A total of 220 students joined the fellowship awarded by Extra Mural Research (EMR) of HRDG (CSIR) in CSIR laboratories under the National S&T Human Resource Development Programme of CSIR during 2015-16.
During 2014, the Department of Science & Technology (DST) vide its OM No. SR/S9/Z-09/2012 dated 21st October 2014 enhanced the rate of stipend of research scholars which were implemented by CSIR. No additional budgetary allocation was provided to take care of the increase of fellowship amount. The number of fellowships under the Fellowship schemes (i) Senior Research Fellowship (SRF)-Direct and (ii) Research Associateship (RA) were curtailed from 749 in 2013-14 to 445 in 2014-15 and 291 in 2015-16.
The number of fellowships awarded through CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) by CSIR were 2532 in 2013-14, 2251 in 2014-15 and 2369 in 2015-16, respectively. CSIR awarded research fellows (JRF/SRF/RA) are free to join any institution (university/R&D institution) including CSIR laboratories.