UGC plans pro­gramme on trans-dis­ci­plinary re­search

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Nation - Aman­deep Shukla aman­[email protected]

THE NEARLY ~500 CR PLAN WILL SUP­PORT STU­DENTS AND FAC­ULTY IN VAR­SI­TIES, COL­LEGES TO DIS­COVER NEW AR­EAS OF KNOWL­EDGE

NEW DELHI: The Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC) is plan­ning to launch an am­bi­tious scheme to pro­mote trans­dis­ci­plinary re­search, an of­fi­cial aware of the mat­ter said.

Called Stride — Scheme for Trans-dis­ci­plinary Re­search through Higher Ed­u­ca­tion In­sti­tutes for Na­tional Devel­op­ment and En­trepreneur­ship — the nearly ~500 crore pro­gramme will sup­port the ef­forts of stu­dents and fac­ulty in uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges to dis­cover new ar­eas of knowl­edge.

Trans-dis­ci­plinary re­search is a team ef­fort by in­ves­ti­ga­tors from dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines to cre­ate new con­cep­tual and the­o­ret­i­cal in­no­va­tions that go beyond the con­fines of a sub­ject-spe­cific ap­proach, a UGC of­fi­cial said, not wish­ing to be named. “Stride will sup­port trans-dis­ci­plinary re­search and so­cially in­clu­sive in­no­va­tions for na­tional devel­op­ment and en­trepreneur­ship. New ideas, con­cepts and prac­tices for pub­lic good and strength­en­ing civil so­ci­ety will be en­cour­aged,” the of­fi­cial said.

The scheme en­vis­ages ex­change be­tween fac­ulty from uni­ver­si­ties and top col­leges and sci­en­tists from na­tional bod­ies such as Coun­cil of Sci­en­tific and In­dus­trial Re­search, In­dian Coun­cil of Med­i­cal Re­search, In­dian Coun­cil of Agri­cul­tural Re­search, DRDO, Isro, Depart­ment of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy, Depart­ment of Biotech­nol­ogy etc for spe­cific pe­ri­ods. A unique as­pect of Stride is its open na­ture, the of­fi­cial added. While it would pro­mote re­search in a range of ar­eas from phi­los­o­phy, his­tory, ar­chae­ol­ogy, an­thro­pol­ogy, psy­chol­ogy, In­dol­ogy, lib­eral arts, lan­guages, cul­ture, law, ed­u­ca­tion, jour­nal­ism and mass com­mu­ni­ca­tion, en­vi­ron­ment and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment, it would not be con­fined to these.

“Since the idea is to pro­mote trans-dis­ci­plinary re­search, ar­ti­fi­cial sub­ject bound­aries would not be the con­fine. There is no strait­jacket.”

One of Stride’s aims is to en­sure that the re­search done is of prac­ti­cal util­ity.

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