General Information on Research &
Development Funding Schemes of Central Government Departments/Agencies
Government of India
Ministry of Science & Technology
Department of Science & Technology
New Mehrauli Road,
New Delhi 110016
Dated the August 2, 2002
Subject : Revised guidelines on emoluments and other
conditions of service for research personnel
and benefits to Host Institutions in R&D programmes of
the Central Government
Departments / Agencies.
is invited to the O.M. No.SP/S9/2-23/97 dated 24.2.98, issued
by the Department of Science & Technology, Government
of India, on the above subject. The matter has been further
considered by the Government and the following revised guidelines
have been approved. These revised guidelines are applicable
to the research personnel working on R&D programmes funded
by the Central Government Departments / Agencies.
i. Junior Research Fellow (JRF)/Senior Research Fellows(SRF)
and 2nd Year (subsequent years/SRF)
degree in engineering Disciplines & post-graduate
degree in science disciplines
and engineering subjects MBBS/BDS/NVSc/M.Pharma. ME, M.Tech;
and BE/B.Tech, BVSc, B.Pharma. or equivalent with 2 years
The local institution should review after two years whether
JRF/SRT should continue for the third year. Similarly, at
the end of the third year the local institution should review
his case whether extension for another year should be given.
The Guidelines for selection of JRF/SRF will be done as
per DST Office Memorandum No.12(1)/76-GRS dated 30th July,
1990. In programmes where there is a need to engage research
personnel at a level higher than JRF/SRF and such need has
been accepted by the funding agency, the remuneration for
such personnel may be fixed as indicated below.
ii. Research Associates
Research associates may be fixed at a consolidated amount
at one of the 3 pay levels given below, depending upon the
qualifications and experience. The Institute / Organisation
concerned may decide the level in which a particular associate
should be placed.
Essential Qualifications (EQ)
In Science, Medical and Engineering subjects (PhD/MD/MDS
and MVSc/Mpharm/ ME/MTech with 3 years research /teaching/Design
and development experience
iii. Research Scientists: The existing scales as under
Other scales below Rs.8000-13500 as recommended by the 5th
Pay Commission and approved by the Central Government
- DA and CCA : JRFs, SRFs and Research Associates
will not be entitled to these allowances. The Research Scientists
will get D.A. as per rates of Central Government and CCA
as per rules of the local institutions where they are working.
- House Rent Allowance and Medical Benefits : As
at present, HRA and Medical benefits may be allowed to all
categories viz., JRF/SRF, Research Associates and Research
Scientists as per rules of the institutions where they are
working. For this purpose, the fellowship amounts, for JRF/SRF
and Research Associates will be taken as Basic Pay.
- Leave and other service benefits : The existing
policy is to continue. Under this, JRF/SRF are eligible
only for casual leave while Research Associates / Scientists
are entitled to leave as per rules of the institutions.
However, participation by any of these categories in any
scientific event in India or abroad will be treated as on
duty. Maternity leave as per Govt. of India instructions
would be available to all categories.
- Bonus & L.T.C. : Not admissible to any category.
- Retirement Benefits : These will not be applicable
to JRFs/SRFs/Research Associates. Research Scientists who
are appointed for the duration of the project in regular
scales of pay as mentioned above may be allowed to be members
of the Contributory Provident Fund of the institution.
- Encouragement for pursuing higher degree : Students,
selected as JRF/SRF may be encouraged to register for higher
degrees and the tuition fees to undertake this may be reimbursed
to the student from the contingency grant sanctioned under
the project grant.
- Benefits to Host Institutes : Towards meeting
their costs for overhead expenses including infrastructural
facilities, an amount of :
(i) 20% of the total project cost with an upper limit of
Rs.5.0 lakh for educational institutions and Rs. 3 lakh
for laboratories and institutes under S&T agencies/departments,
will be provided as a part of the project, and
(ii) On projects costing more than Rs. 50 lakhs, the quantum
will be decided on case to case basis.
- Date of Effect : The revision in emoluments under
these orders will be applicable w.e.f. 1.4.2002 for all
categories of JRF/SRF and Research Associates. In the case
of Research Scientist, the existing scales will continue,
till further orders.
- Central Government Departments / Agencies are requested
to ensure that the above guidelines are followed in regard
to the remuneration and other benefits to the research personnel
engaged in R&D projects funded by them. They are also
requested to circulate these orders to their attached and
subordinate offices and also to the autonomous institutes
funded by them.
- The above may be used as guidelines by CSIR etc.
Sd/- (S.K. Ahuja)
Under Secretary to Govt. of India
1. All Ministries / Departments of the Govt. of India
2. All Heads of Divisions of DST