Research stipends hiked
The government has hiked the stipends for basic science researchers --Junior Research Fellows, Senior Research Fellows and Research Associates. The Department of Science and Technology, the nodal department for deciding emoluments and service guidelines for research fellowships in basic science stream, has announced the hike. Junior research fellows who have qualified CSIR NET, GATE and other national level exams will receive Rs. 31,000 per month which is 24% more than the previous fellowship amount of Rs. 25,000. In the last revision, in 2014, the stipend for junior research fellowship was increased by 56%.
Research Associates (Ph.D. holders or those having 3 years of research experience) will receive stipend in the range of Rs. 47,000-Rs. 54,000 per month. The Senior Research Fellowship has been hiked to Rs. 35,000. In addition, all the research fellows are also entitled to HRA as per the central government rules. The government sources claimed that for the first time a set of strong financial and academic incentives to enhance and recognize the performance of research fellows have been recommended.