KVPY, the short for Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana, is a national program of fellowship in basic sciences. It has been started and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India so as to provide opportunity to extremely bright and ambitious students for pursuing basic science courses and research career in the field of science.
The main motive of this program is to pick talented students for research purpose. Through this program, the students are provided academic potential to carry out research activities and are encouraged to take up research careers in the field of Science. The idea is to bring out the best in these individuals so that they contribute towards scientific research and development of the country.
The selection of the students is done from among those studying in class XI to 1st year of any undergraduate program under the science stream such as B.Sc., B.S., B. Stat., B. Math., Int. M.Sc. or MS in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Maths. The students must also possess an aptitude for scientific research. Certain special committees have been set up at IISc to shortlist the applications and hold an aptitude test at different centres across the country. Those who qualify in this exam are required to sit for an interview based on which the candidates are finally selected for this program. Fellowships are given up to the pre-PhD. Level to the KVPY fellows.
The announcement for KVPY Fellowship is done by advertising about the same in all the national dailies mostly on the Technology Day that is the 11th of May and the second Sunday of July each year.