VARANASI : With an aim to promote and foster trans-disciplinary research in diverse disciplines, Banaras Hindu University has launched a new scheme which will help in bringing its faculty members together to work on new areas of study and research. The scheme “Promotion of Trans-Disciplinary Research” will help establish a network of faculty members of humanities and social sciences including arts, Indian languages, culture, law and knowledge systems with the sciences and engineering disciplines.
The university, an Institution of Eminence under the IoE initiative of the Ministry of Education, Government of India, is an ideal platform for inter and trans-disciplinary research. It offers hundreds of disciplines in various streams ranging from those related to ancient Indian knowledge systems to modern sciences and technology. Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K Jain has also reiterated that BHU is the most suitable place in terms of inter-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research, given the diversity of disciplines available with the varsity. Considering the need for greater academic interaction between faculty members, researchers and students from various disciplines, the Institution of Eminence – BHