UGC to Launch Kalam Fellowship for Women Pursuing PhD

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to launch Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Single Girl Child Fellowship to pursue PhD in Science discipline.

The decision in this regard was taken by the UGC empowered committee on Basic Scientific Research headed by Anil D Sahasrabudhe, who is also the chairman of All India Council for Technical Education, at its recent meeting.

The new fellowship will be on par with the Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Fellowship for Research in Social Sciences.

Any girl student selected under the scheme will get Rs 12,400 per month during the first two years and Rs 15,500 per month during the third and fourth year. The scheme is applicable only to a single girl child, who had taken admission in regular full time PhD programme in any recognized university or institute, in her family.

The maximum age limit to avail the fellowship will be 40 years for general and 45 year for reserved category like SC, ST, OBC and physically handicapped. In an academic year, the fellowship will be given to a maximum of 300 students.

Apart from the UGC empowered committee on Basic Scientific Research has also selected 44 candidates from across the country, including one from Tamil Nadu, for the award of Dr DS Kothari Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. The committee has rejected applications from 175 candidates, who have applied for this fellowship.

Guidelines to Set Univ-Ind Linkage

The University Grants Commission has come up with a set of guidelines for establishing university-industry inter-linkage centre.

The objective of the scheme included identifying the expertise available in the university which can be of use for the industries in the locality or region by way of consultancy services, evaluation of research and development activities of the industries.

It will also take the help of the expertise of the industry to improve or redesign the curriculum periodically in tune with the requirement of the industries and help creating skilled manpower at various levels.

The scheme also promotes research and development in areas related to skill education and development, entrepreneurship, employability, labour market trends at PG and research level and help set up science and technology entrepreneurs parks, technology business incubators.

Universities recognised under section 12B of the UGC Act and receiving general development assistance from the UGC and accredited by NAAC with at least B grade are eligible for financial assistance under the scheme.

The proposal from universities will be evaluated by an expert committee of UGC consisting of its member and make recommendation.

The centre will be supported by the UGC and partnering industrial organisations for a period of two years and then it has to be self-supporting.

The UGC’s contribution will be within an overall ceiling of Rs 2 crore and will not exceed 75 per cent of the expenses, while the partnering industrial organisations contribution will be a minimum of 25 per cent.

“The significance of university-industry interactions has become an important agenda of higher education on policy-making front at both national and institutional levels. There are many areas of collaborations between universities and industries which are mutually beneficial,” UGC Secretary Jaspal S Sandhu in his recent communication to universities asking them to comply with the new guidelines.

MHRD Forms Panels to Streamline Edu System

The Ministry of Human Resource Development is likely to hold a meeting with State education ministers to discuss about teaching, teacher training and recruitments in October.

The decision was taken at the 63rd Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting held last month.

Commenting on this, S Swaminathan, founder secretary of NET SLET Association said, the teacher recruitment process should be transparent and based on merit.

“The National Education Policy of 1986 advocated for the creation of Indian Education Service, similar to the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment of teachers. The government should consider setting up of Indian Education Service at national level and State Education Service at State level for recruitment of teachers in government, aided colleges and universities,” he opined.

The CABE meeting also decided to constitute three sub-committees to discuss about (i) issues and impediment to mainstream out-of-school children, and measures to bring them into the fold of the educational system, (ii) measures and suggestions to improve the infrastructure, environment maintenance and learning outcomes of the government school and (iii) measures to improve and enhance skill and technical education in the school and higher education systems.

While the sub-committee to devise pathway for re-engaging out of school children will be headed by Minister of State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha, sub-committee to devise pathway to improve condition of government schools will be headed by Punjab School Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema. The sub-committee to discuss on skill and technical education in schools and higher education system will be chaired by Minister of State for Human Resource Development Ram Shankar Katheria.

These committees were asked to submit their report and recommendations with in a period of one year.

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