According to PIB reports, Satya Pal Singh, the HRD Minister says that the Ministry of Human Resource Development of India aka MHRD has collaborated with UGC and AICTE, to push various projects worth over Rs 800 million or to boost the quality and research for higher educational institutions in India.
The purpose of joining hands with UGC and AICTE is to spine domestic and international research projects in higher educational institutes in the country. For this, the MHRD has set aside a sum of Rs. 82.35 crores to conduct 819 projects under the Major Research Project Scheme from 2016-17 to 2018-19 for most states of India. The entire project will be supported with funds from Department of Science & Technology and Department of Biotechnology. But, no proposals for research projects have been received from Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar, Dadar & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu, and Lakshadweep.
UGC will also support other schemes like the Special Assistance Programme (SAP), Colleges with Potential for Excellence (CPE), University with Potential for Excellence (UPE), Centre with Potential for Excellence in Particular Areas (CPEPA), Fellowships support for Research to students and teachers, for better research and innovation in India. Research through international collaborations through important initiatives like UK India Education Research Initiative (UKIERI), Israel Science Foundation (ISF), Indo Norway Cooperation Programme (NCP), Indo German Programme (IGP), 21st Century Knowledge Initiative with United States of America, which aims at joint research projects with collaboration between Indian and foreign institutions, has been actively promoted by UGC.
SPARC, a recent initiative of the Ministry, aims to support 600 research projects in two years, at an outlay of Rs. 418 crores. IMPRINT scheme has been launched to channelize technical research; IMPRINT-I – 142 research projects with an outlay of Rs. 318.71 crores for 3 years; IMPRINT-II – 122 projects at an outlay of Rs. 112 crores. IMPRESS scheme has also been launched to promote Research in Social Sciences, under which 1500 research projects, at a total sanctioned cost of Rs. 414 crores, will be awarded for implementation up to March 31, 2021.