New Delhi: The government has taken several measures to encourage young scientists to undertake research work. The schemes are designed to identify promising young researchers with innovative ideas and provide them with training and research opportunities in niche areas of basic science and engineering. This was stated by the Minister of State for Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Y S Chowdary while answering questions in the Parliament on July 26, 2017.
“Some of the notable programmes of the Ministry targeted at young scientists include Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE), National Postdoctoral Fellowship (N-PDF), Early Career Research Award (ECRA), Research Associateship, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) Fellowship Schemes etc. These schemes provide a platform for young scientists to develop as independent researchers and thereby elevating the S&T landscape of the country,” mentioned the Minister.
Govt says that young scientist research programmes have received funds worth Rs 807.6 crore, Rs 1083 crore, Rs 1322.9 crore and Rs 248.4 crore during 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17 and first quarter of FY 2017-18 respectively.