After a 12-year wait, the government has decided to grant a “handsome jump” in fellowship funds to those at the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) and Indian Council of Philosophical Research (ICPR).
This move will give a fillip to research in these subjects on quantitative as well as qualitative bases. ICSSR chairman S Thorat told HT that besides having a positive impact on the number of teachers, it would improve educational standards.
“The fellowship is now on a par with the Union Grants Commission (UGC). Because of the disparity in fellowship, there was a tremendous decline in applications for research. The revised structure of fellowship will attract researchers of high quality,” he said.
“The council will now be able to cast its net for scholars in a much wider way. We are confident that this will boost research in history. We appreciate the efforts of the human resource development (HRD) ministry towards resolving this problem, which had been hampering our functioning for 12 years,” said ICHR member-secretary Ishrat Alam.
“This would essentially eliminate the discrimination that was prevailing between organisations under the same ministry,” he added.
Besides hiking funds, the government has also increased the number of fellowships being handed out.Through this revision, which came into effect from June 1, 2012, all the three councils will have uniformity in funds granted to individual Fellows.