Researchers from Delhi Technological University stage a protest
Researchers at the Delhi Technological University (DTU) went on strike on Thursday with a list of demands that includes the withdrawal of a recent decision to pursue the doctorate. fellowships over three years conditional on publication in print.
At a meeting on May 18, the University’s Academic Council approved the introduction of the additional cause for the continuation of its doctoral scholarship beyond three years.
“It has been observed that many candidates do not work seriously during the initial period. that is, in the first and second year of admission because they are guaranteed to continue their scholarship for up to 4 years. They do not devote all their time and energy to research work… It is therefore proposed to add an additional clause in the rules of the doctoral scholarship according to which the continuation of the doctoral scholarship beyond 03 years and up to 04 years will be conditional subject to acceptance/publication of an article in an SCI/SCIE/SSCI indexed journal without any article processing fee with immediate effect”, read the agenda of the meeting at which this has been approved.
The university’s PRO did not respond to calls or messages seeking comment.
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Besides the withdrawal of the decision, another request is an increase in the scholarship allocation to align with the UGC/MHRD guidelines for doctoral scholarships. The university is currently offering Rs 32,500 per month to PhD candidates with a contingency grant of Rs 17,500 per year.
“…We also want Covid extensions because labs were inaccessible and research work had been hampered during the pandemic,” said a third-year researcher, who did not want to be named.