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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: In a major decision, the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Saturday said that it will disburse the funds for research fellowship without insisting on monthly confirmation from their respective institutions for the eligible scholars.

Earlier research fellowships were disbursed on a quarterly basis but considering the financial needs of research scholars, the system of monthly payment was introduced.

In order to avoid delay in payments to the beneficiaries and disburse fellowships in a transparent manner, the payments are being released through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode.

The UGC in a statement confirmed that  November payments are being processed now and the pending fellowship amounts till October 2020 have been released.

“Keeping in view the COVID-19 pandemic, it was decided to generate the monthly payments even for those research scholars whose monthly confirmation of data could not be uploaded by their institutions on the Canara Bank Portal. Hence, since April 2020, payments are being generated without insisting on the requirements of monthly confirmations from institutions, for all eligible research scholars…,” read a UGC statement.

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