Protests Brew on the Campus

Published: 19th February 2015 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2015 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU:  It was a day marked by protests at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the campus.

Not content with the way fellowship hikes have been doled out by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the PhD students staged a hunger strike on Wednesday.

Elsewhere on the campus, students voiced their opinions against the recurring derogatory comments made by the minister and the representatives of his government targeting the science fraternity.

The protest by the research fellows came against the backdrop of the ministry’s notification regarding fellowship hikes.

Contrary to what was promised in October last year, the ministry has notified that a uniform hike would be offered to both junior and senior research fellows.

Secretary of academic affairs in the student council at IISc Pankaj Jain said, “Earlier, we were promised hikes for different levels. A junior researcher earning a stipend of Rs 16,000 per month and a senior earning Rs 18,000 would get Rs 25,000 and Rs 28,000 respectively.”

“But now they have made it uniform for both the juniors and the seniors, offering Rs 25,000 per month. Similarly, those armed with professional masters degree will get only Rs 28,000. This is unfair,” he added.

Stay up to date on all the latest Bengaluru news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp