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Occupy UGC: Students Continue Protests Against Scraping Of Fellowship

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| October 23 , 2015 , 13:24 IST
Protests over scrapping of non-National Eligibility Test (NET) fellowship by UGC continued for the fourth day on Friday with the students from different academic institutions refusing to budge from outside the UGC office demanding resumption of the fellowship. Large number of students from JNU, DU, Jamia Millia, Ambedkar University and other institutions have been sitting on a dharna since Tuesday at the UGC demanding the authorities to restore the fellowships. "Our protest and 'Occupy UGC' demonstration will continue till our demands are met and the fellowships restored," said All India Students' Association (AISA) state secretary Ashutosh Kumar has said on Thursday. Congress' students outfit National Students' Union of India (NSUI) too has protested doing away of the fellowship. Condemning the move by the UGC, NSUI vice president Amrita Dhawan said, "it is another move of the Centre to commercialise and privatise education." On the first day of the protest on Tuesday, scores of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Delhi University had staged a demonstration against the UGC's move. The scheme of non-National Eligibility Test (NET) fellowship, which is provided to those undertaking research in central universities across India, was scrapped by UGC in its last meeting. Under the scheme, financial assistance was provided to to students undertaking MPhil and PhD they were provided Rs 5,000 and Rs 8,000 per month respectively. PhD students got assistance for four years and MPhil students for 18 months. They also got a contingency amount per year to help them carry out their research. Students periodically broke into songs as others carry bedding and food for the rest, procured from roadside vendors. New groups of students trooped into the premises at midnight, eliciting cheers from the now-weary protesters. The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) also condemned the scrapping of the crucial fellowship.