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AIFRTE extends its support to students' struggle against UGC
The All India Forum for the Right to Education (AIFRTE) saluted the resounding response of students and researchers across the country by their unambiguous rejection of the University Grants Commission (UGC) decision to stop the non-NET fellowship for MPhil and PhD scholars.

The sum of Rs. 5000 and Rs. 8000 respectively which was not linked to the inflation index, and excluded scholars of the universities in the states, was already an inadequate and small benefit for researchers.

In fact, the demand was to extend it to state universities and to increase the amount and link it to the inflation index so as to allow students who do not come from elite sections to pursue their studies.

The UGC decision, only the latest in a series of so-called 'reforms' aimed at effecting the withdrawal of the State from funding higher education and thereby creating space for its privatization and commercialization at the expense of the academic community of students and teachers, proved to be the proverbial last straw on the camel's back. Widespread protests have erupted and are continuing across campuses at different universities.

The UGC building in the national capital was occupied on 21st October 2015 by hundreds of students from Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Ambedkar University, I.P. University and Jamia Milia Islamia.

In a release AIFRTE said, "Despite a lumpenized attack by ABVP supporters on the 21st October which was aimed at causing violence and disrupting the peaceful but determined movement, and despite two violent police attacks, detentions and threats, the Occupy UGC movement has only grown from strength to strength and students are gathering every day to join the protest"

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