HRD expediates process of releasing fellowship to students

HRD Minister Smriti Irani had convened a meeting of UGC and AICTE officials and said the money will be transferred to the students within a week.ackdrop of outrage over the suicide by Rohith Vemula, the HRD Ministry has expedited the process of releasing fellowship to research scholars. According to the scholars, this is done to ensure that any delay does not lead to student unrest.
Officials said that UGC, in a bid to encourage research scholars a year ago, hiked the amount of fellowships, but many in the student community were unhappy because this increased amount was not reaching them.
 Last month, some students of the Institute of Chemical Technology had brought to the notice of HRD Minister Smriti Irani that inspite of their scholarship being increased, the amount received by them was much less.
 Following this, Irani had convened a meeting of UGC and AICTE officials and said the money will be transferred to the students within a week.
 Recently, UGC had also put a notice on its website informing students that all fellowships and scholarships will be released shortly. It also provided an e-mail address for the convenience of students who face any problem.
 Since the number of students who receive the fellowships is quite large, the ministry is keen that the funds are distributed among students as smoothly as possible, a senior official said.

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