Promoting University-Industry Collaboration: UGC Releases Guidelines for Establishing R&D Centers

New Delhi, 30th June 2023: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released guidelines to promote sustainable university-industry collaboration in Indian universities through the establishment of Research and Development (R&D) centers. This initiative aims to address the technical needs of industries and create opportunities for students to gain practical learning experiences.

The guidelines come in response to the National Education Policy’s emphasis on fostering cooperation between educational institutions and industry. The UGC has invited feedback from stakeholders to ensure effective implementation.

According to Dr. M. Jagadishkumar, President of UGC, “Higher educational institutions are encouraged to promote research and development by establishing R&D centers through university-industry collaboration at the state or regional level. These centers will not only enhance research activities but also provide students with employability skills, internship opportunities, and academic credits through project involvement.”

The decision to establish R&D centers in collaboration with industries brings several benefits. It will bolster research and development activities in both universities and industries, while also creating valuable training and learning opportunities for students. To facilitate and promote research, a regional advisory committee will be formed. This committee will play a crucial role in supporting the growth of R&D clusters.

To foster collaboration, higher education institutions are required to establish Industry Relations Cells, which will facilitate collaborative projects between university faculty groups and industry representatives. Similarly, industries are encouraged to establish university relations cells to cater to the needs of universities. Internship guidelines and credit allocation will adhere to UGC norms and recommendations.

It’s important to note that industry involvement extends beyond corporate social responsibility (CSR) funding. Researchers will receive financial support to address problem statements, further contributing to their research endeavors. Additionally, students will benefit from skill-oriented training programs.

Dr. Nitin Karamalkar, Chairman of the State Steering Committee for the National Education Policy, emphasized the significance of attracting industry R&D units to universities. He stated, “These guidelines provide a platform for industry and academia to collaborate in a mutually beneficial manner. Such collaboration will enhance research outcomes, contribute to the financial support of research projects, and equip students with relevant skills. We should actively explore how industry R&D units can engage with universities.”

With the release of these guidelines, Indian universities are expected to strengthen their ties with industries, fostering innovation, research, and the development of employability skills among students. The UGC’s initiative aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry, creating a conducive environment for university-industry collaboration and driving overall economic growth and development.

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