University of Pune revises Stipend for MPhil, PhD Fellowships

Students who have enrolled for the University of Pune’s ( UoP ) MPhil and PhD fellowship programmes from academic year 2012 – 13 onwards are set to receive a higher monthly stipend. The UoP has revised the stipend from Rupee 3,000 to Rupee 5,000 for MPhil and from Rupee 6,000 to Rupee 8,000 for PhD research fellows.

“The enhanced stipend is applicable only to those students who are pursuing their MPhil or PhD studies at the on-campus postgraduate departments of the university,” assistant registrar ( academic admissions ) U R Chavan told TOI. “The move is expected to benefit over 300 MPhil and PhD students from various departments,” he added.

The university’s department of academic admissions has posted a circular to this effect on its website and has also written to the heads of all on-campus postgraduate departments to ensure that they submit proposals for revised monthly stipends of eligible students by October 10.

Chavan said, “The funding of these fellowships will be under the University Grants Commission’s scheme of Universities with Potential for Excellence ( UPE ) under the 12th Plan, which started in 2012 and will end in March 2017.”

On June 2, 2012, the UGC had recommended a revised stipend under the UPE scheme for MPhil and PhD students who have not cleared the National Eligibility Test. The matter was since pending consideration with the UoP management council, which recently decided to make the upward revision in line with the UGC recommendation.

Chavan said, “So far, the university had extended the monthly stipend through its own funds. However, with the funds coming through the UPE scheme, it has become convenient to issue the new monthly stipend.” The fellowship stipend is, however, subject to a set of conditions which the university has explained in the circular.

The conditions include certification by the guide or head of department concerned related to 75% attendance every month by the eligible student, mandatory publication of at least one article in two years in a refereed journal by the PhD student, submission of progress report to the department head after every six months, an end-of-the-year review of research activity, non-acceptance of any other scholarship / fellowship, no full-time or part-time employment and no enrolment for any other course.

The circular further said the stipend will be extended for 18 months in case of MPhil students and four years in case of PhD students from the date of their enrolment / provisional admission or till the time of the submission of their thesis or any other time frame specified by the UGC, whichever is earlier. The revised stipend scheme, in any case, will remain effective till 31st March, 2017, the circular stated.

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