Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan said during Question Hour that junior research fellows got an increase of 56.2 percent -- to Rs 25,000 per month from earlier Rs 16,000 with effect from October 1, 2014 and senior research fellow got a hike of 55.5 percent -- to Rs 28,000 from earlier Rs 18,000.
   
Vardhan said research associates-I will now get Rs 36,000 from earlier Rs 22,000 -- an increase of 63.6 percent, research associates-II will get Rs 38,000 from earlier Rs 23,000 -- an increase of 65.2 per cent and research associates-III will get Rs 40,000 from earlier Rs 24,000 – an increase of 66.7 percent.
   
There are 21,000 junior research fellows, 29,000 senior research fellows and 2,500 research associates who will be benefitted for the increase in fellowships.
   
"In addition to the fellowship amount, JRF, SRF and RA are entitled to house rent allowance, medical allowance, maternity leave and contingency grant. An inter-departmental mechanism has been put in place by the government to periodically review the fellowship amount," he said.
   
The Central government has spent Rs 189.7 crore while providing fellowship to research fellows and research associates till November 30, 2014 in the current fiscal, Rs 264.27 crore in 2013-14 and Rs 287.85 crore in 2012-13, he said.

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