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Indore: DAVV gets 15 more days to apply for Rs 65 crore grant


Indore: Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, which is expecting a grant of Rs 65 crore from World Bank Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Quality Improvement Project, has got an additional 15 days to send proposal for the funds.

“The WB will extend a grant of Rs 65 crore to the University for improving infrastructure and quality of education.  The last date to send proposal to state government, through which funds will flow, was July 15 but it has now been extended by a fortnight,” said vice-chancellor Dr Narendra Dhakad.

The WB grant is five times to what University Grants Commission (UGC) allocates to DAVV under five-year development plan. With this amount, the university can not only improve its infrastructure but can also improve its facilities, library and can send its teachers abroad for upgrading their skills.

“The World Bank grant is huge and we are hopeful of getting it this year itself,” said Dhakad. A proposal for the funds has been sought by World Bank under its Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Quality Improvement Project. Dhakad said that they would submit the proposal by July 30. Under Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Quality Improvement Project, the WB has decided to pump in Rs 2,000 crore in select educational institutions of the state.

The project envisages centres of excellence in select colleges and university departments so that best learning practices and research is ensured. It would provide scholarships, upgrade faculty skills and extend technical assistance for institutions.

“However, only government-run universities and colleges are entitled for the grant which will flow via Department of Higher Education,” said Prof Abhay Kumar, professor in-charge of development cell at DAVV. He said the project envisages six centres of excellence in each university and one centre in each government college. But WB has signalled for approving eight centres at DAVV.

As per conditions of project, the institutions vying for WB funds had to undergo a training programme at Indian Institute of Management Indore before applying for the grant. The DAVV team of professors underwent the training programme in last week of February.

“Teams of some universities had not attended the programme so representatives of the WB asked DAVV to send proposal for setting up of centres of excellence at eight teaching departments instead of six,” said Kumar.

Eight teaching departments to get funds

Kumar said that they were asked to select five departments that run science and engineering courses, two offering humanities course and one department which is running management course. He said that they made the selection and have seen their initial presentation.  The departments running science courses include School of Electronics, School of Computer Science and IT, School of Chemical Sciences, Institute of Engineering & Technology and Educational Multimedia Research Centre.

As per project rules, these departments are to get a grant of Rs 10 crore each. The rest three departments are School of Education, School of Social Sciences and Institute of Management Studies. These three departments are to get Rs 5 crore each.