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There is a provision for engaging research personnel in RESPOND projects. The
norms governing as per DOS orders, the qualification required for each category
and service conditions of the research personnel are given below:
Junior Research Fellow (JRF) / Senior Research Fellow (SRF)
Note: The performance of the Junior Research Fellows (JRF) shall be reviewed
on completion of the two years, by an appropriate Review Committee duly
constituted by the Head of the Institute. Based on the recommendations of
the review committee,and approval of Director of the Centre /Unit, Junior Research Fellow may be awarded the position of
Senior Research Fellow (SRF).
NET Examinations and Its Equivalent for Coverage under the OM.
Any National Level Examination conducted by the Central Government
departments/agencies for admission to PhD programme are considered equivalent to
NET. The following are the list of examination which can be equated to NET:
Research Associates (RA) / Research Scientists (RS):
Research Associates (RA): The fellowship for Research Associates may be
fixed as a consolidated amount at any of three pay levels given below
depending upon the qualification and experience.
Educational Qualification: Ph.D/MD/MS/MDS or
equivalent degree or having
years of research, teaching and design and development experience after
MVSc/M.Pharm/ME / MTech with atleast one research paper in Science Citation
Indexed (SCI) journal.
The fellowship for Research Scientists remains unaltered
Dearness Allowance: JRFs, SRFs and Research Associates
will not be entitled to this allowance. The Research Scientists will be eligible
to draw DA as per rates of Central Government as per rules of the local
institutions where they are working.
House Rent Allowance: House Rent Allowance will be allowed to
all research fellows viz.Junior Research Fellows (JRF), Senior Research Fellows
(SRF), Research Associates (RA) and Research Scientists (RS), if they are not
provided with hostel accommodation, as per rules of the institutions where they
are working. For this purpose, the fellowship amount for JRF/SRF / Research
Associates and Research Scientists will be taken as Basic Pay.
Medical Benefits: The JRF, SRF, Research Associates and
Research Scientists will be allowed medical benefits, as per rule of the
institution where they are working.
Leave and other service benefits: JRFs/SRFs are
eligible only for casual leave while Research Associates/Scientists are eligible
for leave as per rules of the Institutions. Maternity leave as per Govt. of
India instructions would be available to all female JRFs/SRFs/ RAs/RSs.
Participation of JRF/SRF/ RA/RS in any scientific event in
India or abroad will be treated as “on duty”. The travel entitlement for
JRF/SRF/RA/RS for participation in scientific events/ workshops In India will
continue to be the same as earlier i.e., IInd AC by rail.
Bonus & Leave Travel Concession: Not admissible to
Retirement Benefits: JRFs / SRFs / Research Associates
and Research Scientists will not be entitled to these benefits.However, Research
Scientists who are appointed for the duration of the project may be allowed to
be members of the New Pension Scheme (NPS) of the Institution.
Encouragement for pursuing higher studies: JRFs/SRFs may
be encouraged to register for higher studies and the tuition fees to undertake
these studies may be reimbursed from the contingency grant sanctioned under the
project grant, if required.
Benefits to Host Institutes: Overhead expenses of 20% of
the total project cost not exceeding Rs 3.00 lakhs may be permitted to the host
institutions for meeting their costs including infrastructural
Obligations of JRF/SRF/RA:
a) JRF/SRF/RA/RS shall be governed by the
disciplinary regulations of the host institute.
b) The JRF/ SRF/RA/RS must send a detailed
consolidated report of the research work done during the entire period of
Fellowship on completion of the tenure/ resignation at the earliest.
The periodic enhancement of Research fellowship: The
Research Fellows, Research Associates and Research Scientists are not entitled
for annual increment.
The revised emoluments will take effect from January 01, 2023
for all categories of JRS/SRF/ Research Associates.
Service conditions of other categories:
(i) DA & CCA: Scientific/Technical Manpower in projects are not entitled to
DA & CCA.
(ii) House Rent Allowance (HRA): HRA is allowed to all categories, except for
Project Investigator (PI)/Project Coordinators in Non-Governmental/Voluntary
Organizations (NGO/VO)/Project Manager as per Central Government norms
applicable in the city/location where they are working. The percentage required
for calculating HRA will be based on the remuneration.
(iii) Medical Benefits: The Scientific/Technical manpower will be entitled for
medical benefits as applicable in the implementing institution.
(iv) Leave and other entitlements: The Scientific/Technical manpower are entitled
to leave as per rules of the host institution. Maternity leave as per the Govt.
Of India instructions issued from time to time would b available to all
categories. The travel entitlement is as per Institute norms.
(v) Bonus, Gratuity & Leave Travel Concession: The Scientific/Technical
manpower will not be entitled to these allowances.