Insurance cover to researchers, yet to be reality
CHANDIGARH: Insurance cover to the research scholars, an ambitious proposal mooted by Panjab University last year is yet to see the light of the day.
The announcement was made by vice-chancellor Prof RC Sobti on April 19, 2011, during a meeting with research fellows at the Golden Jubilee Hall, but till date nothing has been done.
The demand for insurance cover was raised by the research scholars after a research fellow, Kirti Chalana, sustained grievous injuries in a road accident on campus.
There are around 500 research scholars on rolls of the varsity.
Under the scheme, the scholars were to be insured from last academic session and each research fellow had to pay Rs 42 along with fees in order to avail the insurance facility.
The varsity had decided to pay Rs 2 lakh in case of death
I will look into the matter and make sure that research scholars also get insurance cover AMRIK SINGH
of student and Rs 10,000 to injured students. While in case of parents' death, the aggrieved students were to be given Rs 1 lakh.
The varsity is extending the same benefit to around 15,000 regular students on the campus since 2010.
Criticising the authorities for adopting discriminatory policies with regards to research scholars, a PhD students said it was evident from the nonimplementation of the insurance scheme for scholars that the research fellows were not treated at par with other regular students.
Panjab University Students Union (PUSU) senior leader Sumit Goklaney said the authorities should not make any false promises to the students. "Before making any announcement, the authorities should take into consideration each and every aspect. It will help in the implementation of the schemes announced from time to time," said Goklaney, demanding insurance cover for the research scholars.
When contacted, dean, student welfare (DSW) Prof Amrik Singh Ahluwalia said when they were covering 15,000 students, there was no reasons why research scholars, who are around 500, could not be extended the same benefit.
"I will look into the matter and make sure that research scholars also get insurance cover," said Prof Ahluwalia. However, he said that there was no discrimination and students falling in different categories are treated on a par. "There are many benefits which are only extended to research scholars," said DSW.