Rs two crore UGC grant to RKM Vivekananda University

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Kolkata, Jul 04 (UNI) The University Grant Commission (UGC) today announced a Rs two crore grant for further developmental work of the Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University (RKMVU).

The University celebrated its 3rd Foundation Day with a special convocation at Belur Math in Howrah district.

Prof Sukhdev Thorat, the UGC Chairman, said the grant had been sanctioned for setting up Departments of Mathematics and Indology at the University.

Dr G Madhavan Nair, Chairman, Indian Space research Organisation (ISRO) and ex-officio Secretary in the Union Department of Space, delivered the convocational address on this occasion.

India had taken off with remarkable achievements in many a fields but the burgeoning population and the resultant unemployment or underemployment remained a big hindrance in the nation's goal to emerge fully developed by 2020, he observed.

The passing out students should remain focused, clear and innovative in their professional approach to make the nation proud in all fields and add to its global image of being the hub of research and development, Dr Nair stated.

He also inaugurated the Village Resource Centre Project, a joint initiative of the Department of Space-ISRO and the local implementing agency, RKMVU, to mark the foundation day of the institute.

In all 14 space technology enabled Village Resource Centres, all working with computerised links as info-hubs in local languages, were being put up in West Bengal and Jharkhand under this scheme.

The Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University started its journey when the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, accorded permission to the Ramakrishna Mission to start a deemed university (under University Grants Commission Act) named Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute.

Later, by another Notification of the UGC, the University was renamed as ''Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University''.

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