Every Year, the University Grants Commission conducts UGC Research Award ceremony to praise the brilliant contributions made by talented Researchers & Lecturers.
UGC Research Awards are presented to glorify such skilled people, who have given outstanding contribution in various fields of Scientific Research.
Below, we have provided detailed information regarding all the UGC Awards for Teaching and Research.
Following categories of UGC Research Awards 2020-2021 are presented to the talented candidates.
UGC started presenting Hari Om Ashram Trust Awards to brilliant scientists in 1974.
As per the different fields of research, the UGC Hari Om Ashram Trust Awards are further divided into the following categories –
The Jagdish Chandra Bose Award for Research in Life Sciences
The Sir C.V. Raman Award for Research in Physical Sciences
The Meghnad Saha Award for Research in Theoretical Sciences
The Homi J. Bhabha Award for Research in Applied Sciences
Award to outstanding Scientists/Social Scientists in the field of Interaction between Science and Society.
Initially, the awardees were presented with the cash prize of INR 10,000. But now it has been increased to INR 50,000/- each now, including the UGC’s share of INR 40,000.
A committee of UGC experts of research areas would look upon the scrutiny process for UGC Research Awards.
The nominations can be invited from Universities, Institutes of National importance etc. After identifying the most talented candidates, the shortlisting process will be done.
Those scientists who get shortlisted must provide the requisite documents in support of their work.
The committee may also suggest other names of outstanding scientists who could be considered for the prize.
The recommendations made by the Committee are then considered by the Commission finally to select candidates for UGC Research Awards.
Note: The members of the Committee and the members of the University Grants Commission are not eligible for nomination under the scheme.
UGC started the Swami Pranavananda Saraswati National Awards in 1985.
The award was started after Rs. 5 lakhs were donated by Swami Pranavananda Saraswati, Chairman, Yoga Societies in America, in 1985.
The aim of this is to praise the outstanding scholarly/scientific work, which has made an important contribution to human knowledge.
This UGC Research Award is presented for the following categories:
UGC-Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award in Education
UGC-Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award in Economics
UGC-Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award in Environmental Science and Ecology
UGC-Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award in Political Science
UGC-Swami Pranavananda Saraswati Award in Sociology
The award carries a value of INR 50,000/- each including the UGC's share of INR 40,000/-.
UGC invites nominations from Universities and National Institutes.
The nominations received are scrutinized by a committee of experts in the specified areas. The shortlisted scholars are requested to provide the required documents in support of their work.
The Committee may also recommend other names of outstanding scholars/scientists. These scholars will then be considered by another committee of experts for the UGC Awards for Teaching.
The recommendations of Committees are finalized by the Commission.
The members of the Selection Committees and the University Grants Commission are not eligible for the nominations under the scheme.
The University Grants Commission has instituted Veda Vyas National Sanskrit Award to promote quality teaching/research in Sanskrit.
It recognizes and rewards outstanding teachers for their contribution towards teaching/research/innovation and promotion of Sanskrit language.
This award is an annual national award that consists of INR 1 Lakh rupees’ prize amount and a citation.
Note: Selection Procedure is same as previous ones.
The candidates will be selected based on the following criteria –
The teacher must have an independent teaching/research experience of minimum 5 academic years in the concerned subject.
He/she should have made an outstanding contribution in the teaching/research/innovation/new programs and promotion of Sanskrit language.
This prize is primarily meant for Sanskrit teachers.
Each university shall select and recommend only one teacher for the consideration of UGC Research award.
The nomination of such a teacher must be under the recommendation of the Vice Chancellor of the concerned university.
Besides this, the University Grants Commission shall also constitute a Search Committee whose members shall be Sanskrit scholars from different universities. They would suggest names of the scholars for consideration of the UGC Research Award.
Then both the nomination groups - one from the universities and the one from the Search Committee, shall be reviewed.
The candidates who wish to bag any UGC Research Awards must have achieved the following milestones –
The candidates must promote, implement and execute the scientific ideas of Social, Economic, Cultural & Political factors for the sake of society.
Generation of innovative concepts concerning the development of science, its value system and impact on Indian society will be considered.
Development of scientific culture and temper as an integral part of the fabric of the social structure.
Strategies and movements of relevant scientific developments which have made a distinct contribution to the national developments and welfare of society.
Contributions towards evaluating the factors responsible for the promotion of scientific and technological development.
Starting of appropriate processes of change through active participation.
Development of scientific policies, their implementation, and the beneficial results accruing from such scientific policies and endeavours.
Strategies for scientific development.
Note: The words "Science/Scientific" in these guidelines may be interpreted in broad terms. They include Natural Sciences like Physical, Biological, Mathematical Sciences along with Social Sciences and contributions which have relevance in India.
UGC has set some specific guidelines to identify the most suitable candidates for UGC Research Awards.
As per the UGC Awards Guidelines, only Indian Scientists/Teachers are eligible, if they fulfil the UGC Awards Eligibility Criteria.
The contribution can be counted as an individual or a team of 2-3 members. (The institutions or organizations are not covered under the scheme).
The candidates must have made outstanding contributions towards the development of interaction between science/research (including Technology) and society. This has made an important contribution to the development of Indian Society.
While deciding the candidate for UGC Research Award, specific contributions by the candidate in the last 5-7 years is considered.
The work will be assessed on the basis of books, monographs, papers or any other published research work, inventions, discoveries etc.
Note: For the work to be considered, the nominee must have not received any similar recognition from any other agency.
The work should have been carried out in India.
To cover more queries regarding UGC Awards 2020-2021, we have mentioned some commonly asked questions below.
You can refer to the UGC NET FAQ for more questions related to the UGC NET exam.
Q1. How many research papers are required for a PhD?
Ans. As per the UGC Awards Guidelines, PhD students are required to publish at least one article in a peer-reviewed journal.
They also need to present 2 papers at conferences before they submit their doctoral thesis for marking.
Q2. How can I publish my UGC Research paper?
Ans. Refer to the below steps for publishing the UGC Research paper:
Submit your paper online or by mail
You will get the review result in 2 days
Pay the publication fees, either online or offline
Submit the required documents
Publication of Paper
Download certificates, confirmation letters, and published papers.
Q3. Is UGC NET compulsory for PhD?
Ans. UGC had exempted PhD students from appearing in the UGC NET Exam for their appointments as teachers through 2018 regulation.
However, several groups of teachers have demanded that PhD holders shouldn’t be given an exemption during recruitment.
Q4. Do you get paid for publishing research papers?
Ans. Yes, there are a lot of universities and institutes who pay incentives for publishing research papers.
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