Stop fooling the research scholars of the nation.

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I on behalf of all the research scholars of the nation want to bring to your kind notice that after about one long year of struggle by some of the brightest minds of the nation, the department of higher education, ministry of human resource development (MHRD), government of India released the official memorandum F No: 12-2/2019- U 1 dated 31st January 2019 regarding hike in research fellowship.

However the memorandum was nowhere in accordance with the demands of the researcher's community but still we were hopeful that the ministry will at least ensure its timely implementation uniformly across all the National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and other central funded institutions.

Now that hope has also vanished away as four months have already been passed since the release of the above mentioned memorandum and still it has not been implemented by most of the NITs and IITs. Whenever the Ph.D. students enrolled in these institutes are approaching their respective authorities ( Directors of the institutes), they are being told that this memorandum is not applicable for Ph.D. students while at the same time some of the NITs, IITs, IISERs and IIITs have already implemented the same memorandum for their Ph.D. students.

When these queries were asked through an RTI application filed in the MHRD, the ministry replies that the issue is still under consideration.( RTI request reg. no- DOHED/R/2019/51000, RTI appeal reg. no- DOHED/A/2019/60111)

In such a scenario, the research scholars of the nation are bound to develop a feeling as if they have been cheated by the MHRD or the ministry has tried to fool the researchers' community.

We request everyone to support our cause so that the ministry of HRD, Govt. of India ensures the implementation of the memorandum uniformly across all central funded institutions of the nation and whole research community gets benefited.