The University of Pune (UoP) is ready with its proposal to approach the University Grants Commission (UGC) to get funding under UGC’s innovation universities scheme. Thorough this university is planning to introduce innovative programmes and improve its research base.
The scheme aims at recognising and funding localised as well as general innovations of universities.
Wasudeo Gade, Vice Chancellor UoP informed that the university’s proposal was ready and the five-page concept note will be finalised by February 11, before formally approaching the UGC. “A team of senior faculty from the university was formed to prepare the concept note,” he said.
“Through the UGC scheme, we would like to give a new identity to the university wherein there would be interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach to research along with other facets of education. We have identified a few research areas the university can focus on,” VC said reported Express India.
As per UGC’s ‘innovation universities’ scheme, the chosen university may be considered for one of the three categories of financial assistance. The categories are Innovation University’ tag drawing a grant of Rs 100-Rs 300 crore for a period of five years, an ‘innovative programme’ involving a grant of Rs 25-100 crore and ‘innovative project’ that would involve a one-time grant of up to Rs 25 crore.