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CSIR-CFTRI research scholars hold silent protest demanding a hike in fellowship

Mysuru, January 29:-Research scholars from CSIR-CFTRI held a silent protest on Tuesday, demanding hike in fellowship in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office in the city.

After a protest march by the researchers from CFTRI main gate to DC office, a memorandum was handed over to DC to forward it to Government of India.

CFTRI scholars are demanding a hike in all fellowship to 80% from existing structure with effect from April 2018 to meet to the increasing minimum living cost. The scholars are demanding the promised revision of hike every four years in research fellowship made during the last hike in 2014 by the HRD Ministry. The latest increment was supposed to be on April 2018. Along with that, the scholars are also demanding an increase of non-NET fellowship tenure from 3+1 to 4+1 years.

A research fellow said, “Since 2014, a junior research fellow is being paid Rs 25,000 and a senior research fellow Rs 28,000 per month which is not enough for the sustenance” and added that due to inflation, the expenditure such as tuition fee, hostel and amenities charge, mess charge and logistics charges are increasing every year but not the stipend. They demanded an immediate hike to meet basic day-to-day expenditure.

The research scholars also demanded timely and regular disbursement and a centralised regulatory body for regular evaluation of fellowship to suggest periodic changes. After pursuing for nearly eight months and despite several meetings with Principal Scientific Advisor and the Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India, there is no solution in sight and demanded to settle the matter without further delay.

-NAV, MR

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