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MHRD Ministry reiterates trust in principle of freedom in research
Responding to certain media reports regarding governmental interference and restriction on the choice of research subjects and topics, MHRD ministry has reiterated trust in principle of freedom in research.

"The Ministry of Human Resource Development has not issued any directive to restrict choice of subjects for research, as has been reported in a section of media since the Government believes in the principle of freedom in research," stated a PIB release.

The release clarifies, "Last year, there was a meeting of Vice Chancellors of 11 Central Universities, which were lacking in research. In the said meeting they presented a road map to improve research and also discussed the issue of more research on issues relating to national priorities. The minutes of the meeting were recorded."

The release adds, "The Government has given impetus to improve and expand research facilities. The Government has provided Rs 480 crore for Social Science Research Project under Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS); Rs 225 crore for research in basic sciences; Rs 1000 crore under Impacting Research, Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT) for technology related research; Rs 450 crore under STRIDE for research in Humanities; and Rs 480 crore under Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) for joint research with foreign universities in any discipline."

However, the reactions of the researchers, research community and academic association are not yet known. The clarification of the MHRD must lead to research based verification of the current research environment and culture.

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