In order to create Delhi University (DU) a better space for research scholars. A delegation of research scholars met the Registrar of DU, Prof. Tarun Kumar Das. The step was taken after the signature campaign by Researchers Action Committee (RAC)-DU in support of the resolutions cum demand charters of 29 departments of DU having more than 1,500 signatures of MPhil and Ph.D. #ResearchScholars of University of Delhi.
One of the first issues to be discussed was the important issue of representation for research scholars of DU by extending the right to franchise in Delhi University Students’ Union (#DUSU) to MPhil and Ph.D. research scholars, pointing out provisions for such measures in Lyngdoh Committee Recommendations.
Apart from this, the delegation also raised the
the poor condition of the University Science Instrument Centre (USIC). The delegation informed the Registrar that most of the costly instruments at the center lack an operator. In several cases, the salaries of the operators have not been paid for more than three months. The registrar assured to look into this matter urgently as it is hampering the research of researchers in the sciences.
The delegation also raised the ill-equipped nature of libraries at the university and the lack of updated journal subscriptions. They asked the Registrar to club the existing infrastructure of libraries at Delhi University so scholars can issue books from different libraries with a single membership, to which the Registrar responded affirmatively.
The delegation also requested the registrar to raise the issue of revising the amount of Non-NET scholarship for MPhil and Ph.D. Scholars at par with other UGC scholarships.
The delegation also discussed with the Registrar to conduct the admission process of MPhil and Ph.D. scholars in a time-bound manner as the University doesn’t have a deadline to complete the process and it varies from department to department.
The delegation also suggested that there should be comprehensive guidelines for updating the Adhoc Panel List, and also that Adhoc Panels should be regularly updated in the beginning of every semester.
The Registrar assured the delegation that he will discuss the matter with all relevant University stakeholders immediately and organise a round-table meeting of research scholars’ representatives with relevant university stakeholders in his presence.
Abhishek Verma II (Ph.D. Chemistry), Shabd Prakash (Ph.D. Buddhist Studies), Vikash Ranjan Singh (Ph.D. East-Asian Studies), Ragini Kapoor (Ph.D. MIL), Rohan Chauhan (Ph.D. MIL) and Anupama Bharadwaj (MPhil Sociology) were part of the research scholars delegation.
- Mritunjay Sharma finished his B.Sc (H) from Kirori Mal College, Delhi University in Chemistry. After that he went to England to study Masters in Polymer Material Science and Engineering from University of Manchester and consequently finished his PhD in Nuclear and Materials Chemistry from University of Manchester
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