IIT Delhi Students Say ‘Minimal Hike’ in Fellowships ‘Unjustified and Not Acceptable’

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Fellowship of the Junior Research Fellows (JRF) in the first two years of the PhD programme has been increased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 31,000 per month.

 IIT-Delhi research scholars criticised the government for hiking the fellowships of PhD students by “minimal amount” and said that they are “extremely disappointed” and feel betrayed by the authorities concerned.

They added that the mere increase in the fellowship is an insult to the research scholars’ community, PTI reported.

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In a move that will directly benefit over 60,000 researchers, the Centre on January 30 enhanced the fellowship of PhD students and other research personnel enrolled in any area of science and technology.

It hiked that fellowship of the Junior Research Fellows (JRF) in the first two years of the PhD programme from Rs 25,000 to Rs 31,000 per month. Similarly, in the remaining tenure of PhD, a Senior Research Fellow will now get Rs 35,000 per month, instead of the present Rs 28,000.

The hike has been implemented from January 1, 2019.

Demanding 80 per cent hike with a revision in HRA amount

However, the IIT-Delhi research scholars are not happy with the hike.  According to the scholars, they had asked for an 80 per cent hike along with a revision in HRA amount.

They lamented that not only the hike is offensively low but the HRA amount remains unchanged. The scholars demanded that the government must immediately revamp the Office Memorandum meeting the demand of research scholars.

An empowered committee, set up to enhance the fellowship of PhD students, will work out the incentives for research scholars in a month or two, the news agency said quoting a senior official.

The government had also announced that there is a substantial 30-35 per cent enhancement in the financial rewards for the scientists involved in the research and development (R&D) projects as research associates and the top bracket of research associateship is fixed at Rs 54,000.

In addition, all the research fellows are entitled to house rent allowance as per the central government norms.

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