Kochi:

Applications have been invited for the award of fellowships under the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), a program started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to encourage students who are studying Basic Sciences to take up research career in Science.


The aim of the program is to identify and encourage talented and motivated students to pursue career in research. This program aims to assist the students to realize their potential and to ensure that the best scientific talent is groomed for research and development in the country. Generous fellowship and contingency grant are provided to the selected KVPY Fellows up to the pre Ph.D. level or 5 years whichever is earlier. In addition, summer camps for the KVPY Fellows are organized in prestigious research and educational institutions in the country.


The Department of Science and Technology, the nodal agency of the Government has entrusted the overall responsibility for organizing and running the KVPY Program to the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and set up a Management Committee and a National Advisory Committee (NAC) for overseeing its implementation. A core committee looks after both the day-to-day and academic aspects of the KVPY Program.


Eligibility: Only Indian Nationals only to Studying in India are eligible for the fellowship. Those holding PIO, OCI Card and students intending to pursue/pursing under graduate program under Distance Education scheme/correspondence course of any university are not eligible to apply.


Students enrolled in an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences, such as B.Sc./B.S./B.Statistics/B.Mathematics/Integrated M.Sc./M.S. in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Molecular Biology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Biotechnology, Neurosciences, Bioinformatics, Marine Biology, Geology, Human Biology, Genetics, Biomedical Sciences, Applied Physics, Geophysics, Materials Science or Environmental Science are eligible for the fellowships.

Fellowships are given under three streams.


Stream SA:

Students studying Science subjects in Class XI during 2015-16 and having secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects in Class X Board examination can apply under the SA stream. The fellowship of the students selected under this stream will be activated only if they join an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences (B.Sc./B.S./B.Statistics/B.Mathematics/Integrated M.Sc./M.S.) in the academic year 2017-18 after securing a minimum of 60% (50%for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Science subjects in Class XII/(+2) Board Examination. During the interim period of one year they will be invited for Regional /National (Vijyoshi) Science Camp and their travel and other related expenses will be met by KVPY.


Students promoted through both the Summative Assessments-II conducted by the school and conducted by the Board are eligible to apply, if they satisfy eligibility criteria. If the students have obtained a letter grade in the qualified examination, they should convert it into an appropriate % marks and fill-up the application form.


Stream SX:

Students enrolled in XII Standard/ (+2) (Science subjects) during the academic year 2015–16 and aspiring to join undergraduate program in Basic Sciences namely Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology leading to B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Integrated M.Sc./M.S. for the session 2016–17 can apply, provided they have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination and a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination.


Students in their 2nd year of study in Cambridge International Examination Board and aspiring to join an UG program (viz. B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Integrated M.Sc./M.S.)in Basic Sciences namely Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology in the Academic year 2016-17 are eligible to apply provided they have secured a minimum of 80% (70% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the X Standard Board Examination. They must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Mathematics and Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology) in the XII standard Board Examination before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.


Stream SB:

Students enrolled in the 1st year of undergraduate program in Basic Sciences namely Physics/Chemistry/Mathematics & Biology leading to B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Integrated M.Sc./M.S. during the academic year 2015–16 and having secured a minimum of 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks in aggregate in Science subjects (Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Mathematics) in the XII Standard Board Examination are eligible. In the 1st year final examination of B.Sc./B.S./B.Math./B.Stat./Int. M.Sc./M.S. they must secure 60% (50% for SC/ST/PWD) marks before taking up the fellowship, if awarded.


A certain number of additional fellowships exclusively for the students belonging to SC/ST community under the various streams as stated above will be operated. A certain number of fellowships under various streams as stated above will be operated exclusively for students under the category of Persons With Disability (Physically and Visually Challenged).


Aptitude Test:

Eligible students will be called for an online/offline aptitude test to be conducted both in Hindi and English on 1st November 2015 (Sunday), at different centers across the country.


There is no prescribed syllabus for the Test. It aims to test the understanding and analytical ability of the student than his/her factual knowledge. However, students are tested for the syllabus up to class X/XII/1st year of B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Integrated M.Sc./M.S. as applicable.


Online version of the KVPY aptitude test 2015 will be held at Bangalore, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Vadodara, Varanasi, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.


Hard copy version of the KVPY aptitude test 2015 will be held at Agarthala, Agra, Allahabad, Ambala, Aurangabad, Bhavnagar, Guwahati, Hubli, Jammu, Jodhpur, Madurai, Mangalore, Patna, Raipur, Salem, Siliguri and Trivandrum.


The details of the venue of the aptitude test for the eligible students and their seat number will be published in the KVPY website during the second week of October 2015. Mock Computer based Test is available at http://www.kvpy.iisc.ernet.in/main/applications.htm


Question papers and Answer Keys of the examinations held from 2009 are available at http://www.kvpy.iisc.ernet.in/main/index.htm

Application:

Application can be submitted only online, at http://www.kvpy.iisc.ernet.in/main/applications.htm latest by

30th August, 2015

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Before proceeding to fill up the Online Application, applicant should have scanned image of his/her Photograph, Signature and also, caste / Disability certificate if applicable. These documents will be required for uploading and submitting Online Application. A valid e-mail and Mobile Number is mandatory for the registration of Online Application. This e-mail and Mobile number should be kept active till the declaration of results. KVPY will send important information with regard to the application and examination on this registered E-Mail/Mobile number.


