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Modi Govt likely to announce fellowship hike within two days

Research scholars across the country struggling with financial constraints due to not getting the fellowship
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GR News Desk | New Delhi

Amid the escalating tension between the centre and the protesting research scholars over the delay in fellowship hike, a major announcement is likely to be made within a couple of days. The hike in fellowship is likely to be announced by Tuesday or Wednesday, said Prof K.VijayRaghavan, at IIT Delhi on Monday.

The Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India while interacting with the students at the IIT assured us that fellowship related all issues will be taken care of by a committee. “Fellowship will be announced by tomorrow or day after tomorrow,” Prof VijayRaghavan told students. The scholars who have been facing extreme situation due to delay in the revision of fellowship amount in the last four years had been rallying against the government.

“Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan came to IIT Delhi for a lecture on “Science for the people and the people for science”. We met him before the lecture. He assured us that everything has been completed related to fellowship hike and it will be announced tomorrow or day after tomorrow by authorities,” Vickey Nandal, National Representative of fellowship hike movement told Ground Report.

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The scholars have demanded fellowship of JRF, SRF and PhD be raised by 80 per cent according to the 20 per cent hike per year as was the norm in the past, the fellowship amount to be credited on time and formulation of guidelines under the Pay Commission for payment of fellowship. The government is yet to make an announcement on the demand whether they have been accepted or not.

Human Resources Minister Prakash Javedkar had assured that the fellowship amount of scholars across the country will increase soon but there has been no written answer to the scholars nor have been there any action that could be interpreted as government’s step to fulfil their promise.

The fellowship which is hiked every four years was supposed to be increased about six months ago. The delay is creating a sense of panic among the academics. The previous hike was introduced in December 2014 when the UGC increased the fellowship by 55 per cent following which JRF students who were getting Rs16,000 to now receives Rs 18,000 while senior research fellows get Rs 28,000. This amount is excluding the 20 per cent housing allowance.