Scholars in Allahabad University to get fellowship for 4 years

The research scholars at the Allahabad University are now entitled to a monthly stipend of Rs 5000 only for a period of four years. The university made this decision in accordance to the rules laid down by the University Grants Commission. UGC had declared that those research scholars who do not come under Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and Senior Research Fellow (SRF) or from any other agency, would be given a monthly fellowship of Rs 5000, for a period of five years. After some amendments UGC stated that the said money would be paid only for three years, with a one year extension only in select cases. The university immediately stopped the payment of all the benefited research scholars who had completed four years of research. The date of stopping the fellowship was set on July 28, 2010. The decision was opposed by some teachers and research scholars. They said the circular was meant for the research scholars who would be enrolled after July 28, 2010 and not for those enrolled prior to that date. A committee comprising of four deans was set up to look into the issue. The committee suggested that AU should consult BHU on how it was implementing the UGC circular. It was learnt that BHU was paying the monthly fellowship only for a period of four years, even before the UGC circular came. After reviewing the situation, it was decided in a recent meeting that stipend will be paid only for four years irrespective of date of enrolment.

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