UGC in­vites in­sti­tu­tions for Un­nat Bharat Ab­hiyan

The New Indian Express - - TAMIL NADU -

THE Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC) has in­vited ap­pli­ca­tions from higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions for par­tic­i­pa­tion un­der the sec­ond phase of Un­nat Bharat Ab­hiyan. Un­nat Bharat Ab­hiyan is a flag­ship pro­gramme of Min­istry of Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment (MHRD) to in­volve higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in in­dige­nous de­vel­op­ment of self-suf­fi­cient and sus­tain­able vil­lage clusters for in­clu­sive In­dia.

With the in­ten­tion of en­rich­ing ru­ral In­dia, se­lected in­sti­tu­tions are ex­pected to cus­tomise the avail­able tech­nol­ogy and de­velop new tech­nol­ogy, as per the lo­cal needs, and im­prove the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ex­ist­ing gov­ern­ment pro­grammes.

It was aimed at get­ting most of the coun­try’s higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions in the in­clu­sive de­vel­op­ment of vil­lages, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with dis­trict au­thor­i­ties, through so­cial, man­age­rial and tech­no­log­i­cal in­ter­ven­tions through their fac­ulty and stu­dents.

In the re­cent na­tional con­fer­ence of vice-chan­cel­lors and di­rec­tors, it was re­solved that all higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions would as­so­ci­ate them­selves ac­tively in im­ple­ment­ing UBA, UGC said in a let­ter to V-Cs of uni­ver­si­ties.

In­sti­tu­tions can ap­ply on­line at un­ be­fore Septem­ber 20. Se­lec­tion of in­sti­tu­tions will be done on chal­lenge mode and re­sults will be an­nounced on Oc­to­ber 2. Any recog­nised higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tion al­ready in­volved in de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties, have at least 500 stu­dents (ex­clud­ing first and fi­nal year stu­dents), and have at least two fac­ulty mem­bers in­volved in de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in ru­ral ar­eas, are el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the UBA scheme. MHRD will as­sist in train­ing and gap-fund­ing for tech­ni­cal so­lu­tions.

In the first phase, 426 tech­ni­cal in­sti­tu­tions and 262 non­tech­ni­cal in­sti­tu­tions were se­lected for the pro­gramme.

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