Hyderabad: The protests against scrapping of non-National Eligibility Test (NET) fellowships by the University Grants Commission were taken outside the university campus by students on Tuesday as they conducted protests at the UGC's south eastern regional office near Nampally.
Students from the University of Hyderabad, supported by some students from the other central universities in the city, Maulana Azad National Urdu University (Manuu) and the English and Foreign Languages University (Eflu), reached UGC’s regional office in the morning and conducted protests till afternoon.
They were demanding that the UGC revoke scrapping of the fellowships, increase the fellowship amount and distribute it without any criteria to all non-NET PhD students and also extend it to state universities.
The students also submitted a representation to joint secretary Dr K. Samrajyalakshmi detailing their demands. One of the students said, “We conducted protests only for a few hours this time but if the UGC continues to ignore the students’ demands we will enter the University Grants Commission office and also stop its functioning as a mark of protest. The fellowships are the economic backbone for many PhD scholars and should not be scrapped at any cost.”...