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Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology(MeitY), Government of India has conceived a scheme to enhance the number of PhDs in the Electronic Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) and IT/IT enabled Services (ITES) sector. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved the scheme with a total estimated cost of ₹ 466 crore (Rupees Four Hundred One Crore only)over a period of nine years. Digital India Corporation (Formerly Media Lab Asia) (a Section-25 not-for-profit organization of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology(MeitY)) would be responsible for providing implementation support to the scheme. The duration of scheme would be for a period of five years for the purpose of selecting PhD candidates for support under the scheme. However, the funding would be continued till 9th year for the commitments already made during the scheme period.

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