A day after HRD Minister Smriti Irani announced that UGC’s non-NET fellowship will not be discontinued and her ministry constituted a review committee to look into the issue, students on Monday continued their protest demanding that the amount for the grant be increased.
HT had first reported about UGC’s decision to do away with non-NET fellowships on October 20.
But students said it was just an attempt to divert the attention of the students who have been up in arms against the government. “We will not accept any merit or economic criterion as they will clearly exclude students and reduce the scope of the scholarship when the need of the hour is to extend the scholarship to researchers in all public-funded universities across the country. We also want that the fellowship amount is increased,” said Sucheta De, one of the protestors.