Doctoral students are demanding an extension of the research period in the middle of a pandemic
GUWAHATI: The Joint Research Council of India (JRCI) has requested an extension of the five-year research period for researchers last year in the IITs and NITs due to a Covid-19 pandemic by at least six months.

The council, led by IIT Guwahati research scientist Vikrant Singh, has prompted MHRD minister of the Union, Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” to take measures to extend the presentation of doctoral theses, which was planned from July to August. JRCI expressed hope that the MHRD will take immediate action to extend the duration to six months or one year, depending on the pandemic situation, and to help the community during this time.

“The Joint Research Council of India has taken into account the problems researchers in the country are facing during these blackout periods. We are working to alert the relevant authorities, ministers, MHRD and UGC to the problems that have arisen in this covid pandemic and how they affect mental health and strain our talents. We wrote a letter to the Minister of Personnel Development dealing with the problem of students who were supposed to do their PhD from July to August but were unable to complete their theses or complete relevant procedures due to barriers. ” said the president of JRCI Vikrant Singh, said.

GFSI – an association of Indian researchers – said in the Tuesday memorandum that it was fully committed to the government and “we appreciate the efforts made to fight Covid-19.”

However, since most researchers left their research equipment in the dormitories and laboratories, they said that it is almost impossible for scientists to work from home in this last phase.

“Unfortunately, we have lost these last months at this peak of research without progress. Previously, scientists in almost all IITs / NITs had received a 6-month extension of the fellowship. This time, many institutes have already declined to provide the extensions If we are freed from the scholarship, we basically lose a total of 1 year and count, which is a very miserable problem for a scholar, “said JRCI in the memorandum, warning that it will only be possible to withdraw the scholarship extension from the scholars lead to chaos in the coming generation of research that will indeed hinder the country’s true growth.


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