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UGC Scholarships for rank holders at the Bachelors level

Following is from a UGC page.

Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship Scheme for University Rank Holders at Undergraduate Level for the academic session 2006-07.

The University Grants Commission, on the basis of a initiative of MHRD, had introduced Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship Scheme for University rank holders (in General and Honours Courses at Undergraduate levels) with the objective of attracting talents for pursuing post-graduate studies in basic subjects. The scheme is for non-professional courses only. The selection will be purely on merit basis. The awardees under this scheme can pursue their Post-Graduate programme in any area of specialization as also in any institution of higher learning in the country recognized by UGC under Section 2(f) and 12(B) of UGC Act.

Subjects identified at undergraduate level for the award of Scholarships

S.No. Subjects
1 B.Sc. (General)
2 B.A. (General)
3 B.Com. (General)
4 B.Sc. (Botany) (Hons.)
5 B.Sc. (Chemistry) (Hons.)
6 B.Sc. (Mathematics) (Hons.)
7 B.Sc. (Physics) (Hons.)
8 B.Sc. (Statistics) (Hons.)
9 B.Sc. (Zoology) (Hons.)
10 B.A. (Economics) (Hons.)
11 B.A. (English) (Hons.)
12 B.A. (Geography) (Hons.)
13 B.A. (Hindi) (Hons.)
14 B.A. (History) (Hons.)
15 B.A. (Philosophy) (Hons.)
16 B.A. (Political Science) (Hons.)
17 B.A. (Psychology) (Hons.)
18 B.A. (Sanskrit) (Hons.)
19 B.A. (Sociology) (Hons.)
20 B.A. (Urdu) (Hons.)
21 B.Com. (Hons.)


While in General Courses the First & Second Rank holders at under-graduate level in the above mentioned courses only admitted in any Post-Graduate courses would be awarded the scholarship

In Honours Courses scholarship will be awarded only to the First Rank Holder.

These awardees will have to submit the proofs of their merit position at undergraduate level as well as their admission in first year of Post-Graduate courses during 2006-07.

The scholarship would however, be subject to securing a minimum of sixty percent marks at undergraduate level.

Duration of Scholarships:       2 Years

Number of Scholarships per year:

General Course 1800
Honours Course 575
Total 2375

Rate of Scholarship:      Rs. 2000/- p.m.(10 months in a year)

Other Conditions:

A student who is awarded the Post-Graduate Scholarship will not be debarred from accepting any other Scholarship. But candidate is entitled for only one scholarship either PG Merit Scholarship for University rank holding or Indira Gandhi PG Scholarship for Single Girl Child.

Students desirous of leaving the studies mid-way without completing the PG degree will have to take prior approval from the UGC by submitting an application along with justification through the concerned university.

The University/College institution will have to submit a certificate of completion of the PG Course in respect of each student availing this scholarship.

Documents to be submitted at the time of application:

Proof of admission to Master�s degree course in a recognized Indian University.

Matriculation Certificate.

Verification certificate from the institution where the candidate has taken admission (Annexture-II)

University Rank Certificate at U.G. level (Annexure-III)

Procedure for application:

Eligible students who are pursuing postgraduate 1st year course in any of the above mentioned subjects in the current year, i.e. 2005-2006 may submit their application for the above scholarship (Annexure I) giving full details like name, father�s name, date of birth, permanent and postal address, name of the undergraduate course, percentage of marks obtained along with merit certificate, postgraduate, course being pursued etc. (with all relevant attested copies of documents).

The application may be submitted to Joint Secretary (NIC), University Grants Commission, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, New Delhi 110002 within 15 days from the date of publication of this advertisement.

Application received after the due date will not be considered. Those who have applied earlier need to apply fresh in response to this advertisement.

Candidates are advised before submitting application should read guidelines for the scheme which is available on UGC website

Envelops containing application should be marked as APPLICATION FOR PG MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FOR UNIVERSITY RANK HOLDER.

27 comments August 14th, 2007

More details on UGC’s support to Ravenshaw University has more details on UGC’ s support to Ravenshaw. Following are some excerpts.

Cuttack: The newly-formed Ravenshaw University (RU) has become eligible to receive Central financial assistance under section 12 (B) of UGC Act 1956. The university authorities recently received a letter from UGC undersecretary Urmila Gulati.

The communique states that: "The University shall abide by the instructions, guidelines, notifications, rules and regulations as issued by the UGC from time to time". It may be noted here that a team of members from UGC had visited the campus earlier this month to verify the facilities available at the university that was last year upgraded to its present status from an autonomous college.

As per the UGC norms, the varsity would now get an immediate assistance of Rs.1 crore for development under "Young University" scheme. "The Government is now going to abolish all existing posts of the erstwhile college and in their place, fresh recruitments will be made soon for the newly formed university," said Satyakam Mishra Registrar of RU.

