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Union Education Ministry releases Rs 80 crore to IIT KGP for second phase of SPARC

Union Education Ministry releases Rs 80 crore to IIT KGP for second phase of SPARC
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Kolkata, Dec 15 (PTI) The Union Ministry of Education

has released a grant of Rs 80 crore to IIT Kharagpur towards

the second phase of the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and

Research Collaboration (SPARC) Programme, an IIT Kharagpur

statement said.

Adrijit Goswami from IIT Kharagpur, who is heading the

Pan India coordination of the programme, said the allocation

would help in promoting virtual and e-learning.

"Going online is the new normal roadmap at least for

programmes like SPARC. While online mode has its drawbacks, on

the brighter side it may give rise to opportunities especially

for those who otherwise find such collaborative work arduous

due to physical visits," he was quoted as saying in the

statement on Monday.

In one SPARC initiative, IIT Kharagpur organised the

international conference on ''Emerging Trends in Healthcare

Technology in Post-COVID-19 Era'' with expert participation

from USA, UK, Australia, Sweden, South Africa, The

Netherlands, India.

Goswami said, "with phase two funding of Rs 80 crore

and the structured format of e-workshops, webinars, online

classes and even research in virtual mode, the scope for

productive academic collaborations at the SPARC-approved

collaborating Institutes look promising."

In 2019-20, more than 300 international experts

visited Indian institutions registered under SPARC for various

projects and workshops with near about 400 research proposals

approved for funding to date, the institute said.

Speaking on SPARC which was launched in 2019-20 by the

Ministry of Education to promote research based learning, IIT

Kharagpur Director Virendra K Tewari said the resultant

figures are promising.

In 2019-20 participation from the US, Australia and UK

witnessed highest visits covering close to 65 per cent of the

international faculty visitors in 2019-20.

The slump in 2020 though was expected, work was

carried out through online conferences. PTI SUS

RG RG


Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Outlook staff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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