The Rajya Sabha on 12 August 2019 launched a scheme to promote research and study of the functioning of parliamentary institutions, impact of legislations on socio-economic transformation and efficacy of various parliamentary devices, such as committees. Approved by Upper House Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, the 'Rajya Sabha Research and Study Scheme' has three components -- one Dr S Radhakrishnan Chair with a grant of Rs 22.50 lakh, four Fellowships of Rs 8.50 lakh each, and 10 Rajya Sabha Student Engagement Internships with a stipend of Rs 10,000 each per month, adding up to a total of Rs 58.50 lakh.
- To ensure research and study reports are submitted on time, grants will be released based on progress made on the projects and awardees will have to submit reports every six months.
- The duration of Dr S Radhakrishnan Chair is two years while that of the fellowships is 18 months. Internships will be offered to graduates and post-graduates for two months every year during the summer vacation to get familiar with the functioning of the Rajya Sabha. Applications for the Dr Radhakrishnan Chair and four Fellowships can be sent until the end of this month.
- The research scheme was formulated after extensive discussions, chaired by Vice-President Naidu, with members of the Rajya Sabha, present and former secretaries-General of both Houses of Parliament and noted academics and researchers.