Online application has to be submitted in three steps, (i) Registration (ii) Filling personal and academic details, choosing test centre and uploading photo, signature and other certificates as applicable and (iii) payment of application fees.


On successful registration, applicant will receive the User ID and Password on the registered Email and Mobile No. Subsequent to receiving the User ID and Password, one will not be able to edit Name, Email and Mobile Number. In Case there is a need to change these fields, one will have to repeat all steps and obtain a new User ID and Password.


On receiving User ID and Password, applicant may login from the candidate login page using Candidate ID and Password. After filling in all mandatory details, applicant may click on ‘Preview Application’ to view the filled application and verify the details entered. They can edit the information in the application except Name, Email and Mobile Number at this stage. Applicant should then click on the ‘Submit’ button to complete this stage of application.


For paying the application fee, applicant should re-login using the User ID and Password. Applicant will see a preview of the application. At the top right hand corner, there will be an EDIT button. Applicant should click on this to do the online or challan payment of application fee. The application fee (inclusive of KVAT) for KVPY-2015 for General Category/OBC is Rs.1055/- and for SC/ST/PWD is Rs. 528/-. This can be paid online or through a challan. Online payment can be done either through Internet Banking, Credit card or Debit card. If choosing to pay using challan, he/she will have to take a print out of Challan and make a payment in any Branch of SBI before 29th August 2015.


After the payment is complete applicant must re-login to upload a scanned copy of the duly filled challan and Bank details. The application will not be complete without uploading the challan.


After completion of payment, applicant should click on the ‘Submit’ button, to complete the payment process. He/she will get a message on top of the Application Form as ‘Your Application is on Scrutiny’. The scrutiny of the application will take at least two working days from the time one successfully submits the application. Applicants may go to the login page again after at least 2 days, to check the status of their application. If a message on top of the application which says ‘Your application is successfully submitted’ is seen, he/she may take a print out of the same for records. Applicants are not required to send copy of application or challan to the KVPY office.


Admit Card:

Applicants may download the admit card for the aptitude test from the website from 10th October 2015.

Interview:

Based on the performance in the aptitude test, short-listed students will be asked to appear for an interview which is the final stage of the selection procedure. For receiving a fellowship, both aptitude test and interview marks are considered.

Fellowship Amount:

A student is eligible to receive KVPY Fellowship up to pre-PhD level or 5 years whichever is earlier.


Those selected will get a monthly fellowship amounting to Rs.5000/- during 1st to 3rd years of B.Sc./B.S./B.Statistics/B.Mathematics/ Integrated M.Sc. /M.S. and an annual contingency grant of Rs. 20000/-


The amount of fellowship will be Rs. 7000/- during M. Sc. / 4th to 5th years of Integrated M.Sc. /M.S./M.Mathematics/M.Statistics. The annual contingency grant during this period will be Rs. 28000/-


Renewal/Continuation of fellowship: Annual renewal of fellowships will depend on the KVPY Fellows maintaining a good academic performance of first class (60% marks) or equivalent grade point average (50% or equivalent grade point average for SC/ST/PWD) in science subjects in aggregate in each academic year in the first attempt. Students who failed to secure 60% marks or equivalent grade in a year (50% or equivalent grade for SC/ST/PWD) will forfeit the fellowship. However, in the subsequent year if they get 60% marks or equivalent CGPA (50% or equivalent CGPA for SC/ST/PWD) on aggregate over all the previous years, the fellowship will be renewed from that year.


In addition to the above, participation and satisfactory performance in the Summer Camp in the first year and Summer project every year thereafter is required for renewal of the fellowship.


KVPY Fellows who opt out of the basic science (B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S.) stream at any stage will forfeit the Fellowship and Contingency Grant forthwith.


The fellowship for the students selected under the stream SA/SX/SB will be started after the XII Standard/ (+2) / I year UG, only if they pursue an undergraduate course in Basic Sciences, that are, B.Sc./B.S./B.Stat./B.Math./Int. M.Sc./M.S. in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Ecology, Molecular Biology, Botany, Zoology, Physiology, Biotechnology, Neurosciences, Bioinformatics, Marine Biology, Geology, Human Biology, Genetics, Biomedical Sciences, Applied Physics, Materials Science, Environmental Science or Geophysics.


Summer program:

Summer program is an important part of the nurture program for the KVPY Fellows. These are meant to expose the Fellows to methods of scientific search and inculcate in them an abiding interest in doing scientific research. These are normally organized during the summer vacation, when KVPY Fellows spend one or two weeks in scientific institutions listening to lectures by experts in different fields of Basic Sciences and other related subjects, observe things in a research environment, science in action, watch scientists at work, interact with scientists, visit nearby scientific research laboratories and institutions, exchange views and interact with other research students. Sometimes Fellows with specific interest are associated with individual scientists who talk to them about their interest, help them clear their doubts, give them problem to work on, let them do experiments, and tell them about the future scope in the area of their interest.


Summer Program for the KVPY Fellows is arranged at the Indian Institute for Science Education and Research (IISER) - Kolkata, Pune, Mohali, Bhopal, and Trivandrum for a week.


Each KVPY Fellow will be issued an Identity Card so as to have access to National Laboratories/ Universities who have agreed to extend special privileges like library, laboratory facilities, etc. to KVPY Fellows on production of the ID card.


For more details, visit http://www.kvpy.org.in/