Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana

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Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana
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Country India
Prime Minister(s) Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Launched 1999

Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana(English: Young Scientist Incentive Plan) (KVPY) is a scholarship program funded by the Department of Science and Technology of the Government of India, aimed at encouraging students to take up research careers in the areas of basic sciences, engineering and medicine. It offers scholarship and contingency grants up to the pre-Ph.D. level to selected students. Started in 1999, it is administered by the Indian Institute of Science.The Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) is an on-going National Program of Fellowships in Basic Sciences, initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, to attract exceptionally talented and highly motivated students for pursuing basic science courses and research career in science.

The objectives of the program are to identify students with talent and aptitude for research; help them realize their potential in their studies; encourage them to take up research careers in Science, and ensure the growth of the best scientific minds for research and development in the country.

The selection of students is made from those studying in XI standard to 1st year in any undergraduate Program in Basic Sciences namely B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology having aptitude for scientific research. Special groups / committees are set up at IISc, to screen the applications and conduct an aptitude test at various centres in the country. Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students are called for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure. For receiving a fellowship, both aptitude test and interview marks are considered.[1]

The merit list is based on 75% weight-age for Aptitude Test marks and 25% weight-age for the interview marks in the streams SA, SB and SX.

  • SA can be written by students studying Science stream in class 11.
  • SX can be written by students studying Science stream in class 12.
  • SB can be written by students studying Science stream in first year of graduation [2]

In year 2015-16, 881 students of class 11, 1554 students of class 12 and 96 students of first year of graduation qualified for KVPY scholarship out of about one lakh students who appeared for the examination.[3][4]

Exam dates[edit]

The advertisement for the KVPY Fellowship appears in all the national dailies normally on the Technology Day (May 11) and the Second Sunday of July every year. The Aptitude test is usually conducted in the month of November every year and the interviews are conducted in the month of January and February. Answer Keys of the exam are published on the KVPY official website [1] within 10–12 days of the Aptitude Test. In the year 2015-16, Aptitude Test was conducted on 1 November 2015 and the answer keys were published on 6 November 2015.[5] In 2016, the exam was conducted on November 6, 2016.

Rewards[edit]

The students who qualify KVPY Exam are eligible for the fellowship. The students receive fellowship from 1st year onwards of their graduation. The KVPY fellows receive Rs. 5000 monthly fellowship from 1st to 3rd year of B.Sc/ B.Stat/ B.S./ B.Maths/ Integrated M.S./M.Sc and an annual contingency grant of Rs.20,000. After three years the fellowship is enhanced to Rs.7,000 per month during M.Sc/4th & 5th year of Integrated M.S./M.Sc and an annual contingency grant of Rs. 28,000.[6]

Result Declaration[edit]

The results of Aptitude test are generally declared in the second fortnight of December. Final results of the exam(i.e. Aptitude Test+Interview) are declared in the second fortnight of March. In the year 2015-16, the result of Aptitude Test was declared on 21 December 2015, and final results were declared on 26 March 2016.[7] In the year 2016-17, result of Aptitude Test was declared on 19 December 2016, and final results were decalared on 31 March 2017.

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