The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has announced Visiting Adjunct Joint Research Faculty Scheme also called as VAJRA to attract scientists of Indian origin to contribute to the India’s growth story. The scheme is launched on the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 8th January 2017. It was informed in that approximately seven lakh Indian students are pursuing academic programs abroad.
The scheme will enable the NRIs and overseas scientific community to participate and contribute to research and development in India. Under the scheme, an overseas Indian can work for one to three months in an institution in India.
Under the scheme foreign researchers can spend three months every year for five years in India and carry out their research. The scheme will be implemented by the Department of Science and Technology Government of India (DST). The POI scientists will be paid $15,000 for the first month and $10,000 for next two months. DST is targeting to get 1,000 visiting scientists, 500 POIs and 500 foreign scientists over next five years. The scheme is open to the foreign scientists as well. Bilateral projects will be started under the scheme and collaborators will be appointed from India.
Importantly, PBD was held in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The PBD summit was organized from 7th -9th Jan, 2017. The 14th edition of the three-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, billed as the largest convergence of Indian Diaspora, had the spotlight on the role of youth in transforming the society and India's potential to play the role of a 'Vishwa Guru' again.