Decoding Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme that aims to increase Research & Development in Electronics and Information Technology

New Delhi: Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has initiated “Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme for Electronics and Information Technology (IT)” with an objective to enhance the number of PhDs in Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) and IT/IT Enabled Services (IT/ITES) sectors in the country and to give thrust to Research & Development, create an innovative ecosystem and enhance India’s competitiveness in these knowledge intensive sectors.

The scheme is also expected to encourage working professionals and non-PhD faculty members to pursue PhD.


The salient features of the scheme are as under:

 This Scheme provides 25% more fellowship amount than most of the other PhD Schemes.

Part-time PhD candidates get one time incentive on completion of the PhD.

Scheme also supports 200 Young Faculty Research Fellowships in the areas of ESDM and

IT/ITES with the objective to retain and attract bright young faculty members in these sectors

Total Number of Candidates: Till date the total number of full time PhDs are 1,086 while the enrolled full time PhDs are 967. The total allotted Part Time PhDs are 666 while the enrolled Part Time PhDs are 168.

Fellowship Benefits: Fellowship of Rs.31,500/- per month is paid to Full Time Ph.D candidates,(for I & II year); Rs. 35,0000/- (III to V year), a one time incentive of Rs. 2,50,000/- would be provided to Part Time PhD candidates on successful completion of PhD and a fellowship of Rs20,000/- per month is paid to Young Faculty Research Fellows in addition to their regular income.

The research by PhD candidates is being done in various emerging technologies areas in the domain of Electronics & IT/ITES such as Internet of Things, Cyber Security, VLSI Design, Wireless Communications, Cloud computing, Photovoltaic, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data etc.

An Lok Sabha Academic Committee consisting of domain experts has been constituted to oversee the progress of the scheme and address various technical/ academic issues.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Satya Pal Singh on 06 August 2018 in a written reply to a Lok Sabha question.

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