On Saturday, West Bengal CM, Mamta Banerjee writes to Union Minister of Human Resource and Development, Prakash Javadekar in which he urged the minister for the resumption of the non-NET fellowships. Non-NET fellowships were discontinued by the UGC for M.Phil and Ph.D. scholars.
Banarjee took the move as she was concerned for the varsity students after the termination of the fellowship scheme.
"During the course of my interactions with university students in administrative review meetings in the districts, they brought to my notice the great distress caused to them due to stoppage of non-National Eligibility Test Fellowship Scheme for M.Phil and Ph.D scholars by the University Grants Commission. Many researchers do not have money to pay even their hostel/mess fees/bills, and some even face the prospect of abandoning their dreams of pursuing research," she said in a Facebook post.
"Moreover, I am told, release of funds by the UGC under NET-Junior Research Fellowships is erratic or delayed at times, causing uncertainty and distress to the recipients," she said.
Congress supreme of Trinamool party said "Aspirations for higher education are rising. In the larger interest of research, and on behalf of the vast research scholar community in my state and other states, I have already written to the HRD Minister to re-start non-NET Fellowships for M.Phil and Ph.D. scholars".
Banarjee said that state government will allocate Rs. 20 crore from the Rs 200 crore funds from Swami Vivekananda Merit-cum-Means Scholarship for the research scholars.
"We are allocating Rs 20 crore to provide non-NET fellowship to research scholars admitted to M.Phil/Ph.D courses through a fair and transparent selection process," she added.