UGC wants to systematize NET fellowship scheme
University Grants Commission’s explanation for the withdrawal of fellowships to
students who have not cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) is that the
scheme, in the present form, is “not transparent” and “ without equity.”
In response to the Union Human Resource Development Ministry’s query why the
scheme was altered, the UGC on Friday defended its decision by pointing out that
it was attempting to “streamline” the disbursal of funds.
Amid growing protests from students and academics against the
decision that will see scholars not having cleared the NET lose out on Rs. 5,000
a month from next year, the UGC has told the Ministry that it wants to “expand”
the scope of the scheme.
“The UGC has informed the Ministry that it wants to expand
the scheme which is applicable now only at Central universities and, after
consultations with the States, introduce it at all State universities as well,”
said a source in the Ministry.
Courtesy: The Hindu