The UGC has requested that Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) make sure that an external expert is included in the committee set up for the transition from JRF to SRF in its most recent public notice. 

There has been a significant announcement regarding the conversion of junior research fellowships (JRF) to senior research fellowships (SRF) from the University Grants Commission (UGC). 

The UGC has requested that Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) make sure that an external expert is included in the committee set up for the upgrade from JRF to SRF in its most recent public notice. 

Regarding the process of upgrading from JRF to SRF, the UGCC has additionally asked that reference be made to clause 14(ii) of the UGC Junior Research Fellowship in Sciences, Humanities, and Social Sciences. 

In its latest notice, UGC has highlighted, “On completion of first two years of the award, the fellow may apply to the department or university concerned for the upgradation of SRF.” 

To evaluate the research effort, a three-person committee will be formed, consisting of the supervisor, the department head, and an outside subject expert. According to UGC, the University Grants Commission may receive the minutes of the committee’s formation and its upgrade recommendations. 

“After that, the fellow will be upgraded and designated as an SRF. The committee’s recommendation for prescribed performance may be submitted to the UGC-designated agency. “The approval from UGC for up-gradation is not mandatory,” the UGC notice read.  

(Source: OTV News

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