Fellowship hike for PhD research scholars
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JRF and SRF fellowships have not been increased for a long time. Last time it was increased 4 years back. It is now Rs. 25000 for Junior research fellows (JRF) and Rs. 28000 (SRF) for senior research fellows. Now time has come to increase this amount at least to 30000-35000 for JRF and 33000-40000 for SRF position in India. All IITs, IISERs, IISc have started to increase their semester fees. The students who live inside the campus do not get their HRA, rather PhD students have to pay tution fees, examination fees and hostel fees. In some IITs the combined hostel+academic fees have been increased up to Rs. 50000 per semester, which has become unbearable for the research scholars. In this situation, it is difficult to survive for those students who need to bear the expenses of their families with this current PhD fellowship amount.
Therefore we request the governing bodies (MHRD) to look into this grave matter seriously and take necessary measures as soon as possible.
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