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NRI, foreign scientists to work in Indian institutes: Govt

NEW DELHI: The Centre is all set to launch a programme next month wherein foreign and NRI scientists can work in the country’s scientific institutions for a period of one to three months.

The programme titled ‘Visiting Advanced Joint Research’ (VAJRA) is aimed at encouraging top scientists to work in India and also guide doctorate and post-doctorate students.

“The aim of the programme is to expose the students to global research culture. The scientists selected under this programme will be a cut above the rest in their respective fields.

“The faculty will be physically available for 1-3 months in the Indian institutions, but maintain an adjunct faculty status round the year,” said Ashutosh Sharma, secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology.

The scientists under the programme would draw a salary of USD 15,000 in the first month and USD 10,000 each in the remaining months.

PTI