The government of Odisha has increased the seed capital given to faculty members to carry out research work from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh. Odisha’s State Council for Higher Education (OSHEC) has increased seed funding after reviewing the researchers’ requests and reviewing their plea.
The state government has provided seed funding to young faculty members under its Odisha University Research and Innovation Incentivization Plan (OURIIP). Funding is provided to selected researchers to help them conduct quality research. Earlier, the amount was Rs 5 lakh and now the government has increased it by Rs 2 lakh, The Times of India reported.
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Under the scheme, any faculty member under the age of 45 can apply for seed funding. The person must have a PhD and must work as a regular faculty in a public state university and college, both by the government and with assistance, under the department of skills development and technical education or the department of higher education. In addition, an appropriate research proposal is also required.
Once the faculty is selected for the seed funding, he is expected to produce approximately two research publications per year, at least one of which will appear in the top-indexed journals. In addition, the faculty is expected to also engage in funded research projects from national agencies by the end of the two-year period.
The OSHCE has invited applications from young faculties of various colleges and public public universities to conduct research by seeking seed funding from the state government. Every year 40 teachers get the chance to get the funding.
Interested candidates can send their research proposals to HED website dheodisha.gov.in and OSHEC website oshec.nic.in. The seed funding scheme expects the involved faculty to produce approximately two research publications (minimum one in Scopus Indexed Journals) per year. They are also expected to write and secure the funded research projects of national agencies by the end of the two-year seed funding period.
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