April, 2011: This blog post began to discuss fellowship enhancement but discussed and continues to discuss various issues related to research and fellowships (mostly by Science students). Read all the details and leave a comment if you have any query; chances are someone will answer it as a number of research scholars are regularly following it). The fellowship enhancement actually is 16k and 18k and not as 18 k and 21k Rupees pm (read chronology below). The blog post continues to attract scholars who want to discuss various issues related to scholarship and research. JNU Research Scholar Amit Ranjan has been most active on this front; you can even find his mail id and phone no. in the comments section if you want to contact him (he also keeps an eye on the comments here).
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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has increased the Junior and Senior Research Fellowships (JRF/SRF) to 18000 and 21000 Rupees per month respectively and it will be applicable retrospectively from September 1, 2009. The YFE in JNU campus on 19 December, 2009 put up the following wall poster congratulating the student community: an RTI reply from the UGC [F. No.12-20/2009 RTI/(SA-1)] confirming the increase in fellowships.
The RTI reply from the concerned department in UGC is in Hindi language. It also answers some questions apart from the fellowship amount increase. The UGC had earlier indicated that the increase will be 16000 and 20000 Rupees per month. So this increase is a pleasant surprise to students. This increase does not relate to the CSIR, Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowships, DBT or ICMR but sooner or later it all fellowships should be at par. Here is a snapshot of the RTI reply captured from the YFE poster. Also see the update below (this is yet to be approved by the Finance Ministry).
Update: 22 Dec 2009
The following news piece in Hindi Hindustan (Delhi edition) says the increment is awaiting approval in the Finance Ministry and it has been three months. It also says that CSIR (and other bodies like the DST, ICMR) will increase the JRF/SRF amount to 18000 and 21000 Rupees once it is approved for the UGC. [Update: by Hindi Hindustan I mean the Hindustan dainik Hindi newspaper of the Hindustan Times group. I wrote Hindi Hindustan so that people do not confuse it with the Hindustan Times English paper. See the comments criticizing me here]
UPDATE 21 January 2010: Cabinet approves seat increase for JRF through CSIR NET.
“Increase in the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) through CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) by two fold over the Tenth Plan period. During the Tenth Five Year Plan a total of about 6000 young students benefited by availing CSIR-JRF through NET. In the Eleventh Plan CSIR proposes to increase the number by two fold. The total cost of providing fellowships for about 12000 students in the Eleventh Plan is estimated at Rs.444.34 crore.” Read the full report in this PIB release.
UPDATE 11 FEB 2010: UGC CHAIRMAN CONFIRMS IT IN A JNU PUBLIC MEETING
Here is some solid news for on this. Yesterday the law minister was in JNU Campus with JNU VC and UGC Chairman S.K. Thorat in a public meeting in SSS auditorium in JNU campus attended by about 500 students. Amit Ranjan, the YFE activist in JNU, publicly asked this question to the Mr. Thorat on whether or not the UGC is increasing the fellowship amount to 18000 and 21000 Rupees along with a copy of the UGC RTI reply published above. The UGC Chairman said the RTI reply is authentic and the increase will soon be implemented once the approval letter comes from the Finance Ministry. He also said that he will phone/update the JNU VC on 11 February 2010 about it. He even said that the UGC Non-NET Fellowships (of 3k, 5k Rupees for M.phil PhD students) may be increased to 5k and 8k Rupees respectively.
Please note that it is about UGC and not CSIR but needless to say sooner or later it will be implemented everywhere (as indicated the HT news item above). Also Amit Ranjan and others have filed scores of RTIs to various bodies on this; keep watching this space and blog for updates.
Update: UGC Replies to RTI queries ,11 Feb 2010.
See the snspshots below. UGC in the RTI replies has informed that the “fellowship increment announced is pending due to allocation of funds by the Ministry of HRD.” There are some other questions too but the UGC has not replied to them as you can see below.The UGC replies are in the column on the right hand side (blank meaning no reply).
Update: News in Hindustan (Hindi) published 16 February 2010
See the snapshot of the news item on JRF-SRF increase below. Madan Jaida of HT (the earlier HT news item above is also by him) writes that the JRF SRF fellowship increase is caught in the files due to non-allotment of funds in the MHRD.
DG, CSIR meets students
Update: 10 March 2010. Scroll down and see the comments below. You must read all the debates and discussion here in the comments.
See this 4 MB PDF file
Update: March 17, 2010: See the 4MB PDF files (scanned papers; mostly RTIs replies). Click here to view the google doc.
Update: DST revieses emoluments and guidelines
Click here to see the pdf (office memorandum dated 31 March 2010). Also see this Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) memorandum dated 30 April 2010 on JRF SRF enhancement.
Update: ICMR Notification 11 June 2010
Please see this ICMR JRF notification dated 11 June 2010 on the JRF/SRF fellowship increase.
Update: DAE notification
Please click here to see the DAE notification on fellowship revision dated 30 June 2010.
Update: DBT Notification
See the Department of Biotechnology notification on revision of emoluments to JRF, SRF and others dated 09.07.2010 which endorses the DST OM dated 31.03.2010.
Update: UGC fellowship increased pending with MHRD
See this RTI reply dated 8 July 2010 by UGC for more addressed to IIT student Malish.
Update: MHRD Notification dated 30 September 2010
Revision of rates of Ph.D Scholarship in AICTE funded and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. Click here to view the pdf.
Update: CSIR publishes memorandum revising fellowships and associateships (dated 26 November 2010)
Click here to see the notification.
Update: DOS (Dept. of Space) Notification dated 16 November 2010
Click here for the pdf copy of the notification (1.25 MB, scanned copy; courtesy Annirudhha).
Update: Amar Ujala news item dated mid-Januayr 2010 on UGC fellowship increase and notification received in Delhi University
Update: April 2011. See this UGC document for enhancement confirmation
Download this PDF document uploaded by the UGC and see pages 73 and onwards. It clearly states about the enhanced fellowships (160000 and 180000 Rupees JRF and SRF). It also says that Rajiv Gandhi Fellowships (RGNF) will be enhanced soon.
RGNF also increased wef 01 April 2010
The same increase has been effected in the Rajiv Gandhi National fellowship. Please click here to see the screen shot of announcement from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’s website or click here to go the site (if the link has not expired). (Thank you Vineeta Mohan for the update and link)
April 2011: UGC finally uploads OM on fellowship increase
Click here to see the pdf of the OM file dated 2010 (Dec?) that the UGC finally uploaded on its website in the notices section (sometime in late April 2011; how lazy they are!).
May 2011: CIC decision on seeking efficiency of CSIR fellowships
CIC has ruled in favour of a petition by Amit Ranjan who had sought, among other things, the data on efficiency of CSIR fellowships—”By efficiency, he means the percentage of fellows who ultimately get PhD Degrees etc. He also wishes to have their absolute numbers. This information is disclosable to the appellant. The CPIO may provide this information for last 07 years.” See this pdf for details.
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