Context: Recently, the Union Ministry for Science & Technology has launched a Scheme titled SERB-POWER (Promoting Opportunities for Women in Exploratory Research), designed exclusively for women scientists.

More on the news: 

  • The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has been contemplating to institute a scheme to mitigate gender disparity in science and engineering research.
    • SERB is a Statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
  • DST had through the Women Fellowship Scheme introduced some significant women empowering policies and supported thousands of women researchers in the past.

About the scheme:

  • The scheme will have two components namely - SERB-POWER Fellowship and SERB- POWER Research Grants. 
  • The salient features of the SERB-POWER Fellowship: 
    • Target: Women researchers in 35-55 years of age. 
    • Support: Fellowship of Rs. 15,000/- per month in addition to regular income; Research grant of Rs. 10 lakh per annum; and Overhead of Rs. 90,000/- per annum.
    • Duration: Three years, without the possibility of extension and once in a career.
  • The salient features of the SERB – POWER Research Grants :
    • POWER Grants will empower women researchers by funding them under following two categories:
      • Level I - Applicants from IITs, IISERs, IISc, NITs, Central Universities, and National Labs of Central Government Institutions.
      • Level II - Applicants from State Universities or Colleges and Private Academic Institutions.


  • To mitigate gender disparity in science and engineering research funding in various S&T programs in Indian academic institutions and R&D laboratories
  • Integration of the gender dimension in research design has gained considerable attention in the global scenario. 
  • Enhancement of participation and promotion of women in the research workforce is one of the prime priorities of the scheme.

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Source: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleseDetail.aspx?PRID=1668565