Research Fellowship Hike Updates – All India Research Scholars Association Meets with DST Secretary: Demands and Assurances for Research Fellowships
In a recent development, representatives of the All India Research Scholars Association (AIRSA) met with the Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Mr. S. R. Varic, along with other higher officials, including Mr. Akhilesh Gupta, to discuss several crucial issues concerning research fellowships. The meeting focused on addressing the concerns of aspiring researchers and current research fellows, emphasizing the need for an increase in fellowship amounts, timely disbursement of funds, measures to tackle harassment faced by PhD scholars, and the revision of non-NET fellowships. The DST expressed its commitment to consider these demands and provided assurance to the research community.
Increase in Fellowship and Effective Date:
During the meeting, the representatives of AIRSA advocated for a substantial increase in research fellowship amounts. They urged the DST to raise the fellowship by 60% from its current level. Recognizing the significance of this demand, the AIRSA proposed that the increase shouldcome into effect from 1st January 2023. By raising the fellowship amount, aspiring researchers and current research fellows would be able to better meet their financial needs and focus more on their research pursuits.
AIRSA representatives met with the DST secretary @srivaric and other higher officials @guptaakhilesh63 and made a number of demands, including an increase in fellowship by 60% with an effect from 1st January 2023, regular disbursement of fellowship, PhD… pic.twitter.com/QUsSTwW1k3
— All India Research Scholars Association (@AIRSAIndia) June 2, 2023
Regular Disbursement of Fellowship:
Another significant concern raised by the AIRSA was the irregular disbursement of research fellowship funds. It has been observed that the timely disbursal of fellowship amounts plays a vital role in ensuring a seamless research journey for scholars. Delays in receiving fellowship funds can lead to unnecessary financial strain and disrupt the progress of research work. The representatives emphasized the importance of establishing a system that guarantees the regular and timely disbursement of fellowship funds, enabling researchers to concentrate on their academic pursuits without worrying about financial uncertainties.
Addressing PhD Scholar Harassment:
The issue of harassment faced by PhD scholars was also highlighted during the meeting. The representatives from AIRSA emphasized the need for robust mechanisms and policies to tackle this pervasive problem. Harassment, whether psychological or related to power dynamics, can have a detrimental impact on the well-being and productivity of research scholars. The AIRSA called for the implementation of proactive measures to create a safe and conducive environment for research scholars, fostering their growth and development.
Revision of Non-NET Fellowships:
Additionally, the representatives of AIRSA raised concerns regarding the revision of non-National Eligibility Test (NET) fellowships. They emphasized the importance of reevaluating and updating the criteria and benefits associated with non-NET fellowships. These fellowships play a significant role in supporting scholars who have not qualified for the NET examination but possess commendable research potential. The AIRSA stressed the need to revise the existing policies to ensure equitable opportunities for all deserving candidates.
Assurances from DST:
In response to the demands put forth by AIRSA, the DST Secretary, Mr. S. R. Varic, and other higher officials, including Mr. Akhilesh Gupta, assured the representatives that their concerns would be taken into serious consideration. The DST expressed its commitment to addressing the issues raised and provided assurance that updates regarding the increase in fellowship amounts would be provided within three weeks. This assurance signifies the importance attached to the research community and their well-being, as well as the acknowledgment of their vital role in advancing scientific knowledge and innovation.
The recent meeting between representatives of the All India Research Scholars Association (AIRSA) and officials from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has shed light on the concerns of aspiring researchers and current research fellows. The demand for a 60% increase in fellowship amounts, regular disbursement of funds, measures to address PhD scholar harassment, and the revision of non-NET fellowships were emphasized during the meeting. The DST Secretary and other officials acknowledged these concerns.
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