Human Resource Development
Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR),
India, a premier national R&D organisation, is among the world's largest
publicly funded R&D organisation. CSIR's pioneering sustained contribution to
S&T human resource development is acclaimed nationally. Human Resource
Development Group (HRDG), a division of CSIR realises this objective through
various grants, fellowship schemes etc.
Human Resource Development Group has been contributing significantly towards
producing an inquiring society and fast growing knowledge economy. These
numerous schemes cover a wide range of scientists (aging from 15 years to 65
The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) conducts the
UGC-CSIR NET for other Science subjects, namely, Life Sciences, Physical
Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and Earth Atmospheric Ocean &
Planetary Sciences jointly with the UGC. The tests are conducted twice in a year
generally in the months of June and December. For candidates who desire to
pursue research, the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) is available for five
years subject to fulfillment of certain conditions. UGC has allocated a number
of fellowships to the universities for the candidates who qualify the test for
JRF. The JRFs are awarded to the meritorious candidates from among the
candidates qualifiying for eligibility for lectureship in the NET. JRFs are
available only to the candidates who opt for it in their application forms.
The test for Junior Research Fellowship is being conducted since 1984. The
Government of India, through its notification dated 22nd July, 1988 entrusted
the task of conducting the eligibility test for lectureship to UGC.
Consequently, UGC conducted the first National Eligibility Test, common to both
eligibility for Lectureship and Junior Research Fellowship in two parts, that
is, in December 1989 and in March , 1990.