Granting Jawaharlal Nehru University, the status of University with Potential for Excellence (UPE), UGC has given grant of Rs 60 crore to the university for research and infrastructure development. Instructing about the utilization of the fund, UGC has asked JNU to use it in two major research areas – life sciences, social sciences and humanities.
A part of the fund will also be used for the infrastructure development like the building of research laboratories. Vice chancellor of JNU, S K Sopory, stated that, they are suppose to utilize the fund for the improvement of instrumentation facilities, library upgradation, network connectivity and outreach programmes. He also stated that a part of the fund will be used to support the participation of faculties and students in national and international conferences.
A team of experts from UGC visited JNU early this year to study its proposal.