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To decide allotment of grant from 10th Five Year Plan

To demand fellowship grant to encourage research activities Plans to offer 50 fellowships

SALEM: A four-member inspection committee of the University Grants Commission (UGC) will visit Periyar University on January 30 and 31 to decide the allotment of grants for the University from the 10th Five Year Plan.

This is the first time the university will be receiving Five Year Plan grant.

The university has recently received the 12B Status too from the UGC.

The varsity will also request the committee to provide funds for the creation and establishment of new research departments.

It is already having 12 departments and aiming to open a few more departments in the coming years, Vice-Chancellor of the University T. Balakrishnan said.

Financial assistance

It will also request financial assistance for the construction of buildings for library, guesthouse and hostel for the research scholars.

It requires assistance for procuring instruments for its departments and creating other necessary infrastructure facilities on the campus.

"We are also going to ask fellowship grant from the UGC to encourage research activities. We are planning to offer 50 fellowships," Mr. Balakrishnan said.

Requirements

The university has created its research departments recently and that several important facilities are yet to be established to make all the departments function in a full-fledged manner. "We will show the activities of the university and explain our requirements to the committee. We will seek liberal assistance from the UGC for the development of the university," the Vice-Chancellor said.

The inspection committee includes convener of the committee S.K. Tharat from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Professor S.M.S. Chauhan from the University of Delhi, Professor Devaraj Urs from the University of Mysore and Co-ordinating Officer of the UGC S. Gelani.

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