Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University G.S.N. Raju has been appointed member of the high-level committee constituted by the Union Ministry of HRD, to drive up research performance of academic institutions in the country.
Prof. Raju is the only Vice-Chancellor from Andhra Pradesh and among the two V-Cs from the South, the other being V-C of Madras University R. Thandavan, to be made members of the committee, which is headed by Secretary to the Central Government’s Department of Biotechnology K. Vijay Raghavan.
“It would review the existing arrangement for funding of research, identify gaps and ensure more coordinated approach in research funding.
Develop a strategy for selective approach in allocation of research support to academic institutions to ensure that resources for research are used to the best advantage,” said Prof. Raju about the committee.
It would also develop a framework for excellence in research to ensure that increased funding would support the country’s most talented researchers and ensure that the country’s institutions reached the global benchmarks in research performance and create a framework for evaluation of research and rankings with a view to developing healthy competition amongst institutions, departments, centres and individual researchers, he added.
Rector E. A. Narayana, Registrar K. Rama Mohana Rao, principals of campus colleges D. Prabhakara Rao, G. Gnanamani, Ch.V. Ramachandra Murthy, B. Gangarao, and A. Subrahmanyam, Director of AU School of Distance Education N.L. Narasimha Rao, deans, officers, teachers, scholars and students congratulated Prof. Raju on his appointment as a member of an important committee.