Organization : University Grants Commission (UGC)
Scholarship Name : National Fellowship For OBC Candidate 2019-20 Guidelines
Applicable For : OBC Students
Applicable State/UTs : All Over India
Website/Apply Online : https://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_notices.aspx
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UGC NFOBC Guidelines
Guidelines- National Fellowship for OBC students (NFOBC) (w.e.f. April 2019).
Related / Similar Fellowship : UGC NFSC 2020
The scheme aims at providing financial assistance to the OBC students in obtaining quality higher education leading to degrees such as M.Phil. and Ph.D. in universities, research institutions and scientific institutions.
** The other Backward Class (OBC) candidates qualifying for the award of NFOBC will be eligible to receive fellowship subject to finding placement in the University/IITs/Institutions.
** The validity period of the offer is 3 years with effect from the date of issue of JRF Award letter.
However, in case of candidates who have already joined M/Phil. /Ph.D. the date of commencement of fellowship shall be from the date of declaration of result of NFOBC or date of their joining, whichever is later.
** Students belonging to OBC shall not be entitled to any other benefits from Central or State Government or any other body like UGC offering similar benefit to avoid duplication and increase coverage.
** At least 4% of the total seats should be reserved for students with disabilities while making selection of candidates for award of fellowships by the UGC.
** Employees of any University/College/Educational institution/Central/State/UT Government shall be excluded from availing the fellowship, even if they are on study leave or Extra Ordinary Leave (EOL) to pursue M.Phil./Ph.D.
Number of Fellowship
i. The total number of slots for NFOBC under the scheme is 1000 per year. Out of 1000 slots available under this scheme, 750 will be allocated for the subjects under National Eligibility Test – Junior Research Fellowship (NET-JRF) of UGC and remaining 250 UGC-Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (UGC-CSIR) NET-JRF joint test (for Science streams).
ii. These 1000 slots will be over and above the OBC Students selected under the normal reservation policy of the Government.
Duration of Fellowship
|Name of course||Maximum Duration||Admissibility of JRF and SRF|
|M.Phil.||2 years||2 years||Nil|
|Ph.D||5 years||2 years||Remaining 3 years|
|M.Phil. + Ph.D.||5 years||2 years||Remaining 3 years|
Rate of Fellowships
The rates of fellowship for JRF and SRF will be at par with the UGC Fellowship (w.e.f 01.01.2019). Presently these rates are as follows
|Fellowship in Science Humanities and Social Science||@ Rs.31,000/- p.m. for initial two years (JRF)
@ Rs.35,000/- pm. for remaining tenure (SRF)
|Fellowship in Engineering & Technology|
|Contingency for Humanities & Social Sciences||@ Rs.10,000/- p.a. for initial two years
@ Rs.20,500/- p.a. for remaining tenure
|Contingency for Sciences, Engineering & Technology||@ Rs.12,000/- p.a. for initial two years
@ Rs.25,000/- p.a. for remaining tenure
|Escorts/Reader assistance (All subjects)||@ Rs.2,000/- p.m. in cases of physically and visually handicapped candidates|
The selection for the award of NFOBC to students will be made on the basis of merit in each UGC-NET-JRF and CSIR-NET-JRF examination and will be made twice in a year. However, preference will be given to such students who have secured admission.
Procedure for Release of Grant
** The fellowship amount shall be disbursed to the awardee on Director Benefit Transfer (DBT) basis.
** Bank account number of the beneficiaries will be validated through PFMS for creating of beneficiary ID.
** Genuineness of the OBC certificate furnished by the awardee shall be verified by the concerned University/Institution before the details are updated on the web portal.
** The concerned University/Institution shall also ensure that the awardee is not availing any other fellowship/project from any other organisation at the time of selection and fulfills all the other conditions as laid in the guidelines.
** The fellow will undertake regular full time research work under the approved guide in a subject selected by him/her and approved by the university/selection committee.
Scheme Guidelines :
Cancellation of Award
The fellowship is liable to cancellation, in case of :
i. If the scholar is found to be ineligible to receive the fellowship, at any point of time during the entire duration of the fellowship.
ii. If it is found that the fellowship has been availed/is claimed by furnishing false/wrong/misleading information.
iii. If any adverse report is received from the institution.
iv. Misconduct/misbehavior/corrupt practices.
v. Unsatisfactory progress of research work.
vi. Violation of terms and conditions of these guidelines.
vii. Plagiarism or unethical practices, in any form.
viii. Candidate is already availing scholarship/fellowship from any other souce.
ix. Candidate is found employed during the M.Phil.Ph.D. research.