Include External Experts In Panel For Upgradation From JRF To SRF: UGC Tells Universities

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to include an external subject expert in the committee constituted for upgrading Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to Senior Research Fellowship (SRF). UGC has warned that proposals for upgradation will not be accepted without compliance with these guidelines.

The process of upgrading from JRF to SRF in “UGC Junior Research Fellowship in Science, Humanities and Social Sciences” allows research fellows to apply for upgrade to their department or university after completing two years of JRF. Applications will be assessed by a three-member committee, consisting of the Fellow’s supervisor, the head of the department, and an external subject matter expert. The approval of the UGC is not required for the upgrade process.

“On completion of the first two years of the award, the fellow may apply to the concerned Department/University for upgradation to SRF. For this, a three-member committee consisting of a supervisor, head of the department and an external subject expert will be constituted to evaluate the research work. The minutes of the constitution of the committee and the recommendation of the committee may be sent to the University Grants Commission for upgradation. Thereafter, the fellow will be upgraded and designated as SRF. The recommendation of the committee may be submitted to the UGC designated agency in the prescribed proforma. Approval from UGC is not mandatory for upgradation,” said UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain in the official notice.

“The Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are therefore requested to ensure inclusion of external experts in the committee constituted for upgradation from JRF to SRF. Any proposal for upgradation from JRF to SRF without complying with the above guidelines will not be considered,” reads the notice.

Students can read the official notice from the link given below:

UGC Public Notice regarding upgradation from Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) to Senior Research Fellowship (SRF)

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