State trying to get additional funds for Goa University

Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant said that the state government is trying to get additional funds of Rs 200 crore for Goa University (GU).

The Union Education Ministry had sanctioned a grant of Rs 100 crore to Goa University (GU) under the Multidisciplinary Education and Research Universities (MERU) scheme of the Pradhan Mantri Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (PM-USHA).

“We have submitted a proposal for Rs 330 crore, however, in the first step we have received Rs 100 crore. It is a proud moment for me and the university. We are trying our best to get another funding of 200 crore. Our education secretary and vice-chancellor have given the presentation and documents have been submitted,” said Dr Sawant.

The Chief Minister was speaking at the program organised by Goa University to telecast the digital launch of the project by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Goa University campus, Taleigao.

Also present on the occasion were Rajya Sabha MP Sadanand Shet Tanavade; Subhash Shirodkar, Water Resources Minister; and Prof Harilal Menon, Goa University Vice-Chancellor among others.

Dr Sawant said that the remaining grants when received would be utilised for creating technology and innovation. He further said that all grant-in-aid and unaided institutions should apply to seek such funds.

“Today the Government of India has given a lot of scope for research. If anyone wants to conduct research in their college, the Government of India is providing all necessary support to carry out the research,” he said.

He urged all professors, educationists, and faculty members to work towards promoting research in the state and said it will encourage youth to take up research in the future.

“Goa has witnessed a lot of change in the education sector in the last 10 years which can be seen in various institutions established in the state including the National Forensic Sciences University, and National Institute of Water Sports, among others,” he said.


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