5 Goa students qualify for national fellowship

Five Goa students have qualified for the prestigious national fellowship Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY) of the central government’s department of science and technology for this year. The fellowship offers a monthly stipend to selected students for five years to pursue higher education in the pure sciences.

Of the nearly one lakh students that apply for the scholarship, only around 4% get chosen for the interview round each year and eventually only 1,500 are selected to avail the fellowship amount. For the first time this year, five students from Goa have qualified for the fellowship-Deepak Gopalan with an All India Rank of 219, Aditya Kunkolienkar with a rank of 590, Manasi Paste and Aditya Patki, both with a rank of 830 and Kenneth D’Silva with a rank of 1,194.

All the students to have qualified from Goa are Class XII students from Panaji’s Mushtifund Aryaan Higher Secondary School.

“In the year before last, one student qualified from Goa. Last year, the number rose to two and this year, five have been chosen from the state. All belonged to our school. The selection process is not easy as scientists grill the students during the interview round to make sure the students pursue research in the pure sciences. As most students are opting for technical courses, this fellowship is aimed at encouraging research in the pure sciences,” the school director Vynkatesh Prabhudessai said.

Clearing the KVPY also qualifies the five selected students for direct admission to a programme in pure sciences at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research.

“We are proud of these five students and the school director Prabhudessai,” said Suhas Sardesai of Mushtifund Saunstha.

An initial scrutiny of the applications is carried out, following which the qualified students answer an aptitude test in a combination of the subjects of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology.

The selected students will get the scholarships once they join a programme in the stream of pure sciences in either an Indian Institute of Technology, the Indian Institute of Science or an Indian Institute of Science Education and Research.

They will receive a monthly fellowship amount of between 5,000 to 7,000 and an annual contingency grant of upto 28,000 and also assistance to attend national seminars. The fellowship will continue upto the pre-PhD level.