Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced modifications in PMRF Scheme to boost  research
Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced modifications in PMRF Scheme to boost  research

Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced modifications in PMRF Scheme to boost  research

  • The HRD Ministry announced amendments in the Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme.
  • It included reduction in the required GATE score and introduction of a lateral entry option to attract more students.
  • Under the scheme, 1000 seats were created which have been remaining empty every year. These changes were made so that students can apply.


  • The requirement of GATE Score is reduced to 650 from 750 apart from minimum CGPA of 8 or equivalent for the students from any recognised institute or university (other than IISc, IITs, NITs, IISERs, IIEST and IIITs).
  • There will be two channels of entries, one direct entry and lateral entry.
  • In lateral entry, the students, who are pursuing PhD in PMRF granting institutions (like IITs and NITs) can also apply to become fellow under the scheme as per new guidelines.
  • The candidates will be selected through a rigorous selection process and their performance will be reviewed suitably through a national convention.


  • The HRD Ministry has created a dedicated ‘Research and Innovation Division’ in order to boost research in academic institutions across the country.
  • It will be headed by a director who will be coordinating research work of various institutions coming under the HRD Ministry.


  • These include all the IITs, the IISERs, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, some of the top central universities and NITs that offer science or technology degrees.
  • NITs which appear in the top 25 institutions as per the NIRF rankings can become a PMRF granting institution.


  • The scheme was announced in the Budget 2018-19.
  • Designed for improving the quality of research in various higher educational institutions in the country.
  • Students can apply under this scheme to pursue innovative research in Science and technology.
  • They can either use the direct or lateral route.

ABOUT National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) rankings

  • Method of Union HRD Ministry.
  • Ranks institution of higher education in India.
  • Union HRD Minister-Ramesh Pokhriyal

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