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Ph.D. students strike over fellowship grant

  31-Oct-2018  |   Post By: Ph.D.online


Scholars from prominent science and technology institutes like Indian Institute of science education and research Pune (IISER) and council of scientific and industrial research - national chemical laboratory (CSIR-NCL) were observed taking part in mass agitation, regarding the demand of hike in the fellowship grant.

The principal scientific advisor under the government of India, Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan on Wednesday said that “the department of science and technology is taking the matter seriously.”

With 1,000 Ph.D. scholars coming together to demand a hike in fellowship in the Delhi region only, several parts of the country recently saw a large demonstration.

The demonstration is against the government in a way to show agitation for the “ignorance” towards scholars with respect to their fellowship grant which has been not been revised for over four years.

Sachin Kumar Singh, a Ph.D. student from IISER Pune said, “After we sent out the letter to the DST post the protest, we received a positive response to hold a meeting on November 6. We are hopeful that this meeting will reap positive results in favor of the scholars. Also, Shekhar Mande, the director general of CSIR, showed his support to our cause via social media. We hope the matter to reach a substantial point after Diwali.”

The government officials tweeted “ IndiaDST (Department of Science and Technology) is working on this, it involves multiple steps with multiple agencies. Everyone is working together: ramping up the temperature neither helps nor hurts the process. Pl schedules a meeting with @IndiaDST who will be happy to explain steps.”

Source: The Internet