University of Calcutta


UGC Networking Resource Centre in Physical Sciences

The recommendation of the MHRD task force for Basic Scientific research in Universities as approved by the Government of India stated that " There is a need to create 10 networking centres in basic sciences (two centres each in Physical Science, Chemical Science, Life Science, Materials Science and Mathematical Science) in leading departments of Universities in different parts of the country to promote collaborative research, access to advanced facilities and imparting training in frontier areas. These centres should be supported on a long term basis in a substantial manner to enable them to realize internationally competitive status. The system of both Winter and Summer Schools must be supported. Each subject area of basic sciences may offer up to ten programs a year. There should be provision for Visiting Fellowships for faculties within the country. The University Grants Commission accepted the guidelines proposed by the Empowered Committee for establishing the UGC Networking Centres. It was decided to identify three UGC networking Centres during the year 2007-2008, one each in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Chemical Sciences. Accordingly, proposals were invited from SAP departments indicating the areas of Summer/Winter schools, types of training, available infrastructure, laboratories, equipment etc as well as expertise of faculties, and awards and honours received by them. The proposals were considered by the Empowered Committee and after their scrutiny Centre of Advanced Study in Radio Physics and Electronics (CASRPE), University of Calcutta, was invited to make a presentation at the UGC office, New Delhi, on November 20, 2007. The Empowered Committee advised the CASRPE to submit a revised proposal specifying the number of intakes in each type of training, proposed plan of work, etc. The revised proposal submitted by CASRPE was given careful examination by the Empowered Committee, who decided to invite the representatives once again to meet them for further discussions. The date of the meeting was February 5, 2008. In the meeting the Empowered Committee informed that the Department of RPE has been selected as the Networking Centre. It is to be noted that this department is the sole Centre in Physical Science in the country. The Centre will receive a fund of Rs. 5.00 crores for a period of 5 years. Apart from holding summer/winter schools (~ 10 in 5 years) on well defined topics for faculties and researchers, the Centre will impart short term training to Ph.D and postdoctoral workers from other institutions of the country and allow them to share the expertise, equipment, internet, library and other facilities available in the department. The Faculties in the department will also advise fresh Ph.D. holders to initiate research programmes in emerging areas and help them train new Ph.D. workers. Students pursuing M.Sc., B. Tech and M. Tech courses will be given summer and vacational training. The Centre also plans to hold workshops in north eastern regions. A website and a photobrochure are to be developed giving details of faculties, equipment and other facilities available, areas of training, topics of summer/winter schools, application formats for interested persons, etc. The complete list of academic programmes under the UGC-NRCPS is given in Annexure XII. A few Ph.D. workers and faculties also visited the Centre and discussed their problems with the mentors. UGC NRCPS Review Report
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