In a bid to reform higher education sector the Ministry of Human Resource Development has decided to establish a Review Committee to go into the issues related to the research fellowships provided by the UGC, covering both NET and Non-NET fellowships. The Review Committee will submit its report to the Ministry within December 2015.
(Minister of Human Resource Development – Smriti Irani)
Issues to be reviewed by committee
- Feasibility of enhancing the number of NET fellowships which are merit based.
- Establishing a transparent system of transfer of fellowship amounts each month to the Non-NET fellows which is presently being done on a reimbursement basis, and without the Direct Benefit Transfer mandated by the Government.
- Bringing the benefits and opportunities of the Non-NET fellowship scheme to a larger number of Universities, including State Universities.
- Considering economic and other criteria for eligibility for non-NET fellowships.
- Recommending guidelines for the selection, coverage, award, and administration of the non-NET fellowships.
About NET Fellowship
For Research Fellowships, All India National Eligibility Test (NET), a competitive examination conducted twice a year by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
- Junior Research Fellows will receive, for the first two years Rs. 25,000 per month and 30% House Rent Allowance (HRA) as well as a contingency grant for each year. Senior Research Fellows will receive, for the next three years Rs. 28,000 per month, 30% HRA and a contingency grant for each year.
About Non- NET Fellowship
The Non-NET Fellowship Scheme was introduced by the UGC in 2006.
- It is presently limited only to 50 institutions including Central Universities and those with Potential for Excellence.
- Almost 35000 students are presently availing of these Fellowships.