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Govt increases fellowship of Ph.D students of all programmes

An Empowered Inter-Ministerial Committee has been constituted to periodically examine all the fellowship matters

Wednesday January 30, 2019 8:16 PM, ummid.com News Network


New Delhi: With effect from January 1, 2019, Central Government has hiked the fellowship of Ph.D students and other research personnel enrolled in any area of science and technology, the concerned minsitry said in a statement.

The areas include Physical and Chemical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Life Sciences, Pharmacy etc.

"Ph.D scholars, working in science and technology, are the most significant contributors to the knowledge base of the country for its industrial competitiveness, academic vibrancy and technology led innovations. The hike in fellowship will directly benefit over 60,000 Research Fellows and also provide a template to the States to consider increase in their fellowship rates", the Ministry of Science & Technology said.

According to the ministry's statement, fellowship of the Junior Research Fellows (JRFs) in the first two years of Ph.D programme is increased from the current rate of Rs.25,000/- to Rs.31,000/- per month.

Similarly, in the remaining tenure of Ph.D, Senior Research Fellow will get Rs. 35,000/- per month instead of the present Rs.28,000/- per month.

"Further, there is a substantial 30-35% enhancement in the financial rewards for the scientists involved in the R&D projects as Research Associates", the ministry said.

"The top bracket of Research Associateship is fixed at Rs.54,000", it added.

"All the research fellows are also entitled to HRA as per Central Government norms. Government has ensured that this empowering mechanism is uniformly applicable across all the fellowship granting Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Academic and Government R&D Organizations of the country", the ministry said.

The Government has also recommended a set of strong financial and academic incentives to enhance and recognize the performance of our research fellows. "This will be a performance based addition to the fellowship", the ministry said.

An Empowered Inter-Ministerial Committee has been constituted to periodically examine all the fellowship matters that have a bearing on enhancing the value, quality and experience of doctoral research, including the quantum of fellowship.

"One of the recommendations is to involve Ph.D students in undergraduate teaching and managing research infrastructure during their doctoral research. This will not only widen their scope of training but also enhance their career prospects", the ministry said.

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