The “Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana” (KVPY) is a program started in 1999 by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India to encourage students of Basic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to take up research careers in these areas. The aim of the program is to identify, assist and encourage talented students with aptitude for research and growth in the country.
The Department of Science and Technology – the root agency of the Government has entrusted the overall responsibility for organizing the scheme to the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and set up a National Advisory Committee (NAC) for overseeing its implementation and a National Scientific Committee (NSC) look after both the administrative and academic aspects of the KVPY Program.
The selection of students from those studying in +1, +2, any U.G. Program in Science / Medicine and also Engineering students having aptitude for scientific research, are carried out by IISc (Bangalore), IIT-Bombay (Mumbai), and ICMR (New Delhi), respectively, in association with two Zonal Centers one at (IISER), Kolkata and another at Mumbai (HBCSE, TIFR). Generous scholarship and Contingency grant are provided (up to the pre-Ph.D. level) to the selected students.