Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday told the media that the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) have cleared the backlog of scholarships using a special grant of Rs 250 crore from the HRD ministry.
He said that because of the repeated complaints about scholarships not being disbursed on time by the UGC and the AICTE, the HRD ministry gave a special grant of Rs 250 crore to clear the pile-up of due scholarships. Javadekar also promised that the scholarships will now be credited on time and the recipients would not face such problems.
HRD Minister claimed that the government spends Rs 4,000 crore annually for scholarships. These scholarships go to nearly 2.5 lakh students. He added that some of the scholarships are the Junior Research Fellowship(JRF), Merit-cum-Means-scholarship, Jammu and Kashmir scholarship, GATE scholarship and Ishan Uday scholarship.
On Wednesday morning, a group of researchers met Javadekar to press for the demand of increasing the scholarship amount for the research scholars.
The minister, however, did not comment on any timeline or plan for fulfilling the demand; but he said that “We are positive about it”.