The University Grants Commission (UGC) has significantly hiked fellowships for SC/ST students for postdoctoral research. As per the new norms, research scholars of SC/ST categories will now receive Rs. 25,000 per month for the first two years and R30,000 per month from the third year onwards in the five-year period for which the fellowship is granted. Until now, the SC/ST scholars used to get Rs. 16,000 per month as fellowship.
To make the fellowship more attractive, the UGC has also increased the contingency amount granted every year to the fellows. Now the fellowship will fetch post-doc SC/ST researchers R50,000 every year in contingency grants instead of the earlier R30,000 per year. The UGC’s order in this regard has been sent by the commission’s joint secretary Dr CS Meena to the registrars of all universities, including the Allahabad University.
As per the order, physically disabled and blind candidates who used to receive R2,000 per month for hiring an escort or reader will continue to receive the same amount besides getting the HRA as per the university/institution rules where they are enrolled. The UGC has directed that candidates selected for the fellowship from the year 2010-11 onwards would be eligible for the new fellowship amount but would receive the increased money in fellowship and contingency grants only with effect from April 27, 2012. The candidates whose five-year fellowship tenure has ended before April 27, 2012, are not eligible for the revised amount. The order also specifies that candidates selected for the fellowship from the year 2010-11 onwards were not eligible for the money given as departmental assistance.
In his order, the UGC joint secretary has asked universities to direct all their affiliated colleges to ensure that the increased fellowship amount is timely provided to the postdoctoral SC/ST fellows.