New Delhi: The online application portal is open for AICTE-National Doctoral Fellowship Scheme for admission to PhD Programmes for the Academic year 2018-2019. This NDF scheme is for young postgraduate students from AICTE approved Degree level Engineering/Technology/Pharmaceutical Institutions).
The fellowship/contingency will be granted to research scholars admitted in research institutes of AICTE. National Nodal Centre will augment the process for selecting candidates as per the eligibility criteria for grant of National Doctoral Fellowship.
Key Dates: The application portal will open from 12 May 2018. The portal will close on 10 June 2018.
The candidate must have secured cumulative grade point average of 7.5 on the scale of 10 or equivalent at both B.E/B.Tech/B.Pharm and M.E/M.Tech/M.Pharm. In addition to that candidate should have qualified GATE / GPAT score during last five years. For SC/ST/PH candidates CGPA requirement will be 7.0 on the scale of 10 or equivalent or general candidate must have secured 75% marks or above & 70% marks for candidates of reserved categories.
The candidate should be less than 30 years of age as on 31st August of year of application, however age relaxation of 5 years would be applicable to candidates belonging to SC/ST, women and physically challenged category.
Fellowship Benefits: The candidate will be provided the fellowship of Rs. 28,000/- per month + House rent allowance wherever the hostel accommodation/Institute accommodation is not available as per the rates of PhD Scholarship notified by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education (Technical Section-I) vide F. Number 17-2/2014-TS.I dated 18.02.2015. Contingency grant will be admissible at the rate of Rs.15,000/- per annum.
Duration of the Scheme: The duration of the scheme shall be for a period of 3 Years. No further extension will be granted, however, extendable by 6 months in special cases with the recommendation of Institute and approval of National Nodal Centre. Further extension of 6 months may be given on the recommendations with the approval of AICTE.
Intake of the Scheme: The total number of candidates selected under this scheme per year would be limited to 150 per year. Number of candidates/Institute would be about 3 per Institute subject to the availability of seats in the research centre and demand of a research centre by candidates. If the seats allotted to the institution remain vacant, these seats will be allotted to the other institutions by the Nodal Centre on the approval of AICTE.
Reservation Policy: Reservation for fellowship shall be as per Central Reservation Policy i.e. 15% to SC candidates, 7.5% to ST candidates and 27% to OBC candidates (NCL only), and will be observed at National level.
Processing Methodology: Candidates will be identified by the National Nodal Centre of AICTE as per the functions and duties of National Nodal Centre. For this yeat PSG College of Technology has been assigned as national nodal centre.
Thrust Areas of Research
Nuclear Engineering and Allied Technologies
Robotics and Mechatronics
Energy Efficiency, Renewable and sustainable Energy
Electric and Hybrid Mobility
Smart Cities, Housing and Transportation
IoT, I2oT and Embedded Systems
Nano Science and Technology
Big Data, Machine Learning and AI
Drug modelling and development
Biomedical and Rehabilitation
Smart Technologies for Agriculture and Food Industry
Water purification, conservation and management
For exact details about eligibility conditions, how to apply and other details, the candidates should refer the Admission Notification, uploaded on the official website of AICTE- National Doctoral Fellowship Scheme 2018.