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Dr.S. Radhakrishnan Chair and Rajya Sabha Fellowships

In the year 2009, the Council of States (Rajya Sabha), Parliament of India instituted a Chair named after Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, the first Vice-President of India and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, and two Rajya Sabha Fellowships with the objective of promoting an in depth inquiry and research on different aspects of parliamentary democracy in India; promote better understanding of the functioning of Parliament; and help document the changing nature and role of parliamentary institutions and enable appreciation of the challenges faced by these institutions. This initiative is intended to create a critical mass of academic research with a body of knowledge on the function of parliamentary democracy.

A Search and Advisory Committee (SAC) assists the Chairman, Rajya Sabha in the selection as well as operation of the Chair and the Fellowships.  It has five members, two from amongst the members of Rajya Sabha, two prominent academics, nominated by the Chairman, Rajya Sabha and Secretary-General, Rajya Sabha is the Member Convenor.

 Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Chair

The Chair is open to eminent scholars who have a proven record of scholarship and publications in the study of Indian political system and parliamentary institutions and their functioning. Duration of the chair is for two years, extendable up to one year.  The occupant of the chair is entitled for a grant of Rs 14 lac plus Rs 2 lac to meet contingent expenses.

Rajya Sabha Fellowships

The Fellowship is of one year duration which is extendable upto six months. The fellows get a grant of Rs 3 lac. The fellowship is open to academics and experts who have experience and aptitude for undertaking original research in Indian Democratic System, Parliamentary Institutions and their functioning. So far, five research fellows have been awarded Rajya Sabha Fellowships.

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