Scientific research at Delhi University received Rs.40 crore more. For the year 2014, DU received highest grant, sanctioned by The Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence. DU got selected among 14 universities of the country.
Instituted in 2008, the grant is awarded to universities based on a “H-index”. H-index measures the output and efficiency of the researcher as well as the impact/effect of the research done.
According to the DST Department’s website, the H-index is “based on the set of the researcher’s most cited papers and the numbers of citation that they have received in other people’s publication.”
The grant is offered to provide support to the research performing universities with the resources. Resources such as procuring all logistics required for efficacy of a better research. Besides, grant helps to organizing scientific conferences and workshops, meet the travel costs and maintains the facilities.
From the University statement, it has been known the DST to have released Rs.30 crore grants earlier in 2009, offered to the DU, having the highest H-index.
Lecturers, are delighted to have appreciated their constant endeavor for research, when notified about the new grant, however, they also supposed that it is yet to see how the university is going to productively use the given funds.