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UGC comes to aid of innovative ideas

Looking the unprecedented rise in the number of university students and their changing social life, University Grant Commission (UGC) has launched a scheme called ‘Innovation Universities’, under which Rs 25 to Rs 300 crore will be allotted  for a period of five years to refurnish and innovate the universities.

Ved Parkash, chairman of the UGC, said, ‘We took  this decision regarding the scheme in the last meeting of UGC. Under the scheme, universities may receive a grant of up to a maximum Rs 300 crore for a period of five years.’  

Parkash added, ‘Under the scheme, UGC invites proposals from universities, which include new types of degrees and courses, innovative method of internationalisation of teaching programmes and creation of new types of teaching-learning material.’

He added that the basic objective of the scheme was to promote innovative ways of learning, sharing and collectively growing within and without. ‘The scheme is meant to support bold and big ideas that require substantial support and flexibility. It will recognise and support localised as well as general innovations,’ he added.

This scheme is open to centrally-funded, state -funded and universities which have been put under the category ‘A’ by Tandon Committee appointed by MHRD.
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