HRD Ministry Special Grant of Rs 250 crore – Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday informed that the ministry has approved a special Grant of Rs 250 crore to clear the backlog of scholarship and pending fellowship amounts. University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) have faced a number of complaints raised by students for scholarship backlogs and pending fellowships in recent months.
“There were repetitive complaints that the scholarships are not being disbursed timely by the UGC and the AICTE. We issued a special grant of Rs 250 crore and now the entire backlog has been cleared and from now on the recipients will timely get their fellowships credited,” HRD Minister Javadekar told reporters.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) offer various scholarships to students.
Javadekar also added that, “The government spends Rs 4,000 crore annually for scholarships to nearly 2.5 lakh students. Some of them are the JRF, merit-cum-means-scholarship, Jammu and Kashmir scholarship, GATE scholarship and Ishan Uday scholarship.”
The Jammu and Kashmir scholarships are given by the AICTE, and the Ishan Uday scholarship is meant for students from the north-eastern states. The pending scholarships also included the PG scholarship for single girls.
AS per the HRD Minister, the scholarship money will now be credited to the accounts of beneficiary students on the 30th of every month.
Meanwhile, a group of researchers met the HRD minister on Wednesday morning to raise the demand of increasing the scholarship amount for research scholars. HRD Minister Javadekar said that, the government was “positive” about the demand for a hike in the scholarship amounts of research scholars but gave no further timeline for the same.