Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Centre to hike fellowships for research scholars

NEW DELHI: The government on Tuesday announced the highest-ever hike in fellowships for research scholars across the country. The hike, which will be effective October 1, will make fellowship amounts go up by at least 50%. More than 70,000 scholars will benefit from this hike.

According to the new guidelines, the junior research fellowship has been increased from 16,000 to 25,000. The senior research fellowship has increased from 18,000 to 28,000, research associate-1 from 22,000 to 36,000, research associate-2 from 23,000 to 38,000 and research associate-3 from 24,000 to 40,000.

Eminent scientist and Bharat Ratna Dr CN R Rao said, “I am delighted. I congratulate the minister for this.”

An open letter to authorities by the Research Scholars’ Forum of India had said that the stipend for research students in India was very low compared to other countries at the forefront in science and technology.

Over the past few months, nearly 20000 research scholars from across the country had staged silent demonstrations.

Source::: Hindustan Times, (Mumbai Edition), 22.10.2014, p.10,

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