Panjab University (PU) has been selected among the top fourteen universities of the country, for funding under the promotion of university research and scientific excellence (PURSE) programme.
PU is the only university in the region of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Chandigarh and Haryana, to be in the list of the top 14 universities.
It is ranked third in the list, which is topped by Delhi University followed by Hyderabad University.
The department of science and technology had selected PU under the promotional programme for research and scientific excellence programme, under which PU will receive a grant of Rs 34.8 crore in the period from 2014-18, said an official spokesperson.
A PU statement said the union science and technology department secretary T Ramasami informed the PU vice-chancellor Arun Grover about this in a recent communiqué.
The central government secretary had also congratulated the PU V-C and the university for its improved research and development performance.
He said, "PU has been ranked among the top three in the coveted list of 14 top
Indian universities selected under this programme based on its h-index, which is a measure to assess the quality of research in science. In the period of 1996 to 2006, PU recorded 50 plus h-index among the top three universities."
The PURSE was launched in 2008 based on the independent evaluation of scientific publication emanating from the university sector using the Scopus database for the ten year period. PU was also part of the selected club of 14 universities in the first PURSE grant scheme.
PU, with its 75 teaching and research departments, besides 15 centers/chairs for the teaching and research on the main campus at Chandigarh, has more than 192 affiliated/constituent colleges in Punjab and Chandigarh, besides, regional centres at Muktsar, Ludhiana, Hoshiarpur and Kauni. In addition, there is the Vishveshvaranand Vishva Bandhu Institute of Sanskrit and Indological Studies (VVBIS and IS) at Hoshiarpur.
Other universities selected under the programme include University of Delhi, Banaras Hindu University, University of Hyderabad, Jadhavpur University, Anna University, University of Pune, University of Madras, Aligarh Muslim University, University of Rajasthan, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, University of Mumbai, Karnataka University and Andhra University.