HPU researchers to get high-end infra

Shimla, August 9

Himachal Pradesh University has taken an initiative aimed at providing advanced scientific instrumentation facilities and state-of-the-art infrastructure on the campus to facilitate researchers of science and engineering streams.

As a follow up, the Vice Chancellor Prof Sikander Kumar convened a meeting of concerned Deans, Directors and Chairpersons of Life Science, Physical Science and Engineering and Technology departments and directed the Nodal Officer/Director of University Scientific Instrumentation Centre (USIC) to prepare a detail plan in consultation with all stakeholders and execute it at the earliest.

The proposed centre will have all high-end scientific instruments/equipment like electron microscope, XRD, VSM, AAS, Raman Spectro, AFM, DLS, FPLC, GC-MS and many more depending upon the area of interest of the participating departments.

Presently students have to go to IITs and other institutions outside the state for sample analysis which is not only time consuming but also puts financial burden on the students. "After this in-house facility is put in place, it would not only address the problems of students but the centre will also be used for analysis of samples from outside on a charge basis.

A separate building for the USIC has been planned and as soon as it is completed, the university will be eligible to seek funding from the government for high-end incubation, including Atal Innovation Center which supports grants up to Rs 10 crore.

The Vice-Chancellor said funding for skill improvement will also be sought from state skill development cell and the Union Ministry of Skill Development. The project would also improve NAAC ranking of the university, he said. — TNS

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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