A group of women were sensitized about their rights at a workshop held in the national capital on Saturday. They were informed about the anti-harassment laws and legal provisions to safeguard women inside and outside their workplace.   The workshop – organ

AAP’s uncertain future, irony of being Advani, and an author seeks freedom of speech

The Narendra Modi- Arvind Kejriwal antagonism has always been about two different kinds of populism. While it may not play out in a municipal election, the fact remains that a Kejriwal chastened by Goa and Punjab faces a mid-term test in the municipal elections. For a politician harbouring intentions of



Video

एमसीडी चुनावों में भी मोदी लहर कायम - एग्जिट पोल

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter