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UGC's scholarship to benefit 1,000 students

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BANGALORE, JAN. 8. One thousand meritorious students across the country would benefit from the UGC Suvarna Jayanti scholarships, the Vice-Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, said here on Thursday. "The scholarships are for postgraduate studies from the coming academic year in conventional subjects such as humanities, languages, literature, commerce, and basic sciences. The students will be paid Rs. 2,000 per month for two years. Selection will be on a national basis and distribution of different subjects will depend on the proportionate enrolment in various PG courses," Mr. Pillai told presspersons.

Another new scheme was to provide grants up to Rs. 2 lakhs each to UGC recognised colleges for expenses connected with the accreditation and assessment process. This would come into effect from April and help a large number of colleges that could not seek accreditation, and benefit up to 6,000 colleges in the country, Mr. Pillai said.

The UGC would also offer the "Professor of Eminence" scheme sanctioned by the Union Human Resource Development Ministry to 500 teachers in universities. "There will be a national selection based on the applicant's contribution to teaching and research which has to match international standards. A UGC committee of experts will do the screening; there is no age or designation limit and the professors of eminence will be paid Rs. 10 lakhs to Rs. 15 lakhs and provided research facilities," Mr. Pillai said.

The Joint Secretary of the UGC's South Western Regional Office here, which looks after Karnataka and Kerala, Krishnaswamy, spoke.

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