Research development

UGC launches fellowships and discusses research development – Edexlive

The University Grants Commission (UGC) observes Shikshak Parv 2022 from September 5, Teachers’ Day, to September 9. As noted by UGC, the event will be online and streamed live on scheduled days on all of UGC’s social media platforms. Today at the opening ceremony of the event, which was hosted by UGC President Jagadesh Kumar and University of Delhi Vice Chancellor Yogesh Singh, the scholarship opportunities for teachers and researchers were discussed.

UGC launched four scholarship programs at the start of the event. Here is the list :

1. Savitribai Jyotirao Phule Scholarship for Single Girl: It will be available for JRF and SRF scholarship holders. Jagadesh Kumar said it was an existing scholarship but UGC decided to extend it given its popularity and promotion of research among women.

2. Dr. Radhakrishnan post-doctoral fellowship: In this framework, approximately 900 fellowships will be granted, of which 30% will be reserved for female candidates. Other reservation criteria will also be followed for the allocation of scholarships. The aim is to promote individual research in universities. According to the President, this scholarship was previously limited to science majors, but now consideration would be considered for all majors.

3. Dr. DS Kothari Research Fellowship for Newly Recruited Faculty Members: The purpose of this fellowship is to help newly recruited professors start their research. In-service faculty members will also be considered under this program and it will be awarded especially to faculty in the social sciences and humanities.

4. Scholarship for Retired Faculty Members: About 100 places will be considered under this scheme and Rs 50,000 per month will be awarded.

UGC also launched its e-Samadhan portal during the event. The President said the portal is for all its stakeholders who face all sorts of problems and challenges and find themselves unable to solve them on their own. Besides universities, faculty members and the general public can also benefit from the portal. The helpline would be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

After the launches, Vice Chancellors from various participating universities (Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University, BR Ambedkar University, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and Central Gujarat University) spoke at the event. Here are some key ideas that were discussed:

1. The responsibilities of a teacher: A teacher must be accountable and responsible was the key idea evoked. Some issues, like lack of bureaucratic freedom for teachers and researchers in India, student-to-teacher load were also discussed. Overall, the fact that a teacher must be motivated was emphasized.

2. Motivation: The VCs felt that there is a need for motivated and dynamic research. And for this to happen, opportunities such as international exposure, incentives, grants and public awards have been advocated.

3. Infrastructure: It was stated that for productive research, an adequate research environment is necessary. For Indian and foreign scholars visiting universities, the need for basic infrastructure including good seating areas, lecture halls, laboratories with all latest facilities and libraries with access to books and e-books, was underlined. In addition, the requirement for recreational facilities for researchers’ families and good schools for their children on campuses was raised.

4. Industry: The need for industry-focused research was discussed at length. It was said that young academics often have good ideas and that there should be incubation facilities for these ideas, for example start-up and innovation cells working with universities. Also, the patent application process and policy has been simplified.

5. Institutional faculty: The need for faculty development programs with motivational lectures was suggested, as well as discipline-focused programs. The VCs said the head teacher program should be implemented and awarded on the basis of merit. Also, teachers should be aware of their own personality and character development, it was said.

The roundtable was based on how research can be energized and motivated. The event concluded on a positive note that research development was the need of the hour.