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Govt Reports 1,070 OBC Students Benefited from National Fellowship Scheme in 2022-23
The core objective of the National Fellowship Scheme for OBC students is to empower them educationally by providing fellowship (financial assistance) for higher education pursuits.

by Pragti Sharma / 20 Dec 2023 22:52 PM IST / 0 Comment(s) / 112

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Through a written statement, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Sushri Pratima Bhoumik shared the data that in the 2022-23 financial year, the Centre's National Fellowship Scheme for Other Backward Class (OBC) students saw a significant stride, benefiting 1070 individuals—the highest number of beneficiaries in the last five years.



The statistics presented in Rajya Sabha revealed a gradual increase in beneficiaries over the years: 324 students in 2018-19, 810 in 2019-20, 722 in 2020-21, and 831 in 2021-22.



The core objective of the National Fellowship Scheme for OBC students is to empower them educationally by providing fellowship (financial assistance) for higher education pursuits.



The scheme aims to offer 1000 Junior Research Fellowships annually to facilitate advanced studies and research leading to an MPhil/PhD degree. Eligibility is based on qualifying in either the National Eligibility Test – Junior Research Fellowship (NET-JRF) of UGC (for Humanities/Social Sciences) or the UGC-Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (UGC-CSIR) NET-JRF Joint Test (for Sciences)



Recent revisions, effective from January 1, 2023, have aligned the NF-OBC rates with UGC fellowships, elevating the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to Rs 37,000 per month for 2 years from its prior standing at Rs 31,000. Similarly, the Senior Research Fellowship (SRF) has been increased to Rs 42,000 per month for the remaining tenure, up from Rs 35,000.


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