Rs. 6 lakh research start-up grant for young faculty: UGC

Create: 12/09/2011 - 13:07

In order to boost research development among young faculty in India, HRD Ministry and UGC have launched a scheme to give start-up grant for newly-hired faculty. A grant of Rs 6 lakh will be given by UGC under this initiative.

“The MHRD/UGC empowered committee, spearheading to strengthen basic scientific research in universities and colleges, has found it desirable to launch a scheme on research start-up grant for newly-recruited faculty at the assistant professor level,” reads the notification issued by the UGC.

The eligibility criterion includes a PhD degree and at least two published research papers in approved/cited journals. The scheme applies to all teachers hired at the level of assistant professor against the permanent post, in basic science, engineering and technology departments.

“The grant has to be utilised within two years of approval. The assistant professor will send the utilisation certificate along with statement of expenditure through the university/college,” reads the notification.

The assistant professor will have to apply within a period of six months from the date of joining.The proposal must include details of origin of the research problem, its significance and potential to contribute in the field of social relevance or national importance, year-wise plan and targets to be achieved. The empowered committee of the MHRD/UGC will select the candidates on the basis of ‘expert appraisal’.

“This is an important step to boost research. There’s an urgent need in our country to identify young talent and encourage them and this financial incentive for research work is a step in that direction. However, while grants are necessary, it is equally important to create a culture of curiosity and research across educational institutes. We should also allow exchange of ideas and equipment between institutions to enable maximum utilisation of resources,” said Snehalata Deshmukh, eminent academician and former vice chancellor of Mumbai University.

[Source: Indian Express]

Comments

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

UGC scheme of providing Rs 6 Lacs to young faculty is a welcome step to promote research. It should be based on Candidate's motivation for research, not to be gifted for all.

I consider this is one of the significant steps from the UGC side so far has been taken in the last few decades. There is no point pouring water on top of the tree - its always good to nourish faculties when they are young to make them fit for the world. They will run their own show once they become independent researcher, and in their age too.
I congratulate the UGC for taking up this program.

Sisir K. Mondal
Associate Professor
e-mail:sisir.mondal@gmail.com

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Talent can not be created by throwing money in. A slave race is inherently capable of intellectual things. When swines and piss combine with mobile phones it is both laughable and pitiable.

1.2 billion sub-humans! A big burden on the white race!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Definitely it is an appreciable step of MHRD to motivate the young faculty for innovative research work and also it remove the budgetary barrier. What I understood, it is for the new faculty of Basic Science, Engineering and Technology. I think the subjects of humanities and social sciences should be included in it. They should be given a chance also.
Thanks

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Very positive step by the MHRD/UGC. However, their would be only few takers because of built in hindrances and contradictory provisions. i) Ph. D. holder with 2 papers in approved journals, ii) Permanent faculty, iii) Should apply within 6 months of joining. Authorities to look in to the matter for effective quality and quantity output. In fact this can be good scheme to promote studies at Doctoral level by permanent Assistant Professors without Ph.D. degree. --Dr. S. M. Kulkarni

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

We request UGC to extend the scheme to universities recognized under Sec 3 of the UGC act as well.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Indeed this is a very good scheme. The fresh (not necessarily young) faculty hired can continue his/her research work at the new place, only when he is provided with the lab equipment, journals and books at the new place. Otherwise his knowledge becomes outdated very soon. The degrees also have validity. But the grants should be given on the merit of a valid research proposal (it should be reviewed by experts in his area) and it should not be given without any purpose. The expected research outcome of the grant should be committed. The time limit of 6 months as proposed is very conservative and it should be one grant within first three years of service at the new place.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This is good initiatives but must be extended to all Assistant Professors in AGP 6000 and not to time limit of 6 months.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

It is a good scheme, but 6 month period for applying should be removed. For any assistant professor within 2 years of his joining should be fine. Second, in place of basic science, it should be just science for eligibility so that teachers from applied science can also take advantage.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

is it available for faculties in deemed universities??
bino

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I must say it's a great way to motivate fresh faculty to continue their research work especially at college level. The funding schemes not only make it possible to develop a research laboratory in the college but also create an ambiance that is motivating for the students to further continue with science.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

This is no doubt a nice step by UGC. However, the criterion , a PhD degree and at least two published research papers in approved/cited journals is not enough. The publications should not be more than two authored and must be after the year in which Ph. D degree was awarded to the candidate. This is because of the fact that many times a Ph. D supervisor contributes maximally in publishing the research paper from the thesis work. Obviously the post doctoral publications reflects the suitability of a possible independent researcher. Therefore emphasis should be given on publications after Ph.D , that too not as obligatory author.
Prof. Anand Kar,Life Science,DAUniv.,Indore

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

How can we get grant to boost creative research in mathematics from DST, UGC and NBHM

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I joined in 2005 waiting for some 'seed' grant to start with - its difficult for a newly recruited faculty to start funded research, there was also some announcement in 2006 for a similar grant, but it takes UGC 7 years from the announcement to finally approve it, that too Rs. 6 lacs. If India wants to excel in basic science, then such small measure will not do anything...we need more funding and more such initiatives to motivate and retain young faculty in academics and research...when you join as a young faculty in Universities, UGC should set you free for one year with starting grant and to develop your course curriculum and research interests, after one year you should be allowed to take classes and then actively pursue research...the first grant should be 10 lacs, and the faculty should be free to experiment, currently there is lot of pursuing and buttering one has to do with so many officials before you can actually start doing science - it kills the spirit..and there is no incentive to get funding...!

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

However, it is one of the positive steps by the MHRD/UGC to promote the research and development at the University/ College level, but the time limit of 6 months (of joining) debars many faculty members. In order to exploit the potential of the faculty at the lower level fully, the scheme should be extended to all at assistant professors. The input as well as output is always more at this level.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

First of all I congratulate the UGC for lunching the scheme of providing Rs.6 lakh grant for research, but conditions stipulates that only those faculty members who have joined within 6 months are eligible to apply is not desirable. In my opinion it should be within five years from the date of joining and scheme is only meant for science background faculty. The arts and social sciences should be added into the scheme. As only providing grants to sciences and denying to other branches would result in despair in other faculty members

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

it may be extent to associate professors below 50 years.

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