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UGC approves STRIDE: Scheme to strengthen research projects in Colleges & Universities

In this article, we are going to share the details of the new scheme initiated by UGC – STRIDE (Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy) on 1st July 2019. Know the STRIDE Initiative, Objectives and Components in detail here.

Jul 2, 2019 14:43 IST
UGC approves STRIDE: Scheme to strengthen research projects in Colleges & Universities

As per the official notification released by Ministry of Human Resource Development, UGC has approved a new initiative known as STRIDE (Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy) on 1st July 2019. Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal  Nishank, Union Minister HRD Minister, shared his views on STRIDE and said that ‘STRIDE scheme will strengthen research culture and innovation in colleges and Universities and help students and faculty to contribute towards India’s developing economy with help of collaborative research’. He further added that ‘focus on Humanities and Human Sciences will boost quality research on Indian languages and knowledge systems’. Let’s look at some key initiatives of the new scheme ‘STRIDE’ in detail:

Key Initiatives of UGC under STRIDE

1. Research Project - STRIDE will provide support to research projects that are socially relevant, locally need-based, nationally important and globally significant.

2. Research Capacity Building - STRIDE shall support research capacity building as well as basic, applied and transformational action research that can contribute to national priorities with focus on inclusive human development.

3. Innovation - STRIDE shall support creation, development and integration of new ideas, concepts and practices for public good and strengthening civil society.

UGC’s STRIDE Objectives

1. To identify young talent, strengthen research culture, build capacity, promote innovation and support trans-disciplinary research for India’s developing economy and national development.

2. To fund multi institutional network high-impact research projects in humanities and human sciences.

UGC’s STRIDE Components

S.No

Component

Details of Components

Grant

1

Identify the motivated young talents

Endeavour would be made to identify the motivated young talents with research and innovation aptitude in universities and colleges. The Scheme will provide research capacity building in diverse disciplines by mentoring, nurturing and supporting young talents to innovate pragmatic solutions for local, regional, national and global problems.

This component is open to all disciplines for grant upto 1 crore.

2

Enhance problem solving skills

Trying to enhance problem solving skills with help of social innovation and action research to improve wellbeing of people and contribute for India’s developing economy. Collaborations between universities, government, voluntary organizations and industries is encouraged under this scheme.

This component is open to all disciplines for grant upto 50 lakh – 1 crore.

3

Fund high impact research projects

Effort would be made to fund high impact research projects in the identified thrust areas inhumanities and human sciences through national network of eminent scientists from leading institutions. Disciplines eligible for funding under this component include: Philosophy, History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Psychology, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, Indian Languages and Culture, Indian Knowledge Systems, Law, Education, Journalism, Mass Communication, Commerce, Management, Environment and Sustainable Development.

Grant available for this component is upto 1 crore for one HEI and upto 5 crores for multi institutional network. To encourage high quality high impact research in humanities, there is a provision to identify experts and invite them to develop a proposal. UGC is also proposing to provide a grant of Rs 2 lakh for developing proposals.

Important Dates for STRIDE

Date

STRIDE Events

1st July 2019

UGC approved STRIDE

8th July 2019

Details of the scheme will be available on UGC website

20th July 2019

Call for proposals will be announced by the UGC

31st July 2019

STRIDE web portal will be open for receiving applications

All the applications will have to be submitted online. Award of grant will be based on merit of the project proposal. STRIDE scheme proposals will be carefully evaluated with help of peer review and assessment by expert committees. Shortlisted applicants may be invited for presentation. As per the data shared by R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary HRD Ministry, over 608 districts waiting to be explored with a database of over 3 lakh technological ideas.