UGC hikes basic fellowship amount, scholarships
In a bid to encourage research scholars, the University Grants Commission has hiked the basic fellowship amount and scholarships from Monday.

For Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) the revised amount would be Rs 25,000 per month from the earlier Rs 16,000 and in case of Senior Research Fellowship (SRF), scholars would now get Rs 28,000 per month from the earlier amount of Rs 18,000.

Earlier in the day, the Rajya Sabha was informed about the revision in grants by HRD Minister Smriti Irani. She said the hike in JRF and SRF in basic sciences will be on par with the similar fellowship amount disbursed by Department of Science and Technology.

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In case of Humanities and Social Sciences, the increase would be by about 55 per cent.

The Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Scholarships for research in social sciences will be raised from Rs 8000 to Rs 12,400 per month in the first two years and from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,500 per month in the third and fourth year.

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The PG scholarships for Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) qualified students will be raised from Rs 8000 to Rs 12,400 per month.

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