Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has granted approval for financial assistance to research scholars in the state, according to a statement from the Chief Minister’s office. The approved proposal amounts to ₹62.30 crore and aims to benefit approximately 6,000 research scholars.
The release stated that a fellowship of ₹20,000 per month will be provided to around 2,200 research scholars from government colleges and universities who are already receiving financial aid from the state government. Gehlot approved a budget of ₹52.80 crore for this purpose.
Approximately 3,800 research scholars from government colleges and universities will receive financial assistance of up to ₹25,000 for participating in internships, seminars, workshops, and conferences at prestigious higher education institutions and research institutes across the country. An allocation of ₹9.50 crore has been approved by the Chief Minister for this initiative.
The fellowship will be awarded for a maximum duration of two years, and the college education department will serve as the nodal department overseeing its implementation. The release also mentioned that the assistance of these research scholars can be sought in the execution of public welfare schemes by the state government.
It is important to note that researchers affiliated with medical education universities or those already receiving any other form of fellowship will not be eligible for this financial grant. The announcement regarding this initiative was made by the Chief Minister in the 2023-24 budget.
With this move, the Rajasthan government aims to provide much-needed financial support to research scholars, empowering them to pursue their studies and contribute to the development of the state.