I have the following concerns as a PhD scholar:
1. Covid19 caused delay in research and progress by the PhD fellows of the final year.Whether we will get 6 month extension with fellowship or not?As we are financially and mentally exhausted.
2.Due to current situation, who all are completing their doctoral now or from March to this pandemic ends, the chances of getting job is very difficult.
3.after completing PhD,most of us keep our eyes to foreign universities.this year it will not happen. So, whether the post doc positions should increase for this year while looking into situations
4.as an women researcher, whether we should not get some more relaxation,because we have to deal with various challenges
I think government should keep these points and take immediate actions.
Long term goal: Promoting inter-disciplinary research particularly in biomedical/neuroscience research
Short term goal: One of the major areas of improvement would be the expansion of government facilitated collaborations with the medical schools/research centers with technology institutes such as IITs. Fellowship programs involving inter-institutional research could also be promoted.
#STIP2020withYoungScholars : Respected Sir/Madam
There are mainly five-steps or level in carrying out the research :
1. Research scholar
3. Facilities for carrying out research
4. University/institute rule mainly for Finance section
5. Funding agency and their guideline: no call receive
There is no any bridge to exchange dialogues between all five.
He is bound to do research work, clear the csir/ ugc net, gate etc for fellowship. He/she is not supposed to run after the fellowship. You can understand how much it is disturbing to come from the remote area to Delhi to track his/her fellowship. Also, research scholar do not joins research for making Utilisation certificate, etc, these things are supposedly to be done by the finance section of the university. I do not find this kind of thing in IIT, here fellowship and contingent are timely transferred into student account, even the fund from the funding agency has released or not.
The guide is supposed to discuss the student about his interest, his work and try to facilitate them with different project. Many guides exploit their PhD student and delay their PhD degree for different reason. They treat scholars as school going student. We all must understand that doing research and doing PhD are different things. Research is endless while PhD has a definite timeline. What is the use of that research which ultimately does not turns into PhD degree, and not make eligible to apply for the different vacancy?
Facilities for carrying out research:
basic instrument facilities are not available, technical staff makes delays and they think they are VC themselves. PhD students are not allowed to touch the instrument. Professors are given in charge of instruments. Most of the time I found the lack of provision of purchasing the AMC of the instrument. Also, many times professor do not allow or do not repair the instrument so that the others research scholar could suffer. Their rivalry makes ultimately makes suffering to PhD scholars only.
University/institute rule mainly for Finance section:
These finances departments are main villain to make student suffer. They are not even afraid of VC. They ask student to do all the paperwork regarding their fellowships. Research scholars have to run table to table, from their lab to finance, from finance to csir, ugc , UGC to fellowship releasing bank, then inform all thing back to finance section of the university. And what they reply back is that we did not get any notice regarding this so we cannot do what you have informed. They keep on working with older guidelines.
Currently DU has passed a guideline to purchase thing through online portal of gems for claiming contingent. There are many things which are not covered in the portal. For example if you have to carry a field work, you will not purchase the ticket, field shoes, and many other things. When funding agency has not any problem then why the university has problem in releasing the contingent.
30-40% of the university scholar time gets wasted doe to the finance department. Not only research scholar, professors also suffer from the finance department.
The course work should be homogenous in all institution, and there must be a choice for the student to what they choose as per their research interest.
Old rules must be scraped out. Such as five copies of thesis, 4 in hardbound 2 in softbound..etc. everyone likes to read in soft copies. Most importantly, phd thesis must be immediately sent to the external reviewer, and PhD viva must be done within 6-7 months.
Funding agency and their guideline:
Not always but sometimes, these departments are also the reason. Their guideline does not match with the institution rule ( NIO takes csir funding, not ugc funding) or are not clearly explained to working staff such as assistant registrar, finance officers. Leave other details, they do not have working phone number, and if they have one, they do not receive. Think of a person from the Tamil Nadu, Manipur has to come to Delhi to ask something which can be done over the phone call.
1. There should be online portal (Google form/ for lodging complain), where there should be the option to mention university name department name, hod name, guide and dean of science and vc name, finance officer, registrar, name and any other name related to the complaint.
There should be provision to send it secretly (from the institute/university) providing all relevant documentation such as application submitted, action taken or not taken, how much time has elapsed. Etc.
2. Regarding fellowship hike, I will not ask for this. Instead, I would like to insist on the contingent should be a handsome amount in which they can perform some necessary lab tests, fieldwork etc. There should not be foundation on how they should use. Previously research scholar of Geology (@University of Delhi) for fieldwork we are allowed to spend about Rs 800 for the stay, but for food you have to manage in Rs. 200, how in an adverse field condition, food could be done in Rs 200. Currently, a new joint registrar joined university, and he has stopped this allowance also as if he has to pay from his pocket. What the researchers will do from the small and restricted policy for contingent?.
3. Communication gap, Phone should be working in your offices.
For the post doc research fellows
it is very less opportunity for PDF. Previously in NPDF we had two chance in a year to apply and had more seats. The time period from 3 years has been reduced to 2 years. Currently we get single chance to apply for npdf. Other PDF schemes are also reducing day by day.
Any research carrying out in 2 years and single handedly is vey rare to complete, specially when research variable are high. I request you to kindly make the time increased to 3 years and continue strictly 2 chances in year. In addition to this the research fellowship for NPDF should be tax free and there should be facility fo Health insurance and other necessary things.
