DST INSPIRE fellowship effective date rule should be applied from8th advertisement&onwards

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DST INSPIRE (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research) is a prestigious fellowship with an aim to enhance, strengthen and expand the research for doctoral studies in field of science and engineering by Department of Science and Technology. The fellowship is eligible to the 1st Rank holders at University level examination of overall full-time post graduate students or INSPIRE Scholars having secured minimum 65% marks aggregate in MSc or equivalent course. The selection of candidates is done through a 2-tier screening process i.e. provisional and final selection. The candidates selected provisionally has to submit their admission letter, research proposal, supervisor CV, fees receipt etc. within one month of gaining their admission in PhD. The final offer letter is given by Expert Committee after scrutinizing the above mentioned documents and securing minimum marks of 60 out of 100. However, for the 8th advertisement candidates, the final selection process has taken 3 MONTHS to 10 MONTHS time in issuing the final offer. DST INSPIRE considers an effective date of fellowship as date of issuing the final offer letter which means the research scholars are not paid any fellowship during the period between the date of joining an institute and the date of getting the final offer letter. This unusual rule is changed from 9th advertisement and onwards (http://www.inspire-dst.gov.in/Fellowship_guidelines.pdf) where the effective date of fellowship would be the date of uploading their documents related to confirmed PhD admission or date of PhD admission whichever is later. So from 9th advertisement and onwards, the fellowship will still not be paid for minimum one month. Other fellowships such as MHRD, CSIR, UGC, DietY , etc. are giving fellowships from the date of joining the institute whereas only DST INSPIRE has this unusual rule. DST INSPIRE should also provide fellowship from the date of joining the institute if the candidate is selected in final selection process.

As the processing of 8th advertisement is still not complete, we need this change of effective date rule to apply from 8th advertisement and onwards and change this absurd rule. Research scholars are facing huge economic crisis during this phase. Please make this change from 8th advertisement and onwards.

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