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Revision of the Scheme of National Research Professorship

The Union Cabinet today approved a proposal by the Ministry of Human Resource Development for revisio of the rates of honorarium, pension and contingency allowances under the Scheme of National Research Professorship with effect from April 1, 2009.

The revised rates are as follows :

(i) Rate of monthly honorarium for serving National Research Professors has been enhanced from Rs.25,000 to Rs.75,000 with effect from 1.4.2009;

(ii) Rate of monthly pension for Pensioners enhanced from Rs.9,000 to Rs.25,000 with effect from 1.4.2009;

(iii) Rate of annual contingency grant for serving National Research Professors has been enhanced from Rs.50,000 to Rs 1,00,000 with effect from 1.4.2009;

(iv) Honorarium and pension will continue to be exempt from Income Tax under Section 10(17A) of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

The Government had instituted the Scheme of National Research Professorship in 1949 to honour distinguished academics and scholars in recognition of their contribution to knowledge.

Persons of real eminence, who have attained the age of 65 years and who have made outstanding contribution in their respective fields and are still capable of productive research, are considered for appointment as National Research Professors (NRPs). The appointment is made initially for a period of five years which is extendable by another term of five years. After completion of first term or the extended second term, an NRP is entitled to pension for life.

In 1949, the rate of honorarium was Rs.2500 per month. The rates of honorarium and pension have been revised from time to time and at the time of last revision in 1998-99, the rate of honorarium was Rs.25,000 per month, the rate of pension was Rs.9,000 per month. The contingency grant was Rs.50,000/- per annum.

Today's decision to revise the rates takes into account the rate of inflation and the erosion in the value of the rupee.

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