Objective of the scheme:
The scheme has been proposed keeping in view the social background of the candidates for the deprived section of the society who are lacking most of the facilities and to provide them opportunity to undertake advanced studies and research. The opportunity of this award is to provide fellowships in the form of financial assistance to students belonging to SC/ST to pursue higher studies leading to M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences and Engineering & Technology.
Target Person for scheme benefits:
Candidates who belong to SC/ST have passed the Post Graduate examination in concerned subject and who desire to pursue research without JRF of UGC-NET or UGC-CSIR NET.
- The candidate must belong to SC/ST and should have passed the Post Graduate examination. The selection will be made on the basis of merit of the candidates.
- The candidate must register for M.Phil. /Ph.D. at the first available opportunity but not later than within a period of two years from the receipt of award letter.
- This period is not extendable.
- However, the actual payment of fellowship will be made with effect from the date of approval of fellowship or date of joining whichever is later.
Nature of Assistance Available Under the Scheme:
The condition under which land of fellowship is initially depends for two years under the RGNF Scheme. Before expiry of this period, the work of the Fellow will be evaluated by a Committee of three members:
- Head of the Department
- one outside subject expert
These three is to be constituted by the concerned Department of the/University/Institution/College. If the research work is found satisfactory, his/her tenure will be extended further for a period of three years under the enhanced emoluments of the Rajiv Gandhi National Senior Research Fellowship (RGNSRF). The recommendation of the Committee shall be submitted to the UGC for up gradation to the level of RGNSRF. The work done and the time spent on scholarships or fellowships of any agency other than the UGC will not be taken into account while considering the proposals for enhancement in the value of fellowship. The fellowship may be withdrawn if the work is not considered satisfactory or the candidate fails in any of the examinations related to Ph.D. In case the work for the first two years is not found satisfactory, an additional year will be given to him/her for improvement. However, during this period he/she will be designated as Rajiv Gandhi National Junior Research Fellow. In such cases work will be evaluated again before third year of the tenure, and if improvement is found, the Fellow will get two more years under the RGNSRF.
Period of fellowship:
The total period of fellowship (RGNJRF and RGNSRF) is for five years, with no further provision of extension.
The candidate will eligible for financial assistance:
House Rent Allowance for students:
Eligible candidates will be provided Suitable single-seated hostel accommodation in the University/Institution/College. In case of non-availability, HRA as per rules of the university/ institution/ college will be paid to the Fellow subject to the submission of an HRA certificate through the Registrar/Director/Principal. Rajiv Gandhi National Junior Research Fellow provided with accommodation in a hostel recognized/maintained by the institutions may be reimbursed the hostel fee, excluding mess, electricity, water charges, etc. A certificate to this effect is to be furnished through the Registrar/Principal (Annexure-II). If the fellow makes his/her own arrangements of accommodation, he/she may be entitled to draw HRA as per categorization of the cities by the Government of India. The fellow will submit a certificate for the purpose to the UGC for claiming HRA through the Concerned University/Institution/College.
There will No separate/fixed medical assistance is provided. However, the Fellow may avail of the medical facilities available in the University/Institution/College.
Students Over 2,500 are still waiting for financial assistance promised under the Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowships (RGNF) scheme for scheduled caste and scheduled tribes, formulated and funded by ministry of social justice and empowerment and ministry of tribal affairs. The batch of 2016 are yet to get any money so far, they are alleging that despite repeated attempts to contact the University Grants Commission, which disburses the money, no one in the commission is ready to meet them. The social justice ministry officials however said that the fund has not being released as the UGC has not submitted the utilization certificate of the previous batch.
Candidates who belong to SC and ST:
Candidates who belong to SC and ST and wish to pursue higher studies such as regular and full time MPhil and PhD degrees in sciences, humanities, social sciences and engineering and technology RGNF is open.
Scheme such as a broadcasting schedule:
There are 2,000 slots for SC and 667 slots for ST candidates every year for all the subjects. In this scheme a candidate is eligible for over Rs 16,000 financial assistance per month.
"We have not got anything so far. And they have called for a fresh batch. We approached the UGC which is supposed to disburse the money, but we are being snubbed by officials there saying that they don't talk to students. The entire batch is waiting for the financial assistance till date," said Senthalir, who is pursuing her PhD in political science from Madras University.
Social justice ministry officials, however, said that UGC has not given utilization certificate of earlier disbursal for RGNF. Officials said UGC still has some funds left. On its part, UGC says since RGNF is a government scholarship, ministry should not break the continuity. As for not furnishing utilization certificate, commission sources say, process is being streamlined.