Enhancement in Remuneration for ICHR Fellowship

Good news for those aspiring for a career in historical research. Very soon, you can expect a rewarding remuneration package for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) being offered by the (ICHR).

Faced with the dwindling number of applicants for JRF, the ICHR has decided to enhance the remunerations three – fold.

The ICHR is also initiating steps to amend the bylaws to encourage senior historians to apply for the Senior Academic Fellowship (SAF).

ICHR member secretary Ishrat Alam told that the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has approved, in principle, the proposal sent by the ICHR to revise its JRF remunerations on a par with similar fellowships offered by the University Grants Commission (UGC). Orders are likely to be issued in this regard soon, he said.

Though the ICHR is one of the most prestigious bodies having all the expertise and infrastructure, the number of applicants for JRF began dwindling.

At present, the remuneration is as low as Rupee5,000 a month which was fixed in 1988 – 89, where as UGC offers Rupee15,000 per month for a similar kind of fellowship.

The selection process in the ICHR is comparatively strict, which young researchers are wary of. The ICHR has been receiving applications from provincial universities but not from Central universities where the UGC fellowship is available.

The ICHR has been requesting the MHRD to revise the amount since 2006 and finally it has agreed, he said.

Seeking Amendment

Mr. Alam said a clause in the ICHR bylaws discourage the historians from applying for the SAF. The clause has it that the fellowship amount should not exceed the pension amount of the applicants.

But ever since the 6th Pay Commission recommendations were implemented, this clause has become a hurdle in awarding SAF, he said, and added that the ICHR has sent a proposal to the MHRD to amend this clause.

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