The University Grants Commission (UGC) sanctioned Rs 1.62 crores to two departments of Allahabad University (AU) under its special assistance programme (SAP).
The funds would be used in purchasing equipment and organizing seminars and camps to boost research and academics.
Under the programme, the higher education regulator has sanctioned Rs 97.50 lakh to the department of economics and Rs 65.50 lakh to department of political science. The SAP scheme is implemented on three levels; centre of advanced studies (CAS), department of special assistance (DSA) and departmental research support (DRS). Under these schemes, financial assistance is provided for term of five years for particular phase.
The UGC sanctioned funds under SAP for these two AU departments among 87 others of different universities across the country for which a total of over Rs 78.14 crore was allotted.
Both the departments on the campus have been sanctioned the funds under SAP’s DRS phase. With the sanction of grants, AU’s economics department has been upgraded from DRS-II to DRS-III while political science department has been upgraded from DRS-I to DRS-II stage.
Head, department of economics Prof Prahlad Kumar said that through the funds, the department planned to upgrade its existing computer lab and procure laptops, LCD projector and other equipment. The department will also work towards strengthening the departmental library to aid research and academic work as well as hold events like seminars and symposiums.
He said that the department has also been sanctioned a research fellow under the UGC scheme which would help the department provide a further fillip to research works. Likewise, head of the department of political science Prof HK Sharma said that he has received the information about the sanction of funds and soon be deciding its optimum utilization by the department.
Interestingly, three other departments, psychology, ancient history and physics failed to get the said assistance, as they failed to present their case before the UGC’s expert panel. However, UGC has given them an opportunity to cite reason for their absence and try again so that their case can also be considered in future, reported ToI.