Indore :  Research has always been one of the strongest areas of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV), a Grade A accredited university, but the same has taken a backseat these days, thanks to the University Grants Commission (UGC) that is not releasing funds under special assistance programme (SAP) scheme.

Due to non-availability of funds, research activities at this university are on hold for past one year and researchers are dismayed.

Recognising the research potential of DAVV, the UGC had awarded SAP to seven teaching departments of the university in year 2014 and 2015 but it did not allocate grants to these departments thus hitting research work.

“Not a single penny had been released by the UGC under SAP scheme in financial year 2015-16. Due to lack of funds, we had to put research activities on hold,” said Suresh Chand, head of School of Life Sciences.

In last one year, not a single penny has been allocated to UTDs awarded special assistance programmes

School of Life Sciences is among seven teaching departments that were awarded SAP. The other seven departments were: School of Economics, School of Education, School of Computer Science, School of Physical Education, School of Physics and School of Chemical Sciences.

Schools of Life Sciences, Economics, Education and Computer Science were awarded SAP in April 2014 and a grant of Rs 4.5 crore was approved to these departments.

After allocating a few lakhs to these four departments in financial year 2014-15 for salary of research scholars, UGC closed its coffers for DAVV, reason known best to the powers that be.

In 2015, the UGC awarded SAP to three more teaching departments viz Schools of Physical Education, Physics and Chemical Sciences but did not give any grant to them.

“Due to non-allocation of funds, research activities at DAVV were paralysed as we could not purchase equipment and other materials,” School of Economics head Ganesh Kawadia said.

These departments are among a few select departments at DAVV that are involved in academic research.

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