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Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Fellowship: Swami Vivekananda was one of the great social thinker and pioneer in social reforms in India. He was chief disciple of Saint Ramakrishna Paramhansa. Swami Vivekananda considered women to be incarnation of power and asked men to respect them in every way. Swamiji stressed upon the importance of women education and believed that the main reason behind various problems of women in our country was lack of proper education. He firmly believed that if women get proper education then they will solve their problems in their own ways. The main objective in his scheme of women education was to make them strong, fearless, and conscious of their dignity.
Keeping Swami Vivekananda’s ideas of women education and to achieve and promote girls education, UGC has introduced Swami Vivekananda Fellowship for Single Girl Child for research in Social Sciences with an aim to compensate direct costs of higher education especially for such girls who happen to be the only girl child in their family.
Objectives of Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Fellowship
The objectives of the Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Fellowship scheme are:
i. To support higher education of single girl child in Social Sciences.
ii. To recognize the value of observance of small family norm.
iii. To recognize the norm of single girl child in society.
iv. To propagate the concept of single girl child norm.
v. Promoting single girls in the society.
The girl students who are admitted in Ph. D. program in Social Sciences in Universities/Colleges/ Institutes and happen to be the only girl child in the family without having any brother or sister. The girl student who are twin daughters/fraternal daughter may also apply for fellowship under the aforesaid scheme.
Eligibility of Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Fellowship
(i) Any single girl child of her parents pursuing Ph.D. in Social Sciences in Universities/Colleges/ Institutes is eligible to apply under the scheme. In a family if one son and one daughter is available then girl child will not be considered for fellowship under the scheme. Proof of being single girl child has to be submitted on an affidavit ofRs.50/- Stamp paper from the fellow/parent duly attested by SDM/First Class Magistrate/Gazetted Officer (not below the rank of Tahsildar) as per the prescribed proforma (Annexure I) at the time of filling the online application.
(ii) The scheme is applicable to such a single girl child who has registered herself in regular, full- time Ph. D. program in Social Sciences in Indian Universities/Colleges/Institutes as indicated below:
- Universities/Colleges/Institutes included under section 2(f) and 12(b) of UGC Act,
- Deemed to be Universities under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956 which are eligible to receive grant in aid from
- Universities/Colleges/Institutes funded by Central/ State
- Institutes of National
(iii) Admission to Ph.D. Course in Distance education mode is not covered under the scheme.
(iv) Girl students up to the age of 40 years for general category and 45 years for the reserved categories i.e. SC/ST/OBC and PWD (Persons with Disabilities) as on the last date of submission of online application are eligible.
(v) Transgender candidates are eligible to apply under the scheme as per the norms.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India vide its letter D.O. No. 18- 7/2013-U1A dated 10th June, 2016 has instructed the University Grants Commission that from the financial year 2016-17 onwards the Aadhaar has been made mandatory for disbursement of all Government subsidies/Scholarships/Fellowships which are to be disbursed directly into the beneficiary’s account. Accordingly, Aadhaar will be used as an Identifier for release of grant under the scheme.
Nature of Assistance Available Under the Scheme
The number of slots for fellowship may be decided every year on the basis of eligible applications complete in all respects, received through online mode.
The tenure of the fellowship is for five years and will be effective from 1st April of the selection year or the actual date of joining under the fellowship in the University/College/Institute, whichever is later. Fellowship will be granted upto the date of submission of Ph.D. Thesis or 5 years of tenure whichever is earlier. No extension is permissible beyond the total period of five years, and the fellow ceases to be a UGC research fellow immediately after expiry of the due date.
Financial Assistance under Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Fellowship
The financial assistance available under the scheme is as follows:
|Fellowship||@ Rs. 25,000/- p.m. for Initial two years
@ Rs. 28,000/- p.m. for remaining tenure
|Contingency||@ Rs. 10,000/- p.a. for initial two years
@ Rs. 20,500/- p.a. for remaining tenure
|Escort Reader Assistance||Rs. 2,000/- p.m. in case of PWD candidates|
*The financial assistance is revised w.e.f. 01.12.2014
Note: At the end of tenure, the books, journals and equipment purchased out of the contingency grant will become the property of the department of the University.
(i) Suitable single-seated hostel accommodation may be provided to the candidates in the institutions. In such cases, the fellow is eligible to draw only hostel fees excluding mess, electricity, water charges, etc. A certificate to this effect is to be furnished through the Registrar/Director/Principal. HRA is not permissible for those candidates who are staying in Hostel accommodation.
(ii) In case of non-availability of hostel accommodation, the fellow may be provided with single accommodation by the host institution. In such cases, the rent paid by the fellow on actual basis may be reimbursed subject to the ceiling of HRA as per Govt. of India norms.
(iii) If the fellow makes her own arrangements of accommodation, she may be entitled to draw HRA as per categorization of cities by the Govt. of India.
Note: In all the above cases, the fellow will submit a relevant certificate (Annexure-VI) through the concerned University/College/Institute to the identified Agency for settling the claim.
