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Dr. DS Kothari Research Grant for Newly Recruited Faculty: The Dr. DS Kothari Research Grant is a prestigious funding opportunity for newly recruited faculty in India. The grant is named after the renowned Indian scientist and educationist, Dr. DS Kothari, who was instrumental in promoting scientific research and education in India.
The grant is aimed at supporting young faculty members who have recently joined academic institutions to undertake research projects in the areas of science, engineering, technology, humanities, and social sciences. The grant provides funding for up to three years to cover the cost of equipment, consumables, travel, and other expenses related to the research project.
The Dr. DS Kothari Research Grant is a highly competitive grant, and the selection process is rigorous and transparent. The grant is administered by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of India, and the selection is made by a panel of experts from various fields.
Receiving the Dr. DS Kothari Research Grant is a significant achievement for young faculty members in India, as it provides them with the resources and support to undertake cutting-edge research and establish themselves as independent researchers in their respective fields.
Eligibility of Dr. DS Kothari Research Grant
(i) Faculty members regularly appointed and working the following institutions are eligible to apply under the schemes:
- Universities (including constituent and affiliated colleges/institutions) included under Section 2(f) of UGC Act, 1956 and having valid accreditation from NAAC.
- Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956 and having valid accreditation from NAAC.
- Institutions fully funded by Central or State Governments and empowered to award Degrees.
- Institutions of National Importance
(ii) All teachers who are newly appointed at the level of Assistant Professor against permanent posts in university shall be eligible to receive financial support under the scheme.
(iii) The Assistant professor should possess Ph.D. degree with minimum five (5) research papers to his / her credit, published in journals of international repute.
(iv) The Assistant Professor should apply for the grant within a period of two years from the date of joining the post in the Department / University.
Tenure and Slots
Tenure: 2 years
(i) The quantum of support under the scheme is Rs.10.00 Lakh.
(ii) The grant can be utilized for purchasing items like minor equipment, consumables, contingencies, fieldwork, travel etc.
(iii) The grant cannot be used for international travel, purchasing furniture items or for appointing project assistant or research fellow.
(iv) The quantum of funds under these heads can be decided by the recipient depending on his / her needs.
(v) The items / equipment purchased from this grant shall be property of the University
(i) Online applications will be invited by the UGC for the Research Grant for newly recruited faculty members.
(ii) The applications will be evaluated by minimum of three referees assigned by the UGC as per area of research proposed by the applicant.
(iii) The evaluation includes the merit of the proposed project, the professional standing of candidate and the institution where the research is to be carried out.
(iv) On the basis of score received from the referees, the final merit list will be generated. The result shall be declared on UGC website (www.ugc.ac.in).
(v) Selected candidates can download their award letter through UGC website.
(vi) The whole process would be akin to that employed for manuscript handling and evaluation by leading international journals and will be a paperless exercise. No interim queries will be entertained.
(vii) The Commission reserves the right to withdraw/cancel the award of Research Grant without assigning any reason.
Activation of Dr. DS Kothari Research Grant
a. The faculty member shall join / activate the Research Grant within 3 months from the date of issue of Award letter failing which the Research Grant will be treated as cancelled. In special circumstances with due approval of the competent authority, the joining period may be extended for a maximum period up to 6 months from the date of issue of award letter.
b. The tenure of Research Grant shall commence from the release of first instalment of research grant.
Procedure for Release of Grants
The grant will be released in 3 installments to the university. Initially, 50% of the grant will be released on receipt of the joining report (Annexure-I). The next installment of 25% of the research grant shall be paid on submission of the utilization certificate (Annexure-II) of first installment.
The final installment of 25% of the research grant shall be released on reimbursement basis on submitting the claims and utilization certificate of second installment. However, the tenure to utilize the whole grant shall be 2 years from the release of first installment of research grant.
Note: No extension is permissible beyond the total period two years, at the end of which period the research grant ceases with immediate effect. Any claim/reference to the expenditure incurred beyond the tenure of two years will be illegal.
a. For every Fellowship/Scholarship/Research Grant scheme of UGC the beneficiary will have to submit a feedback in form of the report on the research work done on the web portal.
b. After completion of the research work the Institution concerned shall submit the summary of the awardee’s research work in the along with the research papers published.
Termination of Award
The Grant is liable to be terminated in case of:
b) The awardee is found ineligible later.
c) Any false/misleading information furnished by the awardee or any fraudulent activity by the Awardees shall lead to Penal action against him/her.
d) Plagiarism or unethical practices.
e) Any corrupt practices by the awardee.
f) Violation of terms and conditions of the fellowship.
Before terminating/cancelling the Grant, the faculty member shall be given reasonable opportunity to defend himself/herself.
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