Sir, as for the inspire faculty award a 60% in 12th is necessary. It is difficult to obtain 60% in state government. and why to stop a scholar from applying in inspire faculty on the basis of 12th marks.
Major Policy Decisions Needed in DST-Inspire Faculty Program:
1. The Inspire Faculty is just considered as PDF experience. The Inspire Faculty tenure should be considered as a grade pay experience. As most of us in India finish their Ph.D. by 30 years or more and by the end of Inspire they cross 35. Thus, they are not eligible even to apply for a Asst. Prof. position. In addition, as most of them are not even get a Ph.D. supervision they may not be eligible for Associate Prof. Position.
2.Regarding HRA, As DST has removed IIT Asst. Prof. equivalence as per new guidelines, Institutes are not clear how much HRA they should deduct from our salary. HRA is generally deducted at the basic pay. But it is not clear what is our basic pay now as DST doesn’t provide any demarcation. Some institutes are deducting HRA on the consolidated amount.
3. As per DST Inspire faculties are to be governed by rules and regulations of the host Institute regarding leave and other administrative matters. Since there is no clarity from DST regarding this they just pass the ball in Institute’s court. The Institute has not clarity what rules they apply. So there should be clear cut guidelines from DST regarding this.
4. After spending 5 years in the Inspire Faculty tenure they are on roads as host Institutes are not absorbing such a talented pool of scientists. In addition, lack of recruitment in several institutes and now CORONA situation will adversely affect this. Some Inspires left their lucrative careers abroad and came to join Inspire faculty program and are jobless now. Some policy decision regarding absorption of Inspire faculties is the need of the hour.
1. Same and high cut off marks for the people coming from regional language background and English medium students. Like, DST-INSPIRE division allows bright people to get selected for Newton Bhabha fellowship, but disallow people for DST-INSPIRE faculty scheme to some people, who could not score 60% in their BSc! People coming from regional language background, take 1-2 years to get acclimatized to English medium. Isn’t it injustice to screen them out for not having 60% in their BSc, even if their subsequent achievements are high (during MSc and PhD)? Especially where some universities (like Calcutta University) are really very stringent regarding marks during BSc?
2. Not sure, whether SERB Overseas Postdoctoral fellowship (SERB-OPDF) is active now. If it is active, it should be modified because of current corona-situation and should be increased in number too. Joint collaborative projects must be encouraged now too, and the students should be allowed to officially start their fellowship in overseas institution, while staying in India, until situation improves. Official joining will help the fellows to avail the opportunity from the overseas institution like accessing their computational capacity, learning from them directly etc.
3. Time has come to understand, that, in India, we have plenty of resources, but we lack computational skill/analytical skill a lot. Reversing the brain-drain, new GAIN-BRAIN situation should be created. It’s true that CSIR has VAJRA scheme, but it is unlikely that someone having very bright profile (let’s say Venky) would like to join in that scheme to work under (I mean head of the institute) someone in an Indian institute, overcoming bureaucracy. It’s high time that, co-professorship is allowed to them with proper honour for longer time, where these bright minds can guide to the Indian students via online mode even sitting in his/her primary office in some other corners of the world. Bright minds, but loosing grant and hence office/job from foreign origin also can be given this opportunity. They can either join as faculty here in India or guide students via online mode majorly sitting in their home-country and visiting India few times a year.
4. Collaboration/tie-up within the IITs and other research institutes (let’s say, for analyzing big data) should be actively encouraged. Researchers can be allowed to get classes in the renowned Statistical/Computational Biology labs across the India (at least virtual classes!). IITs, ISI, CSIR/DBT/ICMR institutes can be directed to make such arrangements. Inter-fields communication in such way can help us to fulfill our dream of Genome India initiative, Big data initiative etc. Placing PhD/post doc students in foreign institutes having expertise in the respective fields for longer time (let’s say 1-2 year(s) instead of 2-4 months) can be helpful.
5. Senior PhD students or at least post doc students should be encouraged to write their own grants to acquire funds in their responsibility.
6. To give equal opportunity, 1-2 years extra time should be given to female applicants (upper age limit is 45 years currently for both males and females), having kid(s), for Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology.
There should be a system in all research organizations/academic institutions for evaluating teachers/science leaders/administrative heads by the students/researchers/scientists in a structured format.
Early career scientists should be given full opportunity to utilize their domain of expertise within the ambit of the organizations goals and targets. Otherwise all the resources spent on trainings and fellowships go waste.
There many engieers who perform extraodinarily in JAM but are denied admission into IITs and other Institutes for MSc physics/maths. These are passionate about pursuing the science and taking the research path. An engineer with AIR 55 was rejected by all the IITs this year, the rank could get a BSc grad any IIT of choice. We need to make the eligibility criteria liberal. Many people don’t choose engineering with passion, they take it when they are young and uninformed. They should be allowed to pursue their passion in science when they realise it. It’ll only benefit the country to have talented people like these passionately working towards research. So, kindly consider making engieers eligible for pursuing science courses.
I want to comment on the eligibility criteria for recruiting scientists, researchers in public organizations. Why often PhD scholars cannot fit within the eligibility criteria of public research organizations because of the interdisciplinary nature of their PhDs, masters and bachelors. However, often their research capabilities are of higher qualities and advanced as compared to the traditional courses included in the eligibility criteria.