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Takes charge

H.P. Dikshit, Vice-Chancellor, IGNOU took additional charge as Chairman, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) on November 24.

Scholarship scheme

The Human Resource Development Ministry has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to revive the dormant scholarship scheme for research scientists and withdraw court cases against many of them.

The implementation of the scheme, especially in the last five years, had caused serious friction between the scientists and the UGC leading to a number of litigations in various courts of the country.

In all cases, the UGC lost out but went on appeals in higher courts leading to a situation where it was spending a vast amount of money in litigations and the scientists had a feeling of gross harassment, an official release said.

The Ministry has now directed the UGC that it need not pursue the cases against scientists and asked it to reintroduce the scheme for research scientists under which researchers were to be appointed by the UGC in three grades such as scientist Grade A, B and C equivalent to lecturers, readers and professors under the laid down pay-scales.

The Ministry has also constituted a committee, headed by eminent scientist C.N.R. Rao, to work out modalities of the scheme, the release said.

The UGC had floated the scheme of research scientists in 1983/84 with the objective of providing research facilities to bright young researchers.

In all, 200 positions were created, 100 for science subjects and the remaining for social science subjects.

According to the scheme, the Researchers were to be granted award initially for a period of five years and the work was to be evaluated before the expiry of the five-year period so that the award could either be withdrawn or continued.

Sanskrit varsity

The All-India Sanskrit Conference has urged the Karnataka Government to establish a separate Sanskrit University and Sanskrit academy in the State.

The conference said a separate university for Sanskrit was necessary for the propagation and development of language and literature.

Union Minister for Programme Implementation, Oscar Fernandez appealed for setting up a Sanskrit University in Udupi.

`Hazrat Mian

Mir Chair'

The Punjab Government has established a `Hazrat Mian Mir Chair' at Guru Nanak Dev University. Vice-Chancellor of the University, S.P. Singh, said that the Chair had been established in the name of Sufi Saint, Hazrat Mian Mir, popularly known as Sai Mian Mir, who was a contemporary of Fifth Guru, Guru Arjan Dev Ji. The Guru bestowed the honour upon Sai Mian Mir for laying the foundation Stone of Sri Harimander Sahib. Hazrat Mian Mir was a symbol of Sikh Architecture and Town Planning.

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