FLASH Update - KVPY Discontinued2022-07-26
In an announcement by the Department of Science & technology (DST) yesteday, it was annouced that the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana or KVPY program would not be conducted from the year 2022 onwards. Consequently, the KVPY Aptitude test will no longer be conducted from this year. Instead KVPY would be subsumed into the INSPIRE program. It went on to state that the ongoing KVPY fellows will continue to receive fellowship as per norms from DST.
Under the KVPY programme, attractive fellowships are provided to students who enroll in Basic Science courses, that are, B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology having aptitude for scientific research.
Fellowships of Rs.5,000 per month + Annual Contingency Grant of Rs.20,000 was provided to selected KVPY scholars.
Selection was through an aptitude test and an interview. See details of existing KVPY scheme here.
INSPIRE stands for Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research is a programme sponsored and managed by the Department of Science & Technology for attraction of talent to Science. The basic objective of INSPIRE is to communicate to the youth of the country the excitements of creative pursuit of science, attract talent to the study of science at an early age and thus build the required critical human resource pool for strengthening and expanding the Science & Technology system and R & D base.
The program, also run by the DST, does not believe in conducting competitive exams for identification of talent at any level. Instead, it believes in and relies on the efficacy of the existing educational structure for identification of talent. The program offers Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships to eligible candidates. Read more about INSPIRE here.