Research Fellowships To Be Hiked In 2019: As per Media Reports
Last few days of the year 2018 witnessed protests by Researchers on a massive scale all across India with demands of Hike in Fellowship & timely reimbursements of fellowships. Looks like this large-scale agitation by the research community has lead to some ray of hope. As per several media reports across the web, the govt has agreed to raise the research fellowship in 2019. As per TOI reports the entry Fellowship for researchers can be hiked up to Rs 40,000/- for the first time by the onset of the new year.
In an announcement made by the Human resource development minister, Prakash Javadekar, there will be a hike in fellowship soon and the hike will be comparatively more than the last time. In a tweet, the minister stated that “The payment of scholarship amount to students by @ugc_india, @AICTE_INDIA & @HRDMinistry have been streamlined & from last month i.e 1st Nov we have started crediting scholarship amount directly to student account by 30th of each month.”
As per Javadekar, upon receiving complaints regarding the delay in fellowship credit, the Govt immediately streamlined a special grant of Rs 250 crore and since Nov 1st fellowships are being credited directly to the student account by 30th of every month. He further added that upon combining UGC, AICTE & HRDG, per year around Rs 4000 crore worth of fellowship is given to approx 2.44 Lakh students in total, which was further doubled in 2014. He also discussed about various scholarship scheme launched by the government to uplift research.
The payment of scholarship amount to students by @ugc_india, @AICTE_INDIA & @HRDMinistry have been streamlined & from last month i.e 1st Nov we have started crediting scholarship amount directly to student account by 30th of each month. pic.twitter.com/E85fQMklY7
— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) December 26, 2018
Earlier on 21st December 2018 Researchers from various renowned universities including IIT’s, IISC, IISER, NCL, BHU, NIT, Presidency University, University of Hyderabad, Punjab University and many more were on the roads protesting for their right for a hike in fellowship. As per reports few student representatives from IISc, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, JNU, Delhi University, AIIMS, and few other research institutes met Prakash Javadekar on 26th Dec 2018 and have put forth a list of requests on behalf of the entire research community. Apart from fellowship hike, the researchers are seeking Regular and timely disbursal of the stipend & periodic increment in the fellowship. A demand for Grievance Redress and Monitoring System has also been presented wherein the research scholars can communicate with the govt regarding the issues they face.
Though no direct statements were made by the minister, sources say that they are positive that the govt will approve the hike in fellowship. A special cabinet has been formed under HRDG that is currently evaluating the fellowship structure. Will the fellowship be hiked? Will the new year 2019 bring a ray of hope for the research scholars? Well, Time is the best judge. An official announcement regarding the same by the govt is eagerly awaited by the research community.