National doctoral fellowship (NDF)

National doctoral fellowship (NDF) Scheme 2020 Eligibility, Application Form, Rewards, Selection Procedure

National doctoral fellowship: To encourage research in recognised institutions, All India Council for Technical Education, ACITE has started the National Doctoral Fellowship Scheme (NDF). Candidates, who desire to get admission in ePh.D in AICTE recognised fields in technical institutes, will be presented a research fellowship.

Graduate, Post Graduate Students and Research Fellows can also find more Fellowship Articles to explore various fellowships across India to know the funding opportunities.

The goals of National Doctoral Fellowship(NDF)are Allowing full-time exemplary research scholars by presenting research fellowship who needs to get admission to PhD in AICTE recognised Technical Institutes/University Departments

 for researching thrust fields, To nourish skills for technical research, and To encourage collaborative study between Institute and Industries directing to start-ups. 

Course Provided under NDF:

  • Nuclear Engineering and Allied Technologies  
  • Robotics and Mechatronics  
  • Energy Efficiency, Renewable and Sustainable Energy  
  • Electric and Hybrid Mobility  
  • Smart Cities, Housing and Transportation  
  • IoT, I2oT , and Embedded Systems  
  • Smart Technologies for Agriculture and Food Industry  
  • Big Data, Machine Learning and AI  
  • Drug modelling and development  
  • Nano Science and Technology  
  • Smart Materials and Smart Sensors  
  • Biomedical and Rehabilitation.  
  • Digital Manufacturing.  
  • Water purification, conservation and management.

National doctoral fellowship Eligibility Criteria

  • The fellowship/contingency will be given to research scholars recognised in the research institute of AICTE. National Nodal Centre will increase the method for choosing applicants as per the eligibility standards for award of National Doctoral Fellowship.
  • The applicant must have obtained a combined grade point score of 7.5 on the scale of 10 or equivalent at both B.E/B.Tech/B.Pharm and M.E/M.Tech/M.Pharm. In addition to the above, the applicant should have passed GATE/GPAT through the last five years. For SC/ST/PH applicants CGPA provision will be 7.0 on the range of 10 or equivalent or general applicant must have obtained 75% marks or above & 70% marks for applicants of reserved classes. 
  • The applicant should be below 30 years of age as on 31st August of the year of application yet age relaxation of 5 years would apply to applicants pertaining to SC/ST, women and physically challenged class.

Fellowship Duration of NDF

The term of the plan shall be for 3 Years. No additional extension will be given, though, extendable by six months in exceptional cases with the guidance of Institute and permission of National Nodal Centre. An additional expansion of 6 months may be given on the advice with the permission of AICTE.

Intake of NDF Scheme

The whole number of applicants chosen under this plan per year would be restricted to 150 per year. A number of applicants/Institute would be about 3 per Institute subjected to the availability of positions in the research hub and need of a research centre by applicants. If the seats allocated to the Institution continue empty, these seats will be allocated to the other institutions by the Nodal Centre on the permission of AICTE.

Reservation Policy

Reservation for the fellowship will be as per Central Reservation Policy, i.e. 15% to SC applicants, 7.5% to ST applicants and 27% to OBC applicants (NCL only), and will be recognised at National level.

National doctoral fellowship Rewards

The applicant will be granted the fellowship of Rs. 28,000/- per month + House rent allowance(HRA) wheresoever the hostel convenience/Institute accommodation is not possible as per the standards of Ph.D. Scholarship published by Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education Contingency allowance will be applicable at the pace of Rs.15,000/- per annum.

The chosen Nodal Centre may be issued an amount of Rs.11.00 lakhs yearly for meeting the expense on Honorarium/Wage to DEO/Clerks and for conference prices of National Nodal Centre Coordinator’s Office. 

