Govt granted Rs 48 crore worth scholarship to women scientists in 2016-17

On an average, per year about 400 women scientists are awarded financial support under Women Scientist Scheme. More than 7200 research papers too have been published by these awardees

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New Delhi: The ‘Women Scientist Scheme’ of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), provides career opportunities which include the fellowship to unemployed women scientists and technologists, especially those who had a break in career, for pursuing research in frontier areas of Science and Engineering. This was stated by the Minister of State for Ministry of Science & Technology, Y S Chowdary while replying to a question recently in the Parliament.

There are three major components of Women Scientist Scheme namely, i) Women Scientists Scheme-A (WOS-A) for conducting research in Basic & Applied Sciences, ii) Women Scientists Scheme-B (WOS-B) for S&T interventions for Societal Benefit and iii) Women Scientists Scheme-C (WOS-C) that enables them to become Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) professional. The fellowship amount for M.Sc, M.Phil/M.Tech and Ph.D categories are Rs 30,000/-, Rs 40,000/- and Rs 55,000/- per month respectively. The total project cost, for 3 years duration of these three categories, is Rs 20 lakhs, Rs 25 lakhs and Rs 30 lakhs respectively. Besides the fellowship, the total project cost also includes grant for consumables, minor equipment items, travel and contingency. The upper age limit to apply under this scheme is 57 years.

The above-said scheme is also applicable to private institutions. Under this scheme, women are selected on all India basis.

On an average, per year about 400 women scientists are awarded financial support under Women Scientist Scheme. Over 30% of awardees of projects get absorbed in mainstream through regular employment. Also, more than 40% of the awardees under this scheme have been able to complete their PhD while pursuing the programme. More than 7200 research papers too have been published by these awardees.In addition, under WOS-C component of the Scheme, 169 women scientists have already cleared the patent agent examination and about 60% of them are pursuing their career in the area of IPR and are working in leading attorney firms, IP departments of govt. agencies, Multi-National Corporations, and Knowledge Process Outsourcing units.  Further, 12 women scientist alumni have started either their own IP attorney firms or IP consultancy units and some are even working from home on IP assignments.

The Women Scientists Scheme is not a centrally sponsored scheme, hence there is no State/UT –wise allocation of funds under the Scheme. However, details of funds received by women scientists based in various States during last 3 years and the current financial year are as follows –

States/UT

2014-15

Amount, Rs.

2015-16

Amount, Rs.

2016-17

Amount, Rs.

Andhra Pradesh

1,37,10,000/-

2,28,86,723/-

1,88,26,272/-

Arunachal Pradesh

3,00,000/-

Assam

55,45,000/-

58,80,000/-

68,65,000/-

Bihar

30,13,000/-

22,00,000/-

18,53,266/-

Chandigarh

42,28,000/-

90,19,000/-

71,29,420/-

Chhattisgarh

2,26,100/-

Delhi

3,59,68,963/-

4,78,45,835/-

3,05,37,685/-

Goa

22,55,000/-

42,88,000/-

22,40,000/-

Gujarat

1,11,79,343/-

97,66,000/-

1,79,78,004/-

Haryana

24,50,000/-

70,10,621/-

95,24,000/-

Himachal Pradesh

14,30,000/-

21,50,000/-

19,50,000/-

Jammu & Kashmir

64,75,000/-

84,21,000/-

82,07,320/-

Jharkhand

10,50,000/-

10,65,000/-

75,000/-

Karnataka

1,89,28,500/-

2,23,45,936/-

2,72,56,482/-

Kerala

82,59,323/-

1,18,60,999/-

82,56,258/-

Madhya Pradesh

60,40,000/-

82,04,795/-

1,02,78,441/-

Maharashtra

2,78,44,175/-

3,55,83,100/-

3,82,99,758/-

Manipur

31,15,000/-

53,04,000/-

49,16,346/-

Meghalaya

8,20,000/-

12,30,000/-

Mizoram

16,41,000/-

Odisha

91,66,000/-

1,02,56,540/-

96,40,650/-

Puducherry

10,40,000/-

10,67,000/-

Punjab

83,03,620/-

1,41,28,000/-

1,27,60,667/-

Rajasthan

1,88,76,479/-

3,38,95,000/-

1,40,42,240/-

Sikkim

8,70,000/-

8,00,000/-

Tamil Nadu

3,10,33,802/-

3,70,69,845/-

6,03,84,193/-

Telangana

2,55,85,000/-

4,35,90,778/-

5,14,82,581/-

Tripura

4,90,000/-

16,17,000/-

11,17,000/-

Uttar Pradesh

3,74,83,954/-

4,20,81,900/-

4,78,88,551/-

Uttarakhand

50,31,462/-

62,48,652/-

85,09,746/-

West Bengal

3,24,96,558/-

3,24,20,972/-

3,84,45,022/-

Central Agencies

3,49,86,500/-

Total Grant

32,35,14,284/-

42,98,77,696/-

47,37,50,402/-