Imphal, July 17,
The North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) had submitted a memorandum to the Administrator (Vice Chancellor) of Manipur University demanding removal of irregularities in the disbursal of Non-NET fellowships to the research scholars enrolled at Manipur University. These fellowships were instituted to be granted to all the research scholars i.e. those enrolled in M.Phil and Ph.D courses at the Central Universities across the country however, the scholars of Manipur University were being denied the fellowship. The amount had not been released since 2017.
A statement said that the research scholars represented by North-East Forum for International Solidarity (NEFIS) had made a representation to the University Grants Commission (UGC) seeking an immediate intervention into the matter. It added that following the representation the UGC authorities had written to the MU authorities seeking a clarification in the matter. Consequent to it, the MU authorities had started disbursing the Non-NET fellowships to the research scholars vide Office Order/240 dated 12th June, 2019.
However, still many irregularities concerning the disbursal of the fellowship remain, the NEFIS statement added.
It said the scholars are only being given fellowship amount of 3 months, and it is not at all made clear by the university as to which particular months they have received their fellowships for. Further, some things still remain unclear as to when do the scholars start receiving their fellowships i.e. from the date of their admission as at all other Central Universities or after the completion of their coursework.
NEFIS, through the memorandum, had demanded that these irregularities should be immediately removed. It also terms the disbursal of Non-NET fellowships a victory of its struggle, since it was disbursed after NEFIS’s and others’ efforts. NEFIS would be taking up other issues of students of MU and intensifying its struggle in the coming days.