UGC fellowship goof-up hits SC/ST candidates
In what comes as a pointer to the callousness of the UGC, the Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) selection list shows at least 18 candidates whose names appear twice from same institutes and subject of research. Prasad Nichenametla reports.Updated: Jul 11, 2011 01:45 IST
In what comes as a pointer to the callousness of the UGC, the Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship (RGNF) selection list shows at least 18 candidates whose names appear twice from same institutes and subject of research.
With a specified number of fellowships, the erroneous list denies scholarship to at least 15 of the SCs and 3 of the STs deserving candidates.
Several more on the list of 2,000 for the SCs and 667 for the STs are those who are already receiving the scholarship. Another mismanagement in the UGC list put out in first week of May on its website is the selection of the SC students in slots reserved for STs.Awarded in the name of the late PM Rajiv Gandhi, the RGNF was initiated by the UPA government in 2005-06 to support higher studies for the socially disadvantaged sections.
Aspirants from JNU complained the list contains about 70 candidates who were selected in 2009-10 and are receiving the fellowship. Anil Kumar, who is pursuing MPhil from JNU is one such case. Kumar, who was selected for the RGNF last year under SC category, confirmed to HT, that his name appears on this list (slot 1706) even when he has not applied this year. Interestingly, Kumar’s name is not there on the 2009-10 list, when he actually applied. The revelations came as a shock for those who are denied the scholarship, despite meeting the criteria.
“It might be a goof-up or whatever, we want clarification from the UGC on the authenticity of the results,” Suman Bukke, an ST applicant from Sri Venkateshwara University at Tirupati said.
Meanwhile, UGC officials and ministry of social justice and empowerment said that they are not aware of the errors.