PhD scholars from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have started a protest for a hike in research fellowship.
At least 1,000 PhD scholars from the Society of Young Scientists (SYS) at AIIMS have written to the ministry of science and technology, and the ministry of human resource development demanding 80 per cent hike in the current research fellowship.
Lal Chandra Vishwakarma, who is a PhD scholar and the president of the SYS, said, “The stipend for research fellowship was last revised w.e.f October 1, 2014 and there was a 56 per cent hike in the stipend. We demand 80 per cent hike in the stipend for every research scholar from various eminent universities like the AIIMS, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISER), National Institute of Pathology (NIOP), National Institute of Immunology (NII), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR) among others.
“We, the research scholars, work hard to contribute to take science to next level in India. We only get between Rs 25,000 and Rs 28,000 stipend, and the amount is very less,” added Vishwakarma.
Professor Ashutosh Sharma, secretary of Department of Science and Technology, told Mail Today, “We have noted the demands of the research scholars. A stipend hike is underway and the finance ministry is looking into the matter which is in its final stage.”