New Rates of PhD Scholarship /Fellowship/ Assistantship in AICTE/ CFTI under MHRD

New Rates of PhD Scholarship, Government of India, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education has Revised of Ph.D. Scholarship/ Fellowship/ Assistantship Rates in AICTE or Centrally Funded Technical Institutes under MHRD.

MHRD has sent (F.No.17-2/2014-TS.I) a letter  to all the Concerned Officials(Chairman of AICTE and Directors of Centrally Funded Technical Institutes). Subject: Revision of rates of Ph.D. Scholarship in AICTE funded and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions under the Ministry of Human Resource Development

With reference to the letter No.25-2/2010-TS.II dated 30.09.2010 on the subject cited above, it has been decided to revise the Scholarship/Fellowship/Assistantship in AICTE approved and Centrally Funded Technical Institutions under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, as given below:-

The concerned Institution should review the performance of the Fellow after two years through an appropriate Review Committee constituted by the Head of the Institution. The fellowship in the slab after 2 years of research experience may be provided after successful assessment by the Review Committee. New Rates of PhD Scholarship

For Ph.D. Programmes (Junior Research Fellow (JRF)/Senior Research Fellow (SRF)

S.No Qualifying Degree Existing Emoluments(per month) Revised Emoluments (Per Month)
1Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (BE/B.Tech/M.Sc equivalent) with valid GATE Score above the prescribed cut off level/NET Qualification16,000/-(For Ist & 2nd Year); 18,000/-
(Up to 5th Year)
2Post Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (ME/ M.Tech. or eq[uivalent) with .two years of research18,000/-(For Ist and 2nd Year); 20,000/-(For 3rd & 4tb Year)28,000/-

For M.E./M Tech/MS/M Design

S.No Qualifying Degree Existing Emoluments(per month) Revised Emoluments (Per Month)
1M.E./M.Tech/MS/ M Design and GATE/ GPAT qualified8,000/- Both Ist & 2nd Year) and 5th Year of Dual Degree Programmes)12,400/-(Both Ist & 2nd Year) and 5th Year of Dual Degree Programmes)

Such revision in rates would also be applicable to other Government and Government Aided Institutions funded by AICTE and UGC. However, no salary grant or any other salary grant would be given to any of the Institutes for implementing the Scheme.

Sponsored and Self-Financed Category of students including those in receipt of any other similar assistantship/scholarship/fellowship would not be eligible for assistantship/scholarship/fellowship under the revised scheme. Further, the assistantship/scholarship/fellowship would be provided to the scholars on the basis of GATE scores above the prescribed cut-off level. B.Tech. Graduates from the IITs getting a CGPA score of 8 or above (on a scale of 10) would also be entitled to the assistantship without having to appear in GATE.

The stipend of research fellow/associate is exempted from the payment of income tax under Section 10(16) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Service Conditions:
DA and CCA: JRFs, SRFs, Research Associates and M.E./M.Tech/MS/M. Design will not be entitled to these allowances

House Rent Allowance (HRA): All research fellows and M.E./M.Tech/MS/M. The design may be provided hostel accommodation wherever available and those residing in accommodation provided by the Institute will not be eligible for drawing HRA. Wherever provision of hostel accommodation is not possible, HRA may be allowed to JRF, SRF as per Central Government norms applicable in the city/location where they are working. The fellowship amount may be taken as the basis for calculating the HRA.

Leave and other entitlement benefits: The JRFs, SRFs, and M.E./M.Tech/MS/M. Designs are eligible only for casual leave. The participation of any of these categories in any scientific event/workshop in India or abroad will be treated as “Duty”. The travel entitlement for JRF/SRF/ M.E. /M.Tech /MS /M. Design for participation in scientific events/workshops in India win continue to be the same as earlier, i.e. 2nd AC by rail. Maternity Leave as per Government of India instructions issued from time to time would be available to female candidates in all categories.

Bonus and Leave Travel Concessions: JRFs and SRFs and M.E./M.Tech/MS/M.Design will not be entitled to these allowances. New Rates of PhD Scholarship

Retirement Benefits: JRFs, SRFs, and M.E./M.Tech/MS/M. Design will not be entitled to these benefits.

Publication/Patent: The results of JRF/SRF/M.E./M.Tech/ MS/M.Design research work may be published in standard refereed journals at the discretion of the Fellow or his Guide. It should be ensured by the Fellow that the assistance provided by the funding agency of the Government of India is acknowledged in all such publications.

Encouragement for p higher degrees: Students selected as JRF/SRF may be encouraged to register for higher degrees and the tuition fees to undertake these studies may be reimbursed to the students from the contingency grant sanctioned under the project grant, if required.

Obligations of JRP/SRP:
(i) He/She shall be governed by the disciplinary regulations of the host Institute where he/she is working.
(ii) The JRF/SRF/M.E.|M.Tech/ MS/M.The design must send a detailed consolidated report of the research work done during the entire period of Fellowship on completion of the tenure/resignation of the Fellowship at the earliest.

Date of Effect: The revision in emoluments comes into effect from 01.02.2015 for all categories of JRF/SRF/M.E./M.Tech/ MS/M.Design.

The additional cost on account of this revision may be met by the individual Institutes from out of their existing budgetary grant without any additionality in the current financial year, 2014-15. During the next financial year, 2015-16, the expenditure on this account may be capped at the current year’s level and also within the given allocation, without any additionality.

This issues with the concurrence of the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance vide their ID Note No.33197/2015/E.III(A) dated 18.02.2015.

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