Post Graduate and Doctorate Level
Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme for Electronics & IT
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India has launched “Visvesvaraya PhD Scheme for Electronics and IT” with an objective to enhance the number of PhDs in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) and IT/IT Enabled Services (IT/ITES) sectors in the country.
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the scheme in 2014 for a period of nine years.
The total estimated cost of the Scheme is Rs. 466 crores (Rupees Four Hundred sixty six crores only)
Salient features of the PhD Scheme are as follows:
- Give thrust to R&D, create an innovative ecosystem and enhance India’s competitiveness in these knowledge intensive sectors.
- To fulfill the commitments made in NPE 2012 and NPIT 2012.
- Support to 1500 PhD Candidates including both Full-Time (500) and Part-Time(1000) in each of ESDM and IT/ITES sectors (Total: 3000 PhDs).
- Support 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.
- The scheme is also expected to encourage working professionals and non-PhD faculty members to pursue PhD.
- Full Time PhD Candidates:
- Fellowship : @31,500p.m.(I & II yr); 35,000(III to V yr);
- Annual Contingency Grant support @ Rs. 30,000/- per year for consumables etc.
- Reimbursement of Rent for those PhD candidates who are not provided accommodation or choose not to avail the accommodation provided by the institution.
- Support for attending international conferences (1000 supports @ up to Rs. 50,000 per conference)
- Supported Institutions:
- Infrastructural grant to Academic Institutions for creation/upgrade of laboratories. 50% of the expenditure by the Institutions (upto 5.00 lakh per candidate) for lab equipments.
- Institutional Overheads: @ Rs. 25000/- p.a. / full time candidate
- Part-time PhD Candidate: One time incentive of Rs. 2,50,000 on completion of the PhD
- Young Faculty Research Fellowship
- Fellowship @ Rs. 20,000 per month in addition to the regular income
- Annual grant of Rs. 5,00,000 for research expenses and presenting research work, to be granted for a period of up to 5 years.
The duration of scheme would be for a period offive yearsfor the purposes of selecting candidates for support under the scheme. However, the funding would be continued till 9th year for the commitments already made during the scheme period.
For further details, kindly refer to the portal of the PhD Scheme: http://phd.medialabasia.in/
Scheme of Financial Assistance for setting up of Electronics and ICT Academies
The objective of the above scheme is to set up seven (07) Electronics and ICT Academies as a unit in IITs, IIITs, NITs, etc., for faculty/mentor development/up gradation to improve the employability of the graduates/diploma holders in various streams, through active collaboration of States/UTs with financial assistance from the Central Government. Electronics and ICT Academy would aim to provide specialized training to the faculties of the Engineering, Arts, Commerce & Science colleges, Polytechnics etc, by developing state-of-the-art facilities.
Approval has been accorded for setting up of 07 such regional Academies in NIT Patna, (Bihar), IIITDM Jabalpur, (Madhya Pradesh), NIT Warangal, (Telangana), IIT Guwahati, (Assam), IIT, Kanpur (Uttar Pradsh), IIT, Roorkee (Uttarakhand) and MNIT, Jaipur (Rajasthan). The Ministry has earlier setup two ICT Academies at Tamil Nadu and Kerala respectively.
Vocational, Skill development level
(i) Two Schemes on Skill Development in ESDM sector have been approved:
(a) ‘Scheme for Financial Assistance to select States/UTs for Skill Development in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector’
A ‘Scheme for Financial Assistance to Select States/UTs for Skill Development in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector’ with a target of skilling 90,000 candidates (in five levels) at a total outlay of Rs.113.77 crore with Grant-in-support of Rs. 100.00 crore (approx.) has been approved. Based on the proposals received, an ‘Empowered Committee’ selected the states of Andhra Pradesh (Target: 7,500 in all 5 levels), Telangana (Target: 7,500 in all 5 levels), Jammu & Kashmir (Target: 15,000 in all 5 levels), Karnataka (Target :15,000 in all 5 levels), Kerala (Target: 11,250 - for Level 3, 4, 5 courses only), Punjab (Target: 15,000 in all 5 levels), Uttarakhand (Target: 3750 - for Level 1, 2 courses only) and Uttar Pradesh (Target : 15,000 in all 5 levels). An Expert Committee constituted by the Government to recommend the basket of courses which could be covered under the said scheme had recommended 80 courses 137.55 KB
(b) Scheme for ‘Skill Development in ESDM for Digital India’
Under the aegis of ‘Digital India’ programme launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister, the Ministry has approved a Scheme for “Skill Development in ESDM for Digital India” on 09.12.2014 to cover all the States/UTs of the country in order to facilitate creation of an eco-system for development of ESDM sector in the entire country for facilitating skill development for 3,28,000 persons in ESDM sector at an outlay of Rs. 411 crore (approx.). This is in continuation of the above mentioned ‘Scheme for Financial Assistance to select States/UTs for Skill Development in Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector’ approved earlier which is being implemented in 8 states. Both the Schemes are to be implemented concurrently.
