Pune: Universities from all over India presented the progress under the Promotion of University Research and Scientific Excellence (PURSE) program and how the program has strengthened the research ecosystem for conducting scientific research in the university system.
At the 9th Meeting of the Programme Management Board on PURSE, a total of 32 Universities presented their progress in terms of research highlights, publication output and impact of PURSE.
PURSE is an incentive-based proactive scheme initiated by R&D Infrastructure division of the Department of Science & Technology (DST) to empower the universities to achieve scientific excellence. It has been designed innovatively to strengthen the research in niche areas at leading universities across the country with the help of adequate financial support and associated flexibility.
Since the initiation of PURSE in 2009, a total of Rs 900 crore has been invested by the Department of Science & Technology to support 50 top-performing universities. This initiative of the department has played a pivotal role in rejuvenating research across leading universities in India.
The Program Management Board of PURSE also deliberated upon the future restructuring of PURSE based on I10 index of faculty members in the universities along with the H index which may use to formulate the new criteria for selecting universities for the program.
This information was provided by the Communications Team at the Dept. of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology.
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