Top 15 universities recognized by UGC as potential for excellence

The University with Potential for Excellence (UPE) scheme is a program launched by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in India to identify and support universities that have the potential to become world-class institutions. Under this scheme, 15 universities were selected recently.

The objective of the UPE scheme is to provide financial and academic support to universities that have the potential to become centers of excellence in teaching, research, and innovation.

Implementation and history of the UPE scheme

The UPE scheme was first implemented in the year 2006, with a focus on providing financial assistance to universities for the improvement of infrastructure, research, and academic programs. In the first phase of implementation, 20 universities were selected for the UPE scheme.

In the second phase of implementation, which was launched in the year 2012, 15 universities were selected for the UPE scheme. These universities were provided with a grant of Rs. 50 crore over a period of five years to improve their infrastructure, research, and academic programs. The UPE scheme aims to improve the quality of higher education in India and to create a world-class university system.

Latest top 15 universities under the scheme

S.No. Name of the University Focus Area
1. Jadavpur University, Salt Lake Campus, Kolkata Mobile Computing and Communication and Nano-Science
2. Pune University, Ganeshkhind Road , Pune Bio-Chemistry & Bio-Technology
3. University of Hyderabad, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh Interface Studies and Research
4. Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi Genetics, Genomics and Bio-Technology
5. University of Madras, Chennai, Tamilnadu Herbal Science
6. Madurai Kamraj University, Nagamalai Puthukottai, Tamil Nadu Nano science in Biology
7. North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong, Meghalaya Bio-Sciences and Area Studies
8. University of Calcutta, Senate House, Calcutta Modern Biology
9. University of Mumbai, Mumbai Green Technology
10. Osmania University, Hyderabad Material Research – Social Relevence
11. Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi Advance Functional Materials

Genomics and Proteomics

12. University of Rajasthan, Jaipur Materials and Converging Sciences : Nano Praticles, nano-composites and multilayers
13. University of Mysore, Karnataka Processing Characterization and Application of Advanced Functional Materials

Media and Social Development-A Case Study of Karnataka

14. Karnatak University, Dharwad Anti Tumor Activity : An Integrated Approach
15. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar Material Science

Source: Universities (UPE)

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