(ii) Skill Development in Electronics Hardware’ being implemented by NCPUL/NIELIT Chandigarh
The project has been approved for a duration of 3 years for conducting One-year Diploma course jointly by National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language (NCPUL) and NIELIT, Chandigarh for training 10,000 candidates. The training is being conducted at 50 select NCPUL centres where requisite training facilities has been set up and trained faculty is being provided by NIELIT. So far 5142 candidates have been enrolled under the programme.
(iii) Efforts to generate greater participation of Industry through Sector Skill Councils – Electronics, Telecom, IT/ITeS
MeitY is actively associating and supporting the various skill development activities of the following Sector Skill Councils (SSCs) concerning the domains addressed by this Ministry:
- Sector Skill Council: Electronics
- Sector Skill Council: IT-ITeS
- Sector Skill Council: Telecom
- Sector Skill Council: Health (for Medical Electronics)
- Sector Skill Council: Automotive (for Automotive Electronics)
The above Sector Skill Councils have taken up various courses for skilling of candidates in their respective domains.
(iv) Skill Development Training of Citizen leading to enhancement in Employability under 8th pillar of Digital India – IT for Jobs
A proposal prepared by NIELIT to create a pool of trained 55 Lakh Citizens including candidates from SC/ST/ BPL Section and Women candidates in the area of ICT over a period of 4 years is under process.
Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) Project
The ISEA Project which is aimed at generation of manpower in the area of Information Security at various levels, train government officials and create mass awareness was completed on 31.3.2014 under which more than 42,000 students were trained in various formal and non-formal course at various academic institutions, NIELIT and CDAC; and more than 500 awareness workshops were conducted throughout the country. A Phase-II of the project has been approved with an outlay of Rs. 96.08 crore to be implemented over a period of 5 years w.e.f. 01.4.2014. Under the ISEA Phase-II, 1.14 lakh persons are proposed to be trained under formal and non-formal courses, faculty training etc. In addition, about 400 Paper publications are expected. The project also aims to provide training to more than 13,000 Government officials and creating mass information security awareness targeted towards Academic users, Government users and General users (approximately 3 crore Internet users in five years through direct and indirect mode).
Capacity building in the areas of Electronic Product Design and Production Technology
The project has been initiated for development of human resource at various levels including Certificate, Diploma, Post Graduate and Research Professionals with adequate competence levels with a target of training 11,515 candidates in five years. The project further aims at upgrading the competence of working professional in Indian Industries and knowledge/ skills of faculty of technical institutions. The project is being implemented by NIELIT Centres at Aurangabad & Chennai and CDAC Hyderabad. Under this project, NIELIT Aurangabad has launched M.Tech(part time) in Electronic product design and B.Tech(full time), both in affiliation with Dr. B.A.M. University, Aurangabad with a vision to bridge the gap between academia and Industry, the implementing agencies have launched 6 week modular courses in Electronic Product Design, Embedded System Design, Electronic Packaging, Wireless Embedded System. Further, a 6 month (full time) Post Graduate Diploma in Electronic Product Design has also been launched.
Special Manpower Development Program for Chips to Systems
A programme entitled ‘Special Manpower Development Programme for Chips to System Design’ was initiated by the Ministry under ‘Digital India Programme’ in December 2014. The objective of the programme is to broaden the VLSI Design base in the country, generate specialized manpower in the area of VLSI and system level design, as well as to bring in a culture of System-on-Chip / System Designing which will ensure moving up in the value chain in the “System Design Space”. The program is being implemented at 60 institutions spread across the country including all IITs, all NITs, etc. These institutions have been divided in two categories – Resource Centers (10) and Participating Institutions (50). The Resource Centers will be the Mentoring Institutions in the program. The project has an outlay of Rs. 99.72 Crore with duration of 5 years.
The programme will result in generation of over 50 thousand specialized manpower in the area of VLSI and system level design at PhD, Post Graduate and Graduate level along with development of 10 systems / sub-systems / Applications Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs). The program will also lead to generation of Intellectual Property Cores, publication of papers etc. Under the program, Instruction Enhancement Programmes for faculty of participating institutions would be organized along with organizing ZOPP workshop etc. The programme will also result in broadening the base of quality research in the country by supporting ‘Networked PhD programme’ which will make use of expert faculty, to be called Mentoring Guides, available in IITs (Resource Centers). These Mentoring Guides along with the guides of the Participating Institutions would guide the researchers of the Participating Institute.