Ravenshaw University is a state University which came in to existence on 15th November, 2006. The university has been upgraded from the erstwhile Ravenshaw College established in 1868 which was one of the oldest and largest autonomous colleges in India.

August 1st, 2007

From the UGC pages – financial support links

With an eye to help Orissa universities take advantage of the opportunities provided by UGC we will dig through UGC pages and find out and highlight programs, opportunities and initiatives.

We start with the page “” It has the following links:

Continue Reading 1 comment July 28th, 2007

Ravenshaw becomes eligible to get UGC funding

Devdas babu has done it! While universities like Fakir Mohan University, North Orissa University, BPUT and Utkal University of Culture are yet to get "funded by UGC" tag, Ravenshaw which was made a university on November 15 2006 has received UGC approval to get into the "funded by UGC tag." Mega kudos to Devdas Chhotray, the VC of Ravenshaw University, who made this possible within so short a time. Following is Sambada’s report on this.

The document has many details on what kind of funding UGC provides to state universities.


1 comment July 28th, 2007

Orissa government higher education web site and UGC list of colleges

The Orissa government’s higher education website is here. Following are some of the interesting links at that site:

  1. The list of government colleges in Orissa
  2. List of private Colleges by district and by block
  3. A list of colleges with disciplines they offer
  4. Another list of colleges

The above lists are incomplete as they are missing some colleges. There are colleges in list 3 and 4 that do not appear in 1 and 2. Well known private colleges such as Christ College and Stewart Science College do not appear in list 2.

The UGC also has lists of colleges and universities in various states. Following are some links.

  1. List of Colleges in Orissa: page 1 ; page 2; page 3
  2. List of Universities in Orissa
  3. List of autonomous colleges (page 2 contains the list for Orissa)

June 4th, 2007

Ravenshaw University is UGC approved: UCE Burla must be put on a similar path

Ravenshaw University now has UGC approval. It was only in November 2006 that it got approval from the Orissa assembly. Today’s Pioneer reports that it received UGC approval on Febriary 6th. It is now listed in the UGC website of universities in Orissa. Now it awaits the more important status of “Funded by UGC”.

UCE Burla, about which we discussed earlier in December, must be put on a similar path. It must ape BESU (Bengal Engineering and Science University) and CUSAT (Cochin University of Science and Technology) both of which are state universities and have the “Funded by UGC” status. See the UGC West Bengal and Kerala pages here and here respectively. In their attempt to improve UCE Burla, efforts are being made for it to get deemed university status. I think they should just go for a state university status and then go all out to get the “Funded by UGC” status. They should send a delegation to BESU and CUSAT to learn some of the secrets of their success.

2 comments February 26th, 2007

Utkal University at the National Level: an article in Dharitri by Prof. Santosh Tripathy

Following are some of the highlights mentioned in the above article.

  • Utkal University’s rank increased from 44 to 21 in the latest India Today ranking.
  • The Economics, Philosophy and Anthropology departments have received the Center for Advanced Studies designation for its research.
  • The Psychology department has had the Center for Advanced Studies designation for the last 25 years. This is a first with respect to any state university in India.
  • English and Odia programs are specially funded by UGC.
  • With the help of UGC, the programs of Tourism management, Journalism and Yoga under the departments of Ancient history of Utkal, General administration and Sanskrit, respectively, have created their independent identity.
  • All the Science departments of the university get independent funding from Department of Science & Technology of the Central government.
  • The Physics, Chemistry, Botany, Zoology and Geology departments have UGC funding and are part of the FIST program.
  • It has been announced that the Biotechnology department will get full support from the Department of Biotechnology of the central government for the next two years.

November 27th, 2011

Utkal University plans beyond the initiatives of the previous Sambalpur VC and plans to establish an engineering college

Following is an excerpt from a report in Telegraph by Priya Abraham

Utkal University is set to establish an engineering college in the capital.

… “The proposal to set up a new technical college has already been discussed by the syndicate and will be taken up by the academic council. The target is to start the new institute by the next academic session. A committee of experts will be set up to finalise the project,” Utkal University vice-chancellor P.K. Sahoo told The Telegraph.

“The team would discuss technical and academic aspects of the institute. Based on its recommendations, the institute will be set up,” said Sahoo.

The college will be located on the varsity campus and will have modern facilities and equipment. “We are trying to bring in diversification. For the staff salary, pension and modernising the varsity, there is a need for adequate funds. The UGC and state government have already asked state universities to try and raise their own funds. Only then can the varsity be self sustainable,” said the vice-chancellor.

Officials said a special budget would be sanctioned to make various provisions for the proposed institute.

However, this initiative by the university has surprised many people because technical education in the state is passing through a grim phase. About 22,000 of the 38,000-odd engineering seats are lying vacant. This number is around 5,000 more than last year.

… “There is definitely a lot of scope. Utkal University is a premier university and has earned a good name at the national level. Like all other self-financing courses that we have launched, this would also be a successful one,” said PG council chairman Pradip Kumar Sarkar.