No separate/fixed medical assistance is provided. However, the fellow may avail the medical facilities available in the Universities/Colleges/Institutes.
(i) Leave for maximum period of 30 days in a year in addition to public holiday may be taken by the candidate. However, they are not entitled to any other vacation, such as summer, winter and pooja vacations.
(ii) Maternity leave as per the Govt. of India norms issued from time to time would be available at full rates of the fellowship once during the tenure of their award.
(iii) Academic leave (without fellowship and other emoluments) shall be permissible only for one year throughout the tenure (for any kind of academic/teaching assignment/foreign visit in connection with research work). The period of leave without fellowship will be counted towards the tenure. Expenditure on foreign visit in connection to research work cannot be claimed from UGC.
Note: All kinds of leave should be approved at the level of the University/College/Institute.
Procedure for Applying for the Scheme
Applications are invited through online mode once in a year through advertisement in leading newspapers & employment news. Short notification is also uploaded in the UGC website i.e. www.ugc.ac.in.
Note: Candidates have to apply strictly as per the instructions given in the online portal. Incomplete application will not be considered.
(i) The fellowship will be awarded on the basis of recommendation of the Expert Committee constituted by the Commission. The decision of the Commission will be final. Result shall be published on UGC website. Award letters can be downloaded from UGC online application portal.
(ii) If the Fellow is availing any other fellowship/ project from any organization at the time of selection, she shall be required to surrender one award.
(iii) The Commission reserves the right to withdraw/cancel the award without assigning any reason.
Joining of Fellowship
The candidate should join the fellowship within 3 months from the date of issue of Award letter, failing which the award will be treated as cancelled.
Procedure for Release of Grant
The fellowship amount shall be disbursed through UGC designated bank into the bank account of the awardee directly. The list of designated branches of UGC identified bank is available on the UGC portal.
The awardee is required to approach the designated branch along with a copy of the Award Letter and Joining Report with photograph, address and contact number in the prescribed proforma as per Annexure-II. The awardee is also required to submit the following documents to the designated branch of the UGC designated bank at the stipulated period interval.
(i) At the end of every three months a ‘Continuation Certificate’ in the prescribed proforma as per Annexure-III. This will make the fellow eligible to draw the fellowship for the next three months.
(ii) After completion of one year of the award, the concerned fellow shall submit the Progress Report in the proforma prescribed by the UGC as given in Annexure-IV.
(iii) The fellow shall also submit accounts of contingency grants in the proforma prescribed by the UGC as given in Annexure-V.
(iv) The fellow shall submit the HRA Certificate in the prescribed proforma Annexure-VI.
Note: The approved Agency may verify the genuineness of records before disbursal of funds.
Procedure for Monitoring the Progress
On the progress of research work, the research fellow shall submit yearly progress report duly signed by Guide and forwarded by HOD and Registrar/Principal/Director of the concerned institution to the identified agency.
Three Member Assessment Committee Report
After 2 years, progress report of the research work done by the fellow may be examined by Three Member Assessment committee constituted by the university/college/institute and recommendations/ comments of the committee (Annexure-VII) may be sent to the identified agency.
In case the progress of the work is found unsatisfactory, the award may be terminated by the Commission at any time during the tenure of the award. The decision of the Commission in this regard will be final.
The fellow who is awarded Swami Vivekananda Fellowship for Single Girl Child for research in Social Sciences will not accept any other fellowship or hold any appointment, paid or otherwise, or receive any emoluments, salary, stipend, etc. from any other source during the tenure of the award (except in case of academic leave of one year).
If the fellow wishes to apply for any other fellowship/paid assignment/examination during the tenure of the fellowship, she is not required to obtain NOC from UGC. In case of selection, she would be required to tender resignation from the UGC fellowship.
The fellow shall have to submit feedback in form of the report on the research work done. After completion of the research work the fellow shall submit her research work in the INFLIBNET repository along with the research papers published. At least 2 research papers (1 National and 1 International) must be submitted.
- National/International publication at the time of submitting three member assessment committee report.
- National/International publication by the end of the
Note: The last 2 installments will be released only after submission of the feedback and research work in the repository.
*The fellow will also submit the Ph.D completion certificate to INFLIBNET.
The fellow desirous of leaving the research mid-way without completing research degree will have to submit her resignation duly forwarded by the concerned University/College/Institute to the designated agency under intimation to UGC office. The grant will be released upto the date of resignation tendered by the fellow.
Transfer of Research Place
Transfer of the Research Place should be done by concerned University/College/Institute under the intimation to UGC and designated agency. Transfer of Research place will be allowed only once during the entire tenure.
Cancellation of Fellowship
UGC may terminate fellowship of any candidate in case of:
- If the fellow is found to be ineligible to receive the fellowship, at any point of time during the entire duration of the
- Any false information furnished by the
- Misconduct of
- Unsatisfactory progress of research work of the
- Any other fellowship/scholarship is drawn from other source(s) during the tenure of the fellowship.
Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Fellowship – Official Website