No response from DST on hike in fellowship, research scholars demand action.

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In a letter to Srivari Chandrasekhar, director of science and technology (DST), All India Research Academic Associations (AIRSA) requested more fellowships, improved medical services, and better research infrastructure for the nation’s young scholars. However, they haven’t heard anything regarding the letter from August 29. In their letter, AIRSA outlined a number of demands that would enable young researchers to contribute to the growth and advancement of the country’s sciences. The establishment of appropriate infrastructure and policies for research in India, the modification of award amounts every four years, the regular and prompt disbursement of fellowship amounts, and medical facilities for research scholars were also requested.

The letter to DST claims that because research academics are the foundation of the nation’s scientific development, day-to-day inflation and steadily rising living expenses prevent them from concentrating on their studies. The DST hasn’t gotten back to them yet. Their letter was written immediately following a protracted demonstration against a fee increase by MTech students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, combined with a new demonstration at the IIT Delhi. Ajay Kumar Sood, the chief scientific advisor, Nirmala Sitharaman, the minister of finance, Dharmendra Pradhan, the minister of education, the University Grant Commission (UGC), the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the department of biotechnology, and Jitendra Singh, the state minister for the departments of space and atomic energy, all received copies of the letter.

Mayank Tewari

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