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IIT Delhi Students Criticise Government For ‘Minimal Hike’ In Fellowships

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IIT-Delhi research scholars criticised the government for hiking the fellowships of PhD students by “minimal amount” and said it is unacceptable and a “betrayal” to them.

IIT-Delhi research scholars criticised the government for hiking the fellowships of PhD students by “minimal amount” and said it is unacceptable and a “betrayal” to them. The Centre on January 30 enhanced the fellowship of PhD students and other research personnel enrolled in any area of science and technology. It said the move will directly benefit over 60,000 researchers.

Fellowship of the Junior Research Fellows (JRF) in the first two years of the PhD programme has been increased from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 31,000 per month. Similarly, in the remaining tenure of Ph.D., a Senior Research Fellow will get Rs. 35,000 per month, instead of the present Rs. 28,000.

The IIT-Delhi research scholars said the negligence of the research interests in the country sends a clear message to the world about “the sorry state of affairs in the bureaucracy and lack of political will to improve research and education”. They demanded the government must immediately revamp the Office Memorandum meeting the demand of research scholars.

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The research scholars of IIT Delhi in unison would like to put on record that they are extremely disappointed and feel betrayed by the authorities concerned, they said.

The mere increase in the fellowship is an insult to the research scholars’ community, they added.

“Research scholars of IITD, along with researchers from every part of the country have been protesting for several months for the hike in research fellowships. After regular intimations to the ministries and agencies concerned, expressing our genuine demands, this hike is unjustified and not acceptable,” one of the scholars said.

According to the scholars, they had asked for an 80 percent hike along with revision in HRA amount. Not only the hike is offensively low but the HRA amount remains unchanged.

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The meagre hike has been implemented from January 1, 2019 with no arrears. An empowered committee, set up to enhance the fellowship of PhD students, will workout the incentives for research scholars in a month or two, a senior official had said.

The government had said there is a substantial 30-35 per cent enhancement in the financial rewards for the scientists involved in the research and development (R&D) projects as research associates and the top bracket of research associateship is fixed at Rs. 54,000.

All the research fellows are also entitled to house rent allowance as per the central government norms.

(Source -NDTV)

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Foundation Stone Laid For Central University Of Himachal Pradesh

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The Union Minister said the Centre has sanctioned several national institutions in the state – IIIT sanctioned for Una, IIT for Mandi, Cluster University sanctioned for Mandi district. In addition to these, several Central schools have also been sanctioned.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Thursday jointly laid the foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district. Mr Javadekar said the university would open new vistas of development in the area, besides providing quality higher education.

He said the Central government would provide all possible help to ensure that the university campus is completed soon.

The Union Minister said the Centre has sanctioned several national institutions in the state – IIIT sanctioned for Una, IIT for Mandi, Cluster University sanctioned for Mandi district. In addition to these, several Central schools have also been sanctioned.

He said the Union government was committed to provide digital boards in a phased manner in about nine lakh schools across the country.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said the Central University of Himachal Pradesh would have two campuses — Dehra and Dharamsala, both in Kangra district.

He said the first campus, to be spread over 750 hectares, would be at Jadrangal near Dharamsala. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

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Mr Thakur said about Rs. 1,300 crore would be spent on the construction of both these campuses that would be completed in three years.

He said the state was committed to provide quality education. For this, Rs.7,044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs. 7,600 crore has been made for the next fiscal.

(Source NDTV)

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Law Teachers Seek Permission To Practice In Courts

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Once the law teachers were permitted to take up the cases, it would be on a pro-bono basis and if a fee was charged, it would be shared between the university concerned and the law teacher in the ratio of 60:40, the release said.

The executive committee of a consortium of National Law Universities (NLUs) has decided to seek permission from the Bar Council of India to allow full-time faculty to practice law in courts. The decision, among others, was taken by the committee at a meeting here Wednesday, a press release from the Nalsar University of Law here said Thursday.

(NLUs) has decided to seek permission from the Bar Council of India to allow full-time faculty to practice law in courts. The decision, among others, was taken by the committee at a meeting here Wednesday, a press release from the Nalsar University of Law here said Thursday.

Also, the committee resolved that the issue would be taken up with the Bar Council of India seeking an amendment to its Rule 49 which prohibits full-time salaried employees from practicing in courts.

The committee said that not allowing law teachers to practice in the courts of law was ‘harming’ the legal system as law teachers are as important stakeholders in the system as lawyers and judges and can contribute meaningfully to the legal system, the press release said.

Besides, the committee said that as the country badly needs litigation lawyers and also needs to bridge the gap between law in books and law in action, it is necessary that the teachers should themselves go to the court along with the students.

Vice-chancellor of Nalsar varsity and president of the consortium of NLUs professor Faizan Mustafa said the executive committee resolved that in case law teachers are not permitted to practice, a non-practicing allowance of 25 percent at par with medical doctors should be paid, according to the release.

Once the law teachers were permitted to take up the cases, it would be on a pro-bono basis and if a fee was charged, it would be shared between the university concerned and the law teacher in the ratio of 60:40, the release said.

(Source NDTV)

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9 Lakh Classrooms To Have Digital Blackboards By 2022: Prakash Javadekar

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He said that the government will work towards providing all these classes with facilities for digital boards by 2022, starting from the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.

The Human Resource Development Ministry on Wednesday launched Operation Digital Blackboard, under which nine lakh classrooms in schools and colleges across the country will be equipped with digital facilities for teaching by 2022.

“Some 60-70 years back there was an ‘Operation Blackboard‘ because that was the need of the hour then. But the country has progressed over the years, and now we need an Operation Digital Blackboard,” Mr Javadekar said during the launch.

Last year, the ministry had formed a committee under Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala of IIT Madras to look into the need of digital blackboards in schools/colleges.

Emphasising the need for digital modes of education to improve the quality of education, Mr Javadekar said that the committee assessed a requirement for seven lakh digital blackboards in classes 9-12, and two lakh for classes in higher education institutions.

He said that the government will work towards providing all these classes with facilities for digital boards by 2022, starting from the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence.

(Source NDTV)

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