Although there is a glut of engineering seats in Odisha with more than half the available seats unfulfilled, this is still a good move. This is along the lines of the recommendation by the Yashpal committee which recommended more well rounded universities. Having an engineering college as part of the university will make Utkal a more well-rounded university. In particular, being part of a university, the engineering program can take advantage of the existing university faculty in many disciplines (especially, English, Business, Economics, Psychology, Sciences, and Mathematics) and foster many cross disciplinary programs  and research projects.

This action also shows that the new Utkal VC is a man of action and is willing to take risks. This bodes well for Utkal.

ps —  We thank Prof. Arun Pujari, the immediate past VC of Sambalpur University, for having led the way in this direction by establishing SUIIT with several engineering programs and several other innovative programs. It is unfortunate that several locals and some activists could not understand his groundbreaking contributions and lobbied to deny him a second term. We hope that the new Sambalpur VC will continue the progress than Prof. Pujari made in Sambalpur.

November 19th, 2011

Three new schools with three new programs debut at Central University of Orissa Koraput

Following is from a report in Telegraph by Priya Abarham.

The University Grant Commission (UGC) has sanctioned three new schools under the Central University of Orissa in Koraput.

These include School of Development Studies, School of Basic Sciences and Information Sciences and School of Biodiversity and Conservation of Natural Resources.

Following the sanction, three new courses have been started under each school from this academic year and admissions to these courses have begun.

The university has launched MSc in biodiversity and conservation of natural resources under School of Biodiversity and Conservation of Natural Resources in collaboration with the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Chennai.

Similarly, MA in economics has been launched under School of Development Studies and a five-year integrated course in mathematics has been launched under School of Basic Sciences and Information Sciences.

…Plans are afoot to start School of Health Sciences next year. “In response to a letter from the UGC, a detailed project report for the proposed medical college and hospital has already been submitted,” she said.

Three other MoUs have been signed with Jamia Hamdard University for collaborative programmes in nursing and community health, Narayan Hrudayalaya for courses in vocational development programmes in medical industry specific areas, and Public Health Foundation of India for collaboration in teaching and research for partnership under School of Health Sciences. The varsity is in also talks with the district hospital of Koraput for collaborative programmes in health sciences and allied programmes in the state.

Prior to this year the university had the following schools and courses.

1. School of Languages
    a) English (30 seats)
    b) Oriya (30 seats)
2. School of Social Sciences
    a) Anthropology & Tribal Studies (30 seats)
    b) Sociology (30 seats)
    c) Journalism and Mass Communication (30 seats)

I appreciate the innovative strategy of the VC of getting help from reputed outside organizations for the new schools and new programs. Without that a young university  in a backward and hinterland district and with a small faculty would not be able to provide quality education in the initial years.

If the university gets approval for a medical college next year then that would be a great achievement for the VC. We wish her and the university the best in that effort.

October 25th, 2011

Odia University Bill to be tabled in Orissa Assembly shortly: Orissadiary

Following is from

the much talked Odia University Bill to be tabled soon in the assembly.  Today Speaker permitted the bill to table in the assembly for discussion.  Dr Sipra Mallick, MLA, Kendrapara took the consent of other MLAs to discuss on this bill. But it could not discussed due to lack of time.  

It is worth mentioned that this Odia University bill is much talked these days in all most all forums.  Demands were there from many corners for this bill so as to protect our art, culture, literature & to promote the same. Unlike universities like Telugu, Tamil Kannad this Odia University will work for the development of Odia language and the ethnicity of this Odia community.

The Odia University trust has been working for setting up this varsity in the state. But according to UGC the concern state govt must approve the bill. Hence since long this bill is pending. But now it’s a good news for the Odias in general if this bill gets approval in the assembly. 

August 27th, 2011

Orissa School of Mining Engineering (OSME) Degree Stream advertises for 26 faculty positions (Deadline: 20th September 2011)

Following is from


 Applications in prescribed format along with details of qualification, experience and contribution to profession/ research are invited from Indian Nationals for the regular faculty positions (Professor, Asst. Professor and Lecturer) in Orissa School of Mining Engineering (Degree Stream), Keonjhar. The posts given below shall carry the revised pay and AGP as per notification of the 6th Pay issued by the Government of Orissa.



Asst. Professor


Electrical Engineering



2 (UR 1, ST 1)

Mechanical Engineering



2 (UR 1, ST 1)

Mining Engineering



3 (UR 1, ST 1 SEBC 1)

Electronics Engineering



1 (UR)

Computer Science & Engg



1 (UR)

Civil Engineering



1 (UR)




1 (UR)








1 (UR)




1 (UR)




1 (UR)




1 (UR)




1 (UR)

* UR (Unreserved); ST (Scheduled Tribe) ; SEBC (Socially & Economically Backward classes )

* Qualification and experience for regular faculty positions:  AICTE/ UGC norms would be applicable.

