Yielding to long standing demands of research scholars, the Indian government announced a hike in the fellowships for young scientists working in government laboratories across the country.
The announcement came today, just a couple of days before the festival of lights Diwali and is being seen as a Diwali gift to the research community. India’s Minister of State for Science and Technology (Independent Charge) Jitendra Singh announced in a release that the ‘much awaited hike’ across the board will be at least 50% more than the existing levels and it will be effective from 1 October 2014.
The hike was affected after India’s finance ministry, after examining the recommendations of an inter-ministerial meeting for its budgetary implications, gave its nod. There will also be a regular evaluation of fellowship levels periodically. Here’s how the hike is looking like: More details were released in an official memorandum of the Department of Science and Technology.
Though some of the demands of the research scholars such as revision of fellowships from April 1, 2014 were not met, the protesting scholars were clearly jubilant with the announcement. The key facilitator in the whole discussion Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan, secretary to the Department of Science and Technology, was being profusely thanked for his contribution to the effort across social media platforms.
Here’s hoping good days are finally here for India’s research scholars.