NEW DELHI (NVONEWS): What exactly does the Ministry of Minority Affairs do? The ministry has been around for eons, ostensibly working hard to get a good deal for the Minorities. And yet, as far as evidence on the ground is concerned, you won’t even know it exists. There is, after all these years, a good scholarship for minority students. It is called Maulana Azad Fellowship for minority scholars. The money is disbursed through the University Grants Commission, but the assessment of the amount is done by the Ministry. Under this scheme 756 junior and senior research fellowships are awarded to student every year. The maximum tenure for the junior research fellowship is three years and the monthly amount 12000 is given to the research fellows. While for senior research fellow the monthly amount is rupees 14000 and the maximum tenure is five years. The amount for the fellowship is decided every year in April and is transferred to the University by June so that students could get the fellowship on time, just after the beginning of the new educational session. For the current financial years, 52 crore rupees have been sanctioned but this amount has not been transferred to UGC as yet. Since the amount has not reached the UGC, it has not reached the students. The student’s need the money urgently, but at this pace, the money will probably reach them well after the session is over, considering the delays to which it would be subject by the UGC and the University itself. That is to say, at a time when the need for the money is past. Need we comment on the folly of those who haste to pull out the drowning after he has reached the shore? A safeguard against the vagaries of financial need is the pre requisite for a quality research work. It is perhaps the single biggest factor in the low levels of Muslims students in MPhil and PHD programs. The scheme is in place, but what is its use if it does not reaches them in time?