The University Grants Commission has approved funding of Rs 1.45 crore to Himachal Pradesh University (HPU) for conducting a study and research on Himalayan biodiversity and utilization of bioresources. The funds have been provided under the special assistance programme (SAP) for another five years.
"The UGC has sanctioned the funds in recognition to the hard work done by teachers and researchers at the varsity's biosciences department through constant efforts to raise the quality of teaching and research. The special assistance programme is aimed at teaching and research to encourage group research efforts in pursuit of excellence, which this university proved through quality research at its biosciences department," HPU vice chancellor ADN Bajpai said.
He stated the biosciences department had already completed the first phase of the special assistance programme from 2007 to 2012.
"Under this head the department received Rs 38 lakh from the University Grants Commission and Rs 34 lakh from the science & technology ministry under Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST) programme. The funds sanctioned by the UGC are an upgrade to the presentation made by the biosciences department," Bajpai added.