School of Social Science of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya (DAVV), Indore has been selected under Centre with Potential for Excellence in a Particular Area (CPEPA) scheme of University Grants Commission.
DAVV is the only state university in Madhya Pradesh to clinch the status.
After UGC invited a team from the varsity, professor Ganesh Kawadia presented DAVV’s proposal in the first round. A team of professors Kanhaiya Ahuja, AK Singh and Rajneesh Jain presented their proposal on behalf of DAVV on December 16, 2015 in the second round.
With Centre with Potential for Excellence (CPE) status, the Commission will sanction a grant of minimum `5 crore for the university for research purposes. DAVV has requested for a grant of Rs 8.18 crore for research spanning across the coming five years.
The institute plans to conduct research focussed on “inclusive growth in rural areas”. Departments namely School of Social Sciences, School of Economics and School of Education will collaborate on the theme. Malwa and Nimar tribes feature among topics to be researched.
Earlier, DAVV had a CPE status in e-management, but its period expired and was not renewed by UGC after university officials failed to justify utilisation of Rs 3 crore as grant sanctioned under the scheme.
A DAVV spokesperson said the varsity will apply for University with Potential Excellence (UPE) status in 2016.
The institute failed to get a UPE status despite securing top grades from National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in 2014 as it lacked a CPE status.