Grass root level: Scheme for IT Mass Literacy in the Country
The Ministry has approved the following two Schemes for providing Digital Literacy to the masses:
(i) IT Mass Literacy (National Digital Literacy Mission)
In line with the objective of the National Policy on IT 2012 to make one person in every household in the country e-literate, a scheme for IT Mass Literacy (renamed as National Digital Literacy Mission) with an objective to provide IT training, relevant to the need of the trainee, which enables the beneficiaries to use IT and related applications for their livelihood earning and employability with an outlay of Rs. 97.02 crore (Grant-in-aid from MeitY: Rs. 89.71 crore) has been approved. The Scheme aims to train 10 lakh persons at two levels of literacy throughout the country. The Scheme has been launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister at Ranchi, Jharkhand on 21-08-2014.
(ii) Scheme for ‘Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ (दिशा) under ‘Digital India’
Digital Empowerment of citizens by providing Universal Digital Literacy is an integral component of the Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Digital India’ initiative. Keeping this in view, a scheme entitled ‘Digital Saksharta Abhiyan’ (दिशा) to make 42.5 lakh persons digitally literate in selected households throughout the country at a total outlay of Rs. 380.00 crore (approx) over a period of 4 years has been approved on 09.12.2014 under Digital India. Out of the total target, 4 Lakh candidates are to be trained by Industry, NGOs and others through their own resources/ under CSR and remaining 38.5 lakh candidates would be supported by Government.
Out of the total target of candidates to be supported by Government, 50% seats would be reserved for SC/ST and BPL categories for which 100% training cost would be borne by Government. For the remaining 50 % seats, 75% of the training cost would be borne by Government. All the candidates trained under the Scheme would need to undergo a certification examination by an agency identified by the Government. The Certification fee for all the targeted candidates trained would be reimbursed to the Certification Agency. Both the above Schemes are to be implemented concurrently.
(iii) Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA)
The Government has approved a scheme titled “Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan (PMGDISHA)” to usher in digital literacy in rural India by covering 6 crore rural households (one person per household) by 31.03.2019. This is in line with the announcement made by Hon’ble Finance Minister in the Union Budget 2016-17. To ensure equitable geographical reach, each of the 2,50,000 Gram Panchayats would be expected to register an average of 200-300 candidates.
Special focus of the said Scheme is on training the beneficiaries on use of Electronic Payment System. The outcome measurement criteria would include undertaking at least 5 electronic payments transactions by each beneficiary using UPI (including BHIM app), USSD, PoS, AEPS, Cards, Internet Banking.
The total outlay of the above Scheme is Rs. 2,351.38 Crore (approx.). It is being implemented as a Central Sector Scheme by the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology through an implementing agency namely CSC e-Governance Services India Limited, with active collaboration of all the State Governments and UT Administrations.
Create skill development facilities in deprived areas through strengthening of National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT)
A project on “Development of North - Eastern Region by enhancing the Training/ Education capacity in the Information, Electronics & Communications Technology (IECT) Area” has been initiated with the following objectives:
(a) Upgrading the six existing centres of the NIELIT in the North-Eastern Region at Guwahati, Imphal, Shillong, Itanagar, Gangtok and Aizwal.; and
(b) Setting up of ten new Extension centres and upgrading two existing Extension centres Fifteen (15) out of proposed Eighteen(18) Centres/Extension Centres are operational as on date. The new seven Extension Centres are imparting training from rented built-up space at Silchar, Jorhat and Kokrajhar in Assam; Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh; Senapati & Churachandpur in Manipur; and Lunglei in Mizoram. Efforts are being made for allotment/hiring of built-up space for remaining 4 Extension Centres at, Tura (Meghalaya), Dibrugarh (Assam) and Tezu in Arunachal Pradesh. A total of 9774 students were trained so far under the project. Possession of land for construction of permanent campuses has been obtained at 14 locations in Pasighat, Guwahati, Kokrajhar, Jorhat, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Silchar, Imphal, Senapati, Churachandpur, Aizawl, Lunglei, Gangtok and Chuchuyimlang land is yet to be obtain at Tezu, Tura, Shillong and Itanagar. Three Central PSUs have been appointed as Project Management Consultants (PMCs) for construction of permanent NIELIT Centres & Extension Centres.
(ii) NIELIT is presently offering trainings courses from 16 locations in all eight (08) NE States covering two additional locations at Agartala and Kohima under other funded projects by the MeitY.
(iii) Setting up/ upgradation of NIELIT Centres at Srikakulam, Ladakh Region of Leh, Kolkata, Patna, Ranchi, Ajmer, Chennai, and Ropar is underway