7th Pay Commission latest news: Prime Narendra Modi-led NDA government has hiked the fellowship of Ph.D students and other research personnel who are researching in science and technology subjects. The researchers who are studying in Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical and Chemical Sciences, Pharmacy and Agricultural Sciences, etc, areas will get the benefit of the pay increase. This fellowship amount hike will be effective from January 1, 2019.
The increase in fellowship will benefit more than 60,000 research fellows. In the first two years of Ph.D programme, Junior Research Fellows will now get Rs 31,000, against an earlier amount of Rs 25,000. Senior Research Fellow will be now offered Rs 35,000 per month, against present pay of Rs.28,000.
Over and above the fellowship hike, the government has also given 30-35 percent increment in financial rewards for the scientists who are involved in research and development (R&D) projects as Research Associates. However, the top bracket of Research Associateship has been fixed at Rs.54,000. Research fellows are also entitled to HRA in accordance with the central government norms under 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC.
This development will also make states consider an increase in fellowship rates of researchers at universities run by these governments. The fellowships will be uniformly applicable across all the fellowship granting ministries, academic and government R&D organisations, departments, and agencies of the country, the government said. A set of financial and academic incentives has also been recommended to recognise the performance of research fellows. These financial and academic incentives will be a performance-linked.
The government has set up an Empowered Inter-Ministerial Committee to periodically examine the fellowship matters that have a bearing on enhancing the value, quality and experience of doctoral research, including the quantum of fellowship. The government is also considering a proposal to involve Ph.D students in undergraduate teaching and managing research infrastructure during their doctoral research. This will not only widen their scope of training but also enhance their career prospects, the statement said.
Harsh Vardhan, Union Science & Technology Minister, said that Ph.D scholars are the most significant contributors to the knowledge base of the country for its technology-led innovations, academic vibrancy, and industrial competitiveness. He said that improving the value of Ph.D research requires efforts which the government is making. Recently, in accordance with the 7th Pay Commission or 7th CPC recommendations, the government also announced increase in pay of pensioners and employees, including academic and non-academic staff, of central universities.