It has received grants amounting to Rs. 200 crore in the past four years

The University of Mysore has become “rich”.

In a span of three to four years, it has been flooded with funds from the Government of India, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and research institutions.

The university has been sanctioned grants to the tune of nearly Rs. 200 crore for academic and infrastructure development.

The Ministry of Human Resource Development recognised the university as an ‘Institution of Excellence' and sanctioned Rs. 100 crore. So far, the university has received Rs. 66.66 crore from the Union Ministry, and the funds are being utilised on various activities, according to the university.

The UGC recently gave the university the status of ‘University with Potential for Excellence'.

Under this, the university is entitled to a grant of Rs. 50 crore. Under the ‘University with Potential for Excellence in Particular Area', a grant of Rs. 4.3 crore has been sanctioned, and Rs. 2.3 crore has been released.

The Department of Science and Technology has sanctioned Rs. 9 crore to the university under the ‘Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence'. Under the scheme, the university received Rs. 3 crore.

During the XI Plan period, Rs. 18.52 crore had been sanctioned under the UGC Development Grants and grants under merged schemes. The university has, so far, received Rs. 4.7 crore. The UGC Special Assistance Programme status has been given to 13 departments with financial assistance of Rs. 1.2 crore.

A Kannada classical language project has been given to the university with a grant of Rs. 2. crore. A sum of Rs. 1 crore has been released.

A sum amounting to approximately Rs. 10 crore has come to the university in the form of major research projects from the UGC, DST and DBT.

The Government has sanctioned Rs. 30 lakh, and Rs. 15 lakh had been released.

The initiatives taken up under the ‘Institution of Excellence' include ‘Creation of Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity, Bio-prospecting and Sustainable Development' and strengthening teaching and learning and research infrastructure, according to the university.

A new building for housing the centre of excellence is under construction, and will be completed by June 2012 at an estimated cost of Rs. 10.25 crore. Interdisciplinary research groups have been identified to carry out research objectives under the centre of excellence.

Around 50 faculty members and 45 research scholars from departments of Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Science, Food and Nutrition, Geology, Institute of Development Studies, Microbiology, Physics, Sericulture and Zoology are working on the project.

Hi-tech equipment have been installed at the centre of excellence, which has been housed at a centralised facility until the new building was ready. During the second phase, equipment such as nuclear magnetic resonance, X-Ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscope, gas chromatography, live cell imaging system would be procured at a cost of Rs. 10 crore for the centre, the university said.

A digital information resource centre has been established with 120 computers and the central library on the Manasagangotri campus. Two digital information centres have been set up at Hassan and Mandya research centres with 40 computers each. A digital information resource has been set up at Chamarajanagar satellite centre with 20 computers.

  • UGC recently gave the varsity the status of ‘University with Potential for Excellence'

  • Under this, the university is entitled to

    a grant of Rs. 50 crore