The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a statement stating that all the pending fellowships for the Junior Research Fellows (JRF) and Senior Research Fellows (SRF) will be reimbursed within a week. Rajnish Jain was asked to elaborate on why the fellowships were delayed for so long.
Citing technical issues, he said that the delay in reimbursing the fellowships was due to a change in the payment mode. The Government of India has revised how it will grant the money for funds and fellowships, etc. to the UGC, which will, in turn, reimburse the funds to the designated bank accounts.
Statement Issued in the wake of the LSR Student’s Suicide
A meritorious student of the Lady Sri Ram College or popularly known as LSR, University of Delhi, committed suicide due to the financial crisis she was going through. She was a recipient of the Ministry of Science and Technology’s INSPIRE scholarship. But due to the pandemic, she wasn’t receiving her scholarship, which was the primary source of her sustenance. The student, identified as Aishwarya Reddy, was pursuing B.Sc Hons. in Mathematics and was in the second year. Her fellow students came up with the brutal story of the “institutional murder” and demanded a probe into the matter.
What is JRF?
The Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) scheme of the University Grants Commission (UGC) is a fellowship provided to the candidates who qualify the National Eligibility Test-Junior Research Fellowship (NET-JRF) of the UGC and the UGC-Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (UGC-CSIR) joint test. The recipient of the JRF is credited with INR 31000/- per month for the research and development.