NDF (National doctoral fellowship) Application Form

  • Applicant should go to the website http://aicte-ndf.psgtech.ac.in for presenting online application form
  • Applicants should see the information booklet open in the above website entirely before providing details in all the fields in the application form.
  • Applicants must only present their application form online by aicte-ndf.psgtech.ac.in.
  • Applicants should get sure that conventional Institute / Discipline codes are chosen, all essential details are duly filled in the corresponding fields.
  • The applicant should present the online application form along with appropriate enclosures specified in the Information Booklet.
  • The applicant should also give an application fee by online for Rs. 500/- in reverence of General/OBC class learners and for Rs. 250/- in reverence of booked class students (SC/ST/PH).

National doctoral fellowship Selection Procedure

The National Nodal Centre of AICTE will identify candidates as per the roles and duties of National Nodal Centre. 

Terms and Conditions

  • The fellow shall present an annual statement on the development, each year by the Research Supervisor, Head of the Department and Head of the Institute.
  • The fellow should submit the last progress report by the Head of the Department / Institution to the AICTE.
  • The fellow shall not be granted for the transferral of award from the Institution where the awardee is presently working for PhD through the whole occupation of the award.
  • The fellow shall dedicate full time to study during the occupation of fellowship and will not be authorised to take any part-time/full-time assignment. Candidates will not receive any other pay or fellowship if granted during the occupation of fellowship by any other source. The quality of the candidature (Full-time AICTE sponsored National Doctoral Fellow) will not replace during the program.
  • The fellow shall provide a statement that if the outcomes of research are such that can be employed commercially by using a license or otherwise economic exploitation and copyright should be with the Institute, applicant and administrator. However, the laws of the respective research institute, if any, in these interests will be suitable.
  • AICTE online gateway will have PG Scholarship gateway like mechanism to release fellowship/HRA etc. amount immediately in the bank account of the receiver through DBT. 
  • The service requirements specified in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education guidance published vide F. Number 17-2/2014-TS. I dated 18.02.2015 shall apply to awardees.
  • If the growth of the applicant is not adequate as described by the supervisor/Head of the Department /Head of the research institute, the grant of the candidature will be cancelled with instant effect. This will not be revoked under any conditions.
  • The PhD rules/ordinances of the research institute and the affiliating university will apply to all accepted applicants under this project.

Frequently Asked Questions on National doctoral fellowship

Question 1.
What are the eligibility criteria?

Answer: 

  • The applicant must have obtained a combined grade point score of 7.5 on the scale of 10 or equivalent at both B.E/B.Tech/B.Pharm and M.E/M.Tech/M.Pharm. In addition to the above, the applicant should have passed GATE/GPAT through the last five years. For SC/ST/PH applicants CGPA provision will be 7.0 on the range of 10 or equivalent or general applicant must have obtained 75% marks or above & 70% marks for applicants of reserved classes. 
  • The applicant should be below 30 years of age as on 31st August of the year of application yet age relaxation of 5 years would apply to applicants pertaining to SC/ST, women and physically challenged class.

Question 2.
What is the duration of the scheme?

Answer:
The term of the plan shall be for 3 Years. No additional extension will be given, though, extendable by six months in exceptional cases with the guidance of Institute and permission of National Nodal Centre. An additional expansion of 6 months may be given on the advice with the permission of AICTE.

Question 3.
Is there any reservation policy? 

Answer:
Reservation for the fellowship will be as per Central Reservation Policy, i.e. 15% to SC applicants, 7.5% to ST applicants and 27% to OBC applicants (NCL only), and will be recognised at National level.

Question 4.
What is the amount of fellowship?

Answer:
The applicant will be granted the fellowship of Rs. 28,000/- per month + House rent allowance(HRA) wheresoever the hostel convenience/Institute accommodation is not possible as per the standards of Ph.D. Scholarship published by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education Contingency allowance will be applicable at the pace of Rs.15,000/- per annum.

Question 5.
What is the selection procedure?

Answer:
The National Nodal Centre of AICTE will identify candidates as per the roles and duties of National Nodal Centre. 

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