Aligarh: A consultative meeting of the Chairmen of Departments of Studies of all faculties was held under the chairmanship of the Vice Chacellor Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis today in the Conference Room of the Administrative Block to discuss submission of new research proposals to University Grants Commission under Special Assistance Programmes (SAP-DRS) and also to review the funds utilization for the year 2009-2010 and also the status of utilization of funds allocated under XI Plan grants.
Aiming at placing research in Aligarh Muslim University at a higher pedestal, Vice Chancellor Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis has called for expanding research activities through project funding in the departments of studies.
While emphasizing the need for getting more funds from University Grants Commission under the Special Assistance Programme Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis urged the Chairmen of the Departments of Studies to make special effort for submitting projects under the above scheme of the UGC. He has asked to identify the research areas keeping in view the specific academic strength of the department. The departments should particularly define well the scope of the research project and also supplement it with thorough review of the literature and link it to AMU line of research work and the broad thrust areas of the department, he added.
Prof. Azis said that new research proposals under UGC schemes will be bound to help expansion of individual teachers’ fields of research and also open up new opportunities for involving brilliant students in the research activities and also improve qualitatively the facilities of the departments.
The Vice Chancellor has asked the chairmen of the departments to prepare sound proposals as a priority in consultation with faculty members in 3-4 days’ time and submit the detailed proposal by January 5, 2010 so that the University can forward the same to the UGC. Prof. Azis expressed hope that the departments particularly strong in research development and publications will definitely get financial support from the UGC.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. P. K. Abdul Azis also reviewed department wise fund utilization and spending during the year 2009-2010. As most of the departments fell short of the utilization and spending target during the current financial year, he asked the chairmen to take special care and to spend the allocated funds as per the budget allocation under various heads especially keeping in mind the needs of the classrooms and academic betterment of the students.
Prof. Pervez Mustajab, OSD (Developoment) and Controller of Examinations, apprised of the status of fund utilization in each faculty and the funds spent on building construction under XI Plan. Mrs. Yasmin Jalal, Finance Officer responded to various queries and clarifications sought by the Chairmen. Prof. V. K. Abdul Jaleel, Registrar was also present in the meeting.
The UGC has been providing financial assistance to selected departments of the University under the scheme of Special Assistance Programme. The programme is intended to encourage the pursuit of excellence and team work in advanced teaching and research to accelerate the realization of international standards in specific field.
The University departments that have at least 6 faculty members consisting of one Profesor, two Readers and three Lecturers are eligible to submit proposals to the UGC. The UGC will not accept any proposal which is not prepared as per the guidelines relating to Special Assistance Programme. These guidelines are available on the UGC website www.ugc.ac.in.
The proposals will be examined through the screening committee and only short listed departments will be called for the presentation before the expert committee by UGC. One or two senior faculty members of the department will have to make a PowerPoint presentation in UGC office explaining and justifying the research proposal submitted by the department. The approved proposal will be effective from April 1 of the next financial year.