Increase stipend of PhD students at reputed Indian institutes

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One of the most under rated jobs in India is getting a PhD.

Yes, I call it a job, because one has to work full time with utmost care and responsibility as a young researcher. A PhD is supposed to work under a Professor, towards the solution of a complex problem with all your time and energy, so that the outcome should benefit the society.

His friends had joined the industry after their graduation, and are earning in six digit per month, while he still struggles with a mere 25,000 INR per month. Some friends had gone abroad for higher education, where they are earning upto 8 times what he is earning.

Does he really deserve it? Should we really punish a person who wishes to carry out research for our society while staying in India? With some of the most prestigious institutes being situated in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, etc, is it wrong to say that he is very much under-paid? 

For being a global superpower, we need to have a strong technical and research base. But what we do have is a heavily under-paid research industry. As long as the stipend is kept unchanged, the best brains of the country will be lost either to corporate jobs, or to foreign institutions.

I request Ministry of Human Resource Development to revise the stipend being granted for students pursuing a PhD in reputed institutes across India, like the IIT's and IISc Bangalore.

The PhD is a degree which tests the endurance and perseverance of a candidate and his dedication towards the research. If their enthusiasm is fuelled with the increased stipend, the devotion towards the research will increase, as well as it will help retaining the best minds of the country.

Sign my petition if you feel that the stipend of PhD students should be increased to encourage them for better research.

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