UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION - UGC 2010-10-04¢ UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION ASSISTANCE...
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UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION
ASSISTANCE FOR STRENGTHENING OF INFRASTRUCTURE FOR HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES UNDER ASIHSS PROGRAMME
1. INTRODUCTION In 1983, the Science Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SACC), Government of India, felt the need for strengthening of infrastructure for Science and Technology programme in the universities in the non-bureaucratic set-up of university departments, and the University Grants Commission was identified as the nodal agency to take up the programme for the above purpose in Indian universities and institutions. Thus, the scheme STID (Sciences and Technology Infrastructure Development) was launched and when it gained momentum, the Programme itself came to be popularly known as "COSIST" which is the acronym for the Programme - "Committee on Strengthening of Infrastructure for Science and Technology " .The programme with the name COSIST was in operation from 1983-84 upto 2001-2002 . Now, the Commission has decided that the Humanities and Social Sciences departments may also be supported for strengthening of infrastructure. 2. OBJECTIVES The basic objective of the programme is to assist selected Humanities and Social Sciences departments in the universities which have already exhibited and achieved high quality performance to enable them to acquire necessary equipments to develop infrastructure which cannot be approved out of SAP grants, or normal university development grants, so that the attainment of excellence in postgraduate education and research in the department is not handicapped due to the non-availability of facilities. The specific objectives of ASIHSS are to :- i. Strengthen infrastructure by acquiring necessary equipments (non-available under SAP or other sources) for continuously maintaining the achieved excellence in research and postgraduate teaching or for enhancement of the proven performance in the identified areas.
ii. Enhance and promote hi-tech / emerging / thrust /generic areas in future to be at par and comparable with their counterparts in the world. iii. Promote Humanities and Social Sciences innovation and its use through technology transfer, filing of patents, etc. iv. Take up international and industrial collaborative programmes for self-sustenance and resource generation. v. Link up and suggest steps required for interdisciplinary activity in the areas to the other SAP or ASIHSS supported departments and motivate user departments through active participation, training and awareness programmes and nurturing of the areas. 3. ELIGIBILITY / TARGET GROUP ELIGIBILITY (ASIHSS) Fresh assistance under ASIHSS may cover departments (in Humanities and Social Sciences) that have completed successfully a five- year term under SAP (at the minimum level of CAS/DSA/DRS) and are recommended for continuation for a further period of five years on the basis of their performance in research and teaching . It would be desirable that the department should have at least one Professor, two Readers and three Lecturers in the identified thrust areas. The strength of the group research activities may also be looked into. TO NOTE : Proposals which are not submitted in the prescribed form with full information, duly signed by the Competent authority as mentioned in the form will not be considered by the UGC. The reference of the UGC letter under which the proposals are invited during Xth Plan period should also be mentioned. 4. NATURE OF ASSISTANCE AND DURATION DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME(ASIHSS) The duration of the Assistance for Strengthening of Infrastructure in Humanities & Social Sciences (ASIHSS) Programme is upto the end of Xth Plan period. The effective date
of implementation will be from 1st April of the following year . The department will have to accept and implement the programme within 6 months from the day of receipt of the approval or from the effective date of implementation, i.e., 1st of April of the following year, based on the date of approval letter as communicated by the UGC, otherwise, the UGC may terminate the programme without assigning any reason. The decision of the UGC is final in this aspect. OF ASSISTANCE The financial inputs may be provided in the form of four major categories namely (i) common facilities; (ii) major facilities; (iii) annual recurring / working / maintenance grant; (iv) special purpose grant (additional to the allocation under the programme based on merit and departmental performance on the availability of resources for encouragement of the department/university). The limits of financial assistance under the programme shall be Rs.60.00 lakhs. The maximum limit does not mean that each department will be provided this amount. However, the department will have to submit the proposal for consideration of the support restricting this amount. The most essential and critical needs which are to be decided by the expert committees under operation of the programme will be finalized based on the availability of funds with the UGC. The financial assistance will be provided for non-recurring as well as recurring items of expenditure. WORKING EXPENSES, BOOKS, JOURNALS ETC. (RECURRING) The UGC provides and sanctions money for essential recurring items including books / journals, seminars, hiring the services ( technical/ industrial/secretarial as relevant to the programme), working expenses, travel, visiting fellows, field facilities / field trips, consumables, holding of Advisory Committee meetings, maintenance or rate contract at the rate of 5% of the equipment cost (after expiry of the warranty / guarantee period) for the major approved equipment for a period of four years, limited faculty / maintenance assistant etc., ( 1 Professor or 1 Reader ). The UGC assistance for the payment of salary for the posts approved, if any, will be from their date of appointment upto the date of completion of the approved duration of the programme. Thereafter, the State Government / University will have to take over the recurring liabilities. The UGC will not be responsible legally or financially for continuation of the filled up posts. Further that the UGC approval for vacant posts will lapse on the date of completion of the approved duration of the programme. However, the recurring grant for books, seminars, working expenses and maintenance would not be provided for the year if it is not claimed at least during the succeeding year. The seminar grants , if approved, may however be pooled together to organize one or two excellent but not routine type of seminar / conference / workshop with the permission of the UGC. The departments are , therefore , advised to render accounts for the earlier recurring grant and claim recurring grant for the year immediately after the year is over so that it does not lapse. The claim for other recurring items , as provided under the programme , will be considered based on the terms and conditions of the
grant as prevailing in the UGC. The department will submit a detailed year-wise statement of expenditure of grant with utilization certificate ( UC ) , duly signed by the Registrar / Finance Officer or Competent authority for release of further grants. One page write-up on academic teaching and research collaborating / existing activities for the year followed by the copy of the resolution of the Advisory Committee may be submitted in the prescribed format for such purpose. HOUSING AND INSTALLATION OF EQUIPMENT Building grant upto to Rs.15.00 lakhs may be provided for housing and installation of the new equipment for infrastructural development , approved under the programme and for making space and augmentation / extension / addition/ alteration / renovation of the laboratory facilities. This one time grant will be released in instalments after receipt of the estimate prepared by the University Engineer / Building Committee and duly forwarded by the university for consideration of the UGC. The major facilities include equipment and infrastructure development and other related items such as books and journals, creation of patent promotion and archival cell. A list of admissible items which may be considered within the financial limit, is enclosed as Annexure - II . ADDITIONAL GRANTS The UGC may also consider the following additional grants subject to the availability of funds under the programme : I. MAINTENANCE GRANT The Commission may provide maintenance grant on rate contract basis upto 5% of the equipment cost for the remaining period of the programme after the guarantee/warranty period is over. The proof of the warranty /guarantee is to be supplied in such cases. After the completion of the term, the University will have to assume responsibility for maintenance of the equipment purchased under this programme. The Expert committees are expected to ensure that the equipment which is already there in the Department and not obsolete may not be recommended further for purchase under the programme . The supported departments will submit the requests in the prescribed form (ANNEXURE-VIII) for consideration of the UGC. II. SUMMER INSTITUTE AND REFRESHER COURSES
(a) Support may be provided to conduct a Summer Institut