Swarnajayanti Fellowships News: A contemporary critique by Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), Human Resource Development Group has demonstrated something unbelievable. Predestinately, out of 800-odd academic institutions, only 35 have been endowed with top Research and Development scholarships in the nation in past two decades. As on Jun 29, 2017, 284 Universities are approved by University Grants Commission (UGC). But only 0.7% (2 Universities – University of Hyderabad & Jawaharlal Nehru University) were able to give winners to top R&D fellowships. Results of the study showed 43% Swarna Jayanti fellows were also beneficiaries of country’s most prestigious science award, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar (SSB) award. Further, under doctoral training winners are constituted as 66% with foreign PhD and 52% with domestic PhD.
Swarna Jayanti Fellowships 2018-2019: Application, Eligibility, Dates
Former DST secretary T Ramasami explaining the cause of this curse said: “For research, local infrastructure and ambience were required, which was limited to few institutes. Because of the flaws in our human resource system, creative people don’t like to go to the universities, and for years, the government had too little money to spruce up the infrastructure in the schools.”
Higher educational fellowship awards are limited to few institutions, showing limited spreads of scholarships awareness in India. Moreover, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (24) and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (29) – accounted for 53 (37 percent) of the 143 Swarnajayanti Fellowships awarded by the department of science and technology between 1997 and 2016.
IIT Delhi director and former Swarnajayanti Fellow and recipient of the 2005 Bhatnagar Prize, V. Ramgopal Rao, firmly believes that in next seven years, almost 5000 faculty members will get job opportunities in IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) and IISERs (Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research).
The Institutions of which scholars have won Swarnajayanti Fellowships since 1997 (Fellowships in bracket) –
- Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (29)
- Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai (24)
- Five Indian Institutes of Technology (31)
- Six CSIR Laboratories (11)
- Four IISERs (6)
- National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore (5)
- JNCASR, Bangalore (5)
- Indian Association for the cultivation of science, Calcutta (4)
- Indian Statistical Institute, Calcutta (4)
- University of Hyderabad (4)
- Indian Institute of Mathematics Sciences (3)
- IUCAA, HRI, NII, RRI, JNU – 10 (2 from each)
- AIIMS, CDFD, CMC, NCCS, Nimhans, VSSC and VECC – 7 (1 from each).
This totals to 143. Swarna Jayanti Fellowships 2018-2019: Application, Eligibility, Dates: CSIR: Human Resource Development Group after a survey in the long run concluded that very less national institutes (almost 35 out of 800 gave winners.)