Utkal Fund to Promote Research among University Faculty

Published: 26th April 2016 07:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th April 2016 07:19 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR: The Utkal University is all set to start a research corpus from 2016-17 academic session to promote research among faculty members.

Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the university Ashok Das informed that the corpus will support at least 20 students every year for three years in their research pursuits. For the purpose, a corpus fund worth `25 lakh would be created by the university. While the institution’s Finance Committee and Syndicate have approved the proposal, the VC has now sought the nod of Chancellor of Universities and Governor SC Jamir for it.

For the last two years, the university had been requesting the State Government to set up the corpus to financially assist faculty members in research. As the Government did not pay heed, the university administration decided to start it with own funds.

“We are focusing on newly-recruited faculty members in the university and affiliated colleges who are below 45 years of age. “At least 15 faculty members can get a seed funding of `one lakh each annually and `two lakh each would be provided to four faculty members who come up with innovating research ideas that can be implemented for socially beneficial projects,” Das said, adding this will also help in getting more contributions to various science journals.

Plus Three Results Announced

The Plus Three final year examination results of 320 affiliated colleges were announced by Utkal University on Monday. While the pass rate of Arts stream was 88 per cent, it was 90 per cent for Science and 86 per cent for Commerce. Sandeepa Sathia of Stewart Science College in Cuttack topped the examination with 88.13 per cent. In Arts stream, a total of 14,451 students had appeared the examination of which 12,738 passed. The highest pass percentage has been reported in subjects of Geography and Education. In Science stream, the highest pass percentage was recorded in Zoology and Geology. Similarly for commerce, 1,788 students had appeared the examination and 1,544 of them cleared it.

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