Application are invited in the prescribed format (format and other details are available in our website Applicants should enclose two passport size photographs and one A/c payee DD for Rs. 500/- (Rs.100/- for SC/ ST candidates) in favour of Biju Patnaik University of Technology, drawn on any Nationalized Bank, payable at Rourkela. The applicant is required to indicate the post applied for and submit separate application for each post. The applications would be accepted only by Post; No Hand Delivery is acceptable. In-service candidates would have to submit a ‘No Objection Certificate’ from the employers at the time of interview. The last date of receipt of application by the undersigned at BPUT, UGIE Complex, Jail Road, Rourkela -769004 is 20.09.2011. Minimum eligibility does not ensure that a candidate will be called for interview and be selected for any post; the decision of the authorities is final. For details please refer to the University website

Principal Recruitment Click here to DOWNLOAD Application Form

August 21st, 2011

Current and Upcoming Education Hubs of India – Central, State, Private & Deemed Universities and University-like institutions in these places

The list below is culled from mutiple sources: Institutes of National Importance, Central Universities, State Universities, Private Universities, Deemed Universities and news items regarding upcoming universities. The color code below is red for centrally funded institutions, orange for state funded institutions, green for deemed universities, blue for private universities created by the state and black for unclear status. One exception is the "South Asian University" which is created by multiple countries; but inside India it is centrally funded.

  Mumbai Delhi-NOIDA-Gurgaon Kolkata Chennai
1 IIT Bombay IIT Delhi IISER Kolkata IIT Madras
2 Mumbai University (state) Delhi University (central) ISI Kolkata Anna University (state)
3 HBNI (deemed) JNU (central) IIM Calcutta Madras University (state)
4 TIFR (deemed) South Asian University IIEST Shibpur (prev. BESU) AMET University (deemed)
5 TISS (deemed) IIIT Delhi (state) West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences (state) The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University (state)
6 Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya (central) Indian Agricultural Research Institute (deemed) Calcutta University (state) Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University (state)
7 DY Patil Vidyapeeth, Navi Mumbai (deemed Univ)   Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (deemed) Jadavpur University (state) Tamil Nadu open University (state)
8 SNDT Womens University (state) Indian Law Institute (deemed) Rabindra Bharati University (state) Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (state)
9 Central Institute of Fisheries Education (deemed) Jamia Hamdard (deemed)  Presidency University (state) Bharath University (deemed)
10 Indira Gandhi Institute of Developmental Research (deemed) National Museum Institute of History of Art, Conservation and Musicology, National Museum (deemed)  West Bengal Univ. of Technology (state) Dr. M.G.R. University (deemed)
11 International Institute for Population Sciences (deemed) National School of Drama, Bahawalpur House (deemed)  West Bengal Univ. of Health Sc. (state) Sathyabama University   (deemed)
12 MGM Institute of Health Sciences, Navi Mumbai (deemed) National University of Educational Planning & Administration (deemed)  West Bengal Univ. of Animal & Fishery Sciences. (state) Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute (deemed)
13 Narsee Munjee Institute of Management Studies (deemed) Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthana (deemed)  RKM Vivekananda University (deemed) Sri Ramaswamy Memorial (SRM) University (deemed)
14 Institute of Chemical Technology (deemed) School of Planning & Architecture (deemed)  Netaji Subhas Open University (state) Meenakshi University (deemed)
Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapith (deemed) Aliah University (state) Saveetha University (deemed)
16   TERI School of Advanced Studies (deemed) West Bengal State University, Barasat (outskirts of Kolkata) Chennai Mathematical Institute (deemed)
17   Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences(ILBS) (deemed) Bidhan Chandra University Of Agriculture, Kalyani  (50 kms from Kolkata) Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science (HITS), Kelamballam,  (deemed)
18   National Brain Research Centre, Gurgaon (deemed) Kalyani University (50 kms from Kolkata) Sri Chandrasekharendra Saraswathi Vishwa Mahavidyalaya,
19   Manav Rachna International University
  St. Peter’s Institute of Higher Education and Research (deemed)
20   Lingaya’s University Faridabad (deemed)   Vel’s Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies (VISTAS) (deemed)
21   Jaypee Institute of Information Technology
A-10, Sector-62, Noida-201 307  (deemed)
  Chettinad Academy of Research & Education (CARE)
Kelambakkam, Kancheepuram Distt. 
22   Santosh University
Santosh Nagar,Ghaziabad
Uttar Pradesh. (deemed)

  Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development,
23   O.P. Jindal Global University
Sonepat (pvt)

