Mexico.- The National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) continues without paying incentives to researchers from private universities, despite the fact that they promoted amparos and four federal judges who declared the 2021 reform unconstitutional to exclude them.
Since February 2022, members of the National Research System (SNI) attached to private universities have had to promote shelters, since Since January, Conacyt has suspended payments.
Eleven federal judges in administrative matters have granted suspensions in 19 amparosso that Conacyt maintains the payments, in all cases in which there is a valid agreement signed with the beneficiary.
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Also during February, judges Yadira Medina, Roberto Fraga, Martin Santos and Gabriel Regis ruled that it is The reform of April 2021 to the SNI Regulations is unconstitutional to exclude the private and social sector from economic support.
According to the judges, the reform is discriminatory; violates the rights to education and scientific production; it creates a distinction not provided for in the Science and Technology Law, which is of a higher hierarchy than the regulation, and violates the acquired rights of researchers who signed previous agreements with Conacyt.
The sentences still have to be reviewed by collegiate circuit courts, or by the Supreme Court of Justice if it decides to intervene, so the SNI Regulations remain in force, and Conacyt continues to apply them.
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The foregoing despite the fact that, in July 2021, the Tenth District Court in Administrative Matters granted a definitive suspension, which obliges Conacyt to maintain payments to researchers from more than one hundred universities affiliated with the Federation of Private Mexican Institutions of Higher Education (FIMPES).
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