UGC asks universities to create research development cells and hold a meeting with HEIs

A total of 38 central universities have already established a Research and Development Unit (RDC) while at least six are in the process of doing so, University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar said in a statement. a tweet. As part of the New Education Policy (NEP) 2020, higher education institutions have been mandated to create RDCs to facilitate the culture of multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary and translational research.

The UGC is set to organize a meeting with several of these HEIs on August 23, to discuss how the creation of the RDCs should improve the country’s higher education research ecosystem. Kumar added that the establishment of RDC works has so far been undertaken in 83 reputable universities, 45 state government funded universities, 29 private state universities and 95 colleges.

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The UGC, in March this year, defined the guidelines for the establishment of CDRs in HEIs across the country. RDCs will be governed by a Research Advisory Council (RAC) headed by the Vice-Chancellor or Principal or their designate. The guidelines suggested setting up a research information management system (RIMS) to collect and manage all research-related information.

The commission emphasized developing a standard plagiarism checking mechanism and making the software available to all researchers for smooth operation. In addition, CDRs also needed to raise public awareness of questionable research and publication practices and predatory journals.

The new guidelines called on HEIs to intensify their collaborative efforts with other institutions to conduct joint research and exchanges of students, scholars and professors. The commission had also suggested that HEIs rehire or appoint experienced retired and eminent professors as mentors in order to develop a resilient research ecosystem in RDCs.

To fund research activities, CDRs can formulate a corpus to government, industry and other funding agencies. In addition, they can also explore the possibility of channeling corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds or approaching venture capitalists and angel investors to fund research and innovation.

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