  Vel Tech Rangrajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science & Technology (deemed)
24   ITM University
Gurgaon, Haryana
  B. S. Abdul Rahman Institute of Science & Technology
Vandalur, Kanchipuram
25   AMITY University, Gurgaon (pvt)   Anna University of Technology, Chennai (state)
26   Apeejay Stya University, Gurgaon (pvt)   Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University (state)
27   Amity University, Uttar Pradesh
Gautam Budh Nagar
  Tamil Nadu teacher education university (state)
28   Sharda University
Gautam Budh Nagar
Greater Noida (UP)
  Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (INI)
29   Noida International University (pvt.)   IIIT D &M, Kanchipuram (INI)
30   NIT Delhi   Indian Maritime University (central)
31   Ambedkar University (state)    
32   Delhi Technological University (state)    
33   GGS Indraprastha Vishwavidyalaya (state)    
34   National Law University (state)    
35   YMCA University of Sc. & Tech., Faridabad (state)    
36   Gautam Buddha University (state)    
37   Mahamaya Technical University, NOIDA (state)    
38   Jamia Millia Islamia (central)
39   IGNOU (central)    
40   Shiv Nadar University    
41   AIIMS Delhi    
  Mumbai Delhi-NOIDA-Gurgaon Kolkata Chennai


  Bangalore Hyderabad Pune Ahmedabad Jaipur Bhubaneswar
 1 IISc Bangalore IIT Hyderabad IISER Pune  IIT Gandhinagar NIT Jaipur IIT Bhubaneswar
 2 IIM Bangalore Univ of Hyderabad (central) University of Pune IIM Ahmedabad Rajasthan University (state) NISER Bhubaneswar
 3 National Law School of India Univ. (state) Osmania University (state) Bharati Vidyapeeth (deemed)  NID Amity University (pvt) Utkal University
 4 Bangalore University (state) IIIT Hyderabad DY Patil Vidyapeeth (deemed) Gujarat University (state) Jaipur national University (pvt) Orissa University of Agri. & Tech.
 5 IIIT Bangalore NALSAR  University of Law Symbiosis (deemed) Nirma University of Sc & Tech (pvt) Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Sanskrit University (state) Ravenshaw University, Cuttack
 6 Visvesvaraya  Tech Univ. (state) Acharya NG Ranga Agricultural University (state) Tilak Maharashtra (deemed) Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University (state) Rajasthan University of Health Sciences (state) National Law University of Orissa, Cuttack
 7 Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (state) B R Ambedkar Open University (state) Defense Institute of Advanced Technology (deemed) Gujarat Vidyapeeth (deemed) Suresh Gyan Vihar University. (pvt) Utkal University of Culture
 8 University of Agricultural Sciences (state) English and Foreign Language University (central) Deccan College (deemed) Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar (state) NIMS University. (pvt) KIIT (deemed)
 9 Christ University (deemed) JNTU Hyderabad Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics (deemed) DA-IICT (pvt) Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University. (pvt) SOA University (deemed)
10 Jain University (deemed) Nizam’s Institute of Medical Sciences Lalit Kala Vidyapeeth University (proposed) Pandit Deendayal Petroleum U, Gandhinagar. (pvt) LNMIIT (deemed) Sri Jagannath Sanskrit University, Puri
11 Alliance University (pvt) Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University   Kadi Sarva University, Gandhinagar. (pvt) Banasthali Vidyapeeth (72 kms from Jaipur) Sri Sri University (pvt) – act passed; expected to commence in 2012
12 Ajim Premji University (pvt) ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (deemed)   Ahmedabad University (pvt) I.I.S. University (deemed) ICFAI University (pvt) – act passed; but yet to commence
13 Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (deemed) Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture & Fine Arts University (state)   Charotar University of Science & Technology
Changa (pvt); 55 kms from Ahmedabad
Jagannath University (pvt.) AIIMS like Institute (To be operational in 2012 or 2013)
14  National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (deemed) Maulana Azad National Urdu University (central)   Ganpat University (pvt) Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women’s University (pvt.) Vedanta University, Puri (pvt.) – act passed in assembly but yet to commence
15 Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (deemed)     Calrox Teacher’s University
Ahmedabad (pvt)

Xavier University (pvt) – bill expected to be presented in 2011.
16 Indian Institute of Human Settlement, Bangalore.     Centre for Environmental Planning & Technology University (state)   MANY MORE in the pipeline.
17 Tipu Sultan University of Science & Technology (proposed)     Gujarat Technological University (state)    
18       Gujarat Forensic Sciences University (state)    
 19       Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar (central)
  Bangalore Hyderabad Pune Ahmedabad Jaipur  Bhubaneswar

11 comments July 27th, 2011

Excerpts from Mohandas Pai’s article on IITs possibly becoming less relevant

Following are excerpts from the Economic Times article.

The IITs have completed 50 years and have helped build India. They were set up for producing high quality technical human capital for India and have met their objectives. But, as is the character with such institutions, they have not changed with the times and are not providing India with what she now needs.

The IIT boards and the directors are unable to take any financial decision which they deem fit without the approval of the government . Even for an overseas travel of the director or the faculty, permission is needed. They are subject to austerity measures of the government, a perfect situation to emasculate an educational institution.

The demand for an IIT seat is enormous and has spawned a tutorial industry that earns more revenues than the IITs themselves. This has resulted in large number of students spending up to two years of their youth going to cramming schools learning pattern recognition, forgetting the art of thinking and problem solving knowing that their lives are made once they get entry into the hallowed portals. Today about 60% or more of the intake is from the coaching mandis. This has also resulted in many bright young Indians deciding not to undergo the ordeal and go overseas for higher education. 250,000 of them study overseas, over 110,000 in the United States, about 45,000 in the UK spending about $ 6bn on fees and costs annually

Overall , the 15 IITs graduate 7000 undergraduates, 6000 post graduates and about 1700 PhDs annually . Sadly only about 2% of the undergraduates go on to their masters and PhD in the IIT system. The IITs hold fast to the idea that by squeezing input they can get a quality output, an idea that has been consigned to the dustbin of history. Increasing the scale and size can give them the diversity of talent, the resources, the ability to have more quality faculty and the depth and width needed for an elite educational institution.

the IITs will live in their ivory tower and possibly become less and less relevant to India’s need as neither are they meeting India’s need for more human capital nor producing the kind of PhDs India needs.

The best solution is to open up the education system and allow competition, the dreaded word in academics, to come forth. India should revise her educational policies and allow the private sector to set up "innovation universities" granting them all that they need. Full autonomy, academic, administrative and financial to chart their own future. Some safeguards are needed, as this is a public good. A large corpus of say Rs 100 crore, an open merit based admission policy, a faculty compensation policy based on minimum UGC scales and an assurance that they will aim to be amongst the top 100 in the world over the next 25 years. To ensure access to the merited we need a national scholarship scheme which will fund students. India needs to trust the genius of her citizens to create institutions that are world class and not look at them through myopic eyes with suspicion.

Today there is a flight to quality. The bad colleges are dying since students have a choice, they are voting with their feet. The good ones are expanding and seeing greater demand. The market mechanism has worked, not by design but by serendipity. So there is hope. Look at various other sectors today. Bharti has made BSNL redundant and has given us a choice, Jet has overtaken Air India and given us a choice, the power system in Mumbai is still the best, and in education the Indian School of Business has turned our IIMs inside out. The IIMs actually want reform, expansion and are concerned about their future .

Competition and an open liberal environment for higher education will work .

I agree with most of the points made in the article and its arguments buttress the need for early approval of universities like the proposed Vedanta University.

One point where I disagree is the suggestion that 100 crores is a large corpus. If the goal is to be in the top 100 in the world, a corpus of 100 crores is very little. That is only 20-25 million USD. In comparison the corpus of Harvard and Stanford are of the order of 25+ Billion USD.


June 16th, 2011

Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies – ICSSR research institute in collaboration with Government of Odisha

Its web page is Following are excerpts from that page.

Nabakrushna Choudhury Centre for Development Studies was established in 1987 vide the Govt. of Orissa Resolution dated the 16th April 1987 in consultation with Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, as an autonomous body under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860. Thus, the Centre has been jointly sponsored by the ICSSR and Govt. of Orissa and receives matching maintenance and development grants from them on 50:50 basis.

Following are excerpts from the page about the location of this institute.

The Centre is situated in a prime institutional area, 6 Kms from the Bhubaneswar railway station, 10 Kms away from the Biju Patnaik International airport and 1.5 Kms away from the Jaydev Vihar Square on a very quiet and serene campus on 5 acres of land. It forms part of an institutional area covering Survey of India, IGNOU Regional Centre and Council of Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) on the one side and the Fortune Tower and Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar on the other side of the main road leading towards Nandan Kanan, the famous Zoological Park at the outskirt of the city.

It has a small faculty of 3 readers, 2 lecturers and one research associate. The director position is open after the recent passing away of Prof. Sakti prasad Padhi. The faculty are involved in research and guide students for their Ph.D. Following are excerpts from the page

At present, although the Centre does not have a formal M.Phil/Ph.D. programme unlike other ICSSR institutes, the faculty have been given recognition by the Utkal University to guide doctoral research on different topics. … the faculty members of the Centre are preoccupied with guiding many doctoral dissertations. Many such researchers registered with the Centre’s faculty either as regular UGC/ICSSR JRFs (Junior Research Fellows) or as private Ph.D scholars, have been awarded with doctoral degrees in economics, sociology and social anthropology in the past and quite a few others are on the verge of getting their degrees from Utkal University. …

The Indian Council of Social Science Research allocates three institutional doctoral fellowships (two ordinary and one salary protected) to the Institute every year. The NCDS offers these fellowships in economics, sociology and social anthropology. The selected candidates are given fellowship @ Rs.6000/- p.m. and a contingency grant of Rs.12000/- p.a. for a period of two years, which may be extended by one more year.

Following is the advertisement for its director’s position.

May 21st, 2011

Excerpts from TOI interview with the new Utkal University VC Dr. Prashant Kumar Sahu

The interview is at Following are some excerpts.

Q-The University is often in the news for the wrong reasons like mismanagement, student unrest, etc. What is your plan to bring Utkal University back on track?

A-I want Utkal University to be a centre of excellence and lead centre in research and consultancy works both at the national and international-levels. I studied here. I also taught here. I have a vision. I will try my best in making positive contribution towards achieving the goal during my tenure.


A-Actually we have to develop inter-disciplinary teaching and research. There is a need to restructure the post-graduate programme. One person cannot do this. Hence, I stress upon team work. In other words, different departments ought to sit together, discuss what is being taught to students and their relevance and, if required, redesign them. The changing scenario also warrants the university to reorient its focus, to be collaborative with industries which will eventually benefit the students and the institution as well.

Q-Any specific plan?

A-Professional and job-oriented courses are the need of the time. I have plans to open such programmes like fashion technology, geo-informatics and environment science. I will discuss with my colleagues and explore possibilities of opening other relevant courses.

Q-But Utkal University already has a number of such courses. Don’t you think before going for new ones those already there need to be reviewed to find out the net benefits they are giving to the students?

A-Sure, I agree the course module has to be so designed that students taking admission must not feel they are wasting their time and that they become truly employable. We have a lot of self-financing courses. I will review the course curriculum through experts and go for changes wherever necessary.

Q-Any move for foreign tie-up?

A-That is very much there in my mind. I will explore the possibility of Utkal University undertaking research or launching new course programmes in collaboration with foreign universities. The university has to have linkages with industries. This will go a long way in helping students. I will try to set up some school of studies. For example, management, economics, commerce and personnel management and industrial relations (PMIR) could jointly become a school of studies for the purpose of research and other academic activities.

… I am also a product of the IIM-Ahmedabad. I know management. Utkal University requires a professional and qualified vice-chancellor. I fit the bill.

Q-A good library has always been the most attractive place for students. Do you believe the Parija Library meets expectations?

A-A library is the mirror of any educational institution. I have taken it as my priority to improve the quality of the library in the campus. I will try to equip it with latest technology so that students could use it round-the-clock. I have already had a word with the chief librarian. I have sought for a wish list, to be submitted to me soon. Accordingly, we will proceed.

Q-There are also allegations of financial irregularities against the university. What are you going to do with that?

A-I am a professor of finance. I will streamline it.

Q-What about modernizing the administrative apparatus?

A-That is going to happen. There will be an academic calendar, to be followed religiously. The examination system will be completely computerized. On the whole, there will be greater use of information technology in the functioning of the university. Times have changed. We have to tune ourselves so as not to fall behind.

Q-Just buildings or computers do not foster the right kind of academic atmosphere in a university. That is why many educational institutions in India and abroad give stress on creating greenery in their campuses. Utkal University campus pathetically looks desolate.

A-Yes, that is a point no one should forget. I am taking steps. There will be a change.

I will add my thoughts on this soon. Please add your thoughts in the comments section. Please be polite.

My thoughts:

  • I disagree with the statement that "Professional and job-oriented courses are the need of the time". It was a few years back. Now, with so many new universities and colleges opening up, there is plenty of job opportunity in academic settings.
  • Thus, Utkal University should focus on improving the quality of its programs, its faculty, its research and its graduates and focus on research and producing top-notch Ph.Ds who go into academia all over India.
  • With the easy availability of data and information on publications, citations and various benchmarks based on that, many future decisions at MHRD, UGC, DST, etc. will be based on those data. If Utkal University does not focus on those benchmarks it will lose out and as a result Odisha will lose out.
  • It should aim to have the best group in some small number of fields, say 3-4. In other words, in those fields, Utkal University should be the best in India and among the top in the world.

7 comments May 6th, 2011

2011-12 Ph.D admission at NISER and IIT Bhubaneswar

Following is from

Institute Of Physics Campus,
PO- Sainik School, Sachivalaya Marg, Bhubaneswar,
Ph- 0674-2304000, Fax- 0674-2304070, E-mail-, web:-

Notice for Admission to Ph.D. Program for 2011-12 (Odd semester)

Applications are invited from Indian citizens for admission to Ph.D Program scheduled to commence from July 2011 in the following schools of basic sciences at NISER Bhubaneswar:

1. School of Biological Sciences
2. School of Chemical Sciences
3. School of Mathematical Sciences
4. School of Physical Sciences

The students should have qualified the CSIR-NET/GATE/JEST/NBHM or equivalent examination valid for the current year in the relevant area of research. UGC-CSIR JRF qualified candidates can avail the fellowship directly from UGC or CSIR, whereas, students selected for Ph.D program based on GATE scores, are eligible for Fellowship from NISER as prevailing in DAE.

NISER provides Rs.16,000/- as fellowship for Selected Candidates who opt for DAE Fellowship. The application form is available free of cost and can be downloaded along with the guidelines. Else, the form can be obtained by post, or in person, from the academic section, NISER Bhubaneswar. There is no application/entrance fee. To and Fro single 2nd sleeper Class railway fare will be provided to those candidates who are called for the test/interview.

The last dates: For postal requests for application Forms : April 25, 2011
To submit the filled-in application form : May 2,2011

For more details regarding Eligibility, Selection procedure, How to apply and other important details, download the guidelines ( ) and if needed consult the websites of different schools of NISER.



Following is from

No: IIT/Acad/Ph.D/Admn./2011-2012

Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar invites application for admission to Ph.D. Programmes in the following categories.

a. Regular full-time scholars with Institute fellowship.
b. Research scholars sponsored by and employed in industry/orgainsation having R & D facilities.

Schools and fields of Research

1) School of Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics) :

Physics : Fiber Sensors, Surface Plasmon, Nano & Bio-Photonics, Infrared & Terahertz Sensing, Spectrocopy and Imaging, Solar cell, Waveguide & Interferometer, Electron and ToF spectroscopy of biomolecules, clusters and atoms, Ion solid interactions, nanomaterials, Soft condensed matter physics, Nanostructured Materials, Functionilized Nanostructure and Devices, Optical Spectroscopy and Transport Properties, Multiferroics, Superconductivity, Quantum magnetism in low dimensional system, Geometrically frustrated system, Magnetic nanostructures and thin films.

Chemistry : Organometallic Chemistry; Homogeneous Catalysis; Supramolecular Chemistry; Crystal Engineering; Organic Solid State Chemistry; Nanomaterials; Polymorphism; Coordination Chemistry; Materials Chemistry; Molecular Modelling; Magnetochemistry; Synthesis of natural products and modified nucleic acids; Spectroscopy; Bio and Protein Chemistry; Theoretical Chemistry (Statistical Mechanics), Organometallic Chemistry, Catalysis for Fine Chemicals, Biophysical chemistry.

Mathematics: Functional Analysis, Artificial Neural Network, Geometric Programming, Queuing Theory, Applied Probability models and Stochastic models in the theory of queues, mathematical finance, Dynamical systems, Complex Dynamics, Fractals, Optimization Techniques.

2) School of Earth, Ocean & Climate Sciences : Environmental Earth Science, Hydro Geochemistry, Water – rock interaction, Biogeochemistry.

3) School of Electrical Sciences (Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Instrumentation Engineering): Digital Signal Processing, Soft and Evolutionary Computing, Sensor Network, Intelligent Instrumentation, Digital/Image/Distributed Signal Processing, Opto Electronics and Optical Communication, Computational Electromagnetics and Antenna Design, Metamaterials, RFID, Satellite Communication, Power system protection, Smart grids, Electric drives and Control, Power quality, custom power devices, renewable energy sources (wind and solar).

4) School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Management: Indian English Literature, Commonwealth studies, Indian Diaspora Literature, Autobiographical Travel Literature and Memoirs, international and interregional trade, Rural development and planning, Banking and Finance, Labour economics, Consumer Psychology, Psychology of Personality, E-Commerce, Clinical Psychology, Environmental Economics and Natural Resource Management, Valuation of Natural Resources.

5) School of Infrastructure (Civil Engineering): Structural Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, Transportation Engineering Structural Dynamics, Earthquake Engineering, Disaster Mitigation Engineering, Concrete.

6) School of Mechanical Sciences (Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical & Materials Engineering) : Conjugate Heat Transfer, Thermal Engineering, Radiation Modelling, CFD/HT, Transport Phenomena in Material Processing, Ultrafast Radiation Heat Transfer, Technical Acoustics, Noise and Vibration, Industrial Noise control, Composite Materials, Finite Element method, Probabilistic Mechanics, Deterministic & Random Vibration, Sandwich structures, Solid mechanics, Smart composite structures, IC engine, Heat transfer, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Industrial Engineering, Logistics, Supply Chain Management, Quality Control, Production Planning and Control, Optimisation Techniques.


PhD (Engineering): 60% marks or 6.75 CGPA in M. Tech/M.E with consistently good academic record OR B.Tech/B.E with 70% or 7.5 CGPA with valid GATE Score (Very Good) and consistently good academic record

PhD (Science): 1st class in M.Sc./ M. Tech with consistently good academic record (equivalent CGPA) and valid GATE/NET CSIR/UGC score

PhD (HSS): 55% marks or equivalent CGPA in Master degree with UGC/NET score OR M. Phil degree

How to Apply: Application form, downloadable from, should be sent to Assistant Registrar (A&E), IIT Bhubaneswar, Samantapuri, Bhubaneswar, Orissa – 751013 along with a Demand Draft of Rs.200/- (Rs.100/- for SC/ST candidates) drawn in favour of "IIT Bhubaneswar" on any nationalized bank payable at Bhubaneswar. Please superscribe ‘Application for Admission to PhD programme’ on the envelope. Application form may also be obtained from the Academic Section, IIT Bhubaneswar against a demand draft on every working day.

Important Dates : Application forms can be submitted throughout the year. Last date for submitting application form for Autumn 2011-12: 13th May 2011.

3 comments April 25th, 2011

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