Finally, University Grants Commission or UGC released the notification, inviting applications for Maulana Azad National Fellowship. It was announced in 2017 and after 2 years, it will be granted. The Commission has increased the number of fellowships to 1,000 from 756.

According to the UGC, students belonging to minority community pursuing full time research programmes in higher education institutions may apply for these fellowships.

“The candidates who have qualified CBSE-UGC-NET/JRF/CSIR-NET/JRF held in December 2017 and June 2018 are eligible to apply,” said the UGC notification released on Monday.

Online applications can be submitted through the link- www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes/.

The last date for receipt of application is December 31, 2018.

The MANF scheme is open to candidates who belong to one of the minority community i.e. Muslim, Sikh, Parsi, Buddhist and Christian to pursue higher studies such as regular and full time research degrees in Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Engineering and Technology. 

The pathetic state of research in India is because of lack of funds. Good research requires environment and funds. Our nation doesn’t provide any. This is one of the main reason for Brain Drain. Read more about pathetic state of research here

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