I am a Senior Research Fellow at National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute, Mohali, Punjab. I am availing fellowship from UGC under NET-JRF scheme since March 2016. There has always been delay and irregularity in fellowship payment to students including myself. But this time the issue is about its records management and a total lack of response from any helpline number given for student grievances.
On student portal, which I was only recently able to even login into, I got to know that even after submitting my Contingency Utilization Certificate for period of March 2018 to March 2019, the amount has not been deposited to me.
Instead, I received a payment of Rs 20,000 in 4 parts (5000 each), which I considered to be the contigency amount as there was no portal working for me at the time and I could not confirm anything.
But now as portal worked, it shows that amount as HRA for months of Sep.2018 to Dec.2018, while I had already given HRA certificate stating that I was living in hostel (provided by institute) since May 2018 and should not avail HRA.
Also since May 2019, I am living independently again and have approved HRA certificate from institute head (Director, NABI), but the administration says the HRA option is no longer displaying in their portal and there is no response from UGC whatsoever.
Most students are suffering from these types of irregularities with no one to go to for help. Kindly help me at least get in touch with the corresponding authority so I can resolve this issue, or the only way left is to stop my research work and travel to Delhi and try to find a solution personally, but if that is the way to go, then why even is there a Grievance option on student portal?? And it does not work, for your kind information.
I look forward to a solution with great hope.
For any correspondence, my email ID is [email protected]