The Banaras Hindu University (BHU) launched a six-month External Research Experience for PhD students today. This will foster good quality research across any domain. Research scholars with a very good academic profile at undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) levels, having completed their course work and quality publications to their credit will be eligible to apply for the programme.
The scheme aims to provide PhD scholars with an opportunity to spend one semester (six months) in a reputed university or research laboratory in India to carry out their research. They will also be able to utilise this opportunity for developing experimental, theoretical or professional skills. Students will have multiple benefits from the scheme like exposure to a diverse, multicultural and competitive research atmosphere which in turn will help them excel academically and professionally.
In this programme, the visiting research scholar will be offered a monthly maintenance allowance of Rs 15,000 which will be in addition to the usual fellowship. The scheme will also provide Banaras Hindu University an opportunity in establishing collaboration activities with other top institutions.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir Kumar Jain said, “We want our PhD students to carry out high quality research for their thesis and prepare themselves for challenging assignments ahead. This scheme will enable them to carry out research in a diverse and multicultural environment and gain very valuable experience.” The scheme, implemented as part of the Institution of Eminence, BHU, is being managed by the Sponsored Research Industrial Consultancy Cell (SRICC) headed by Prof. D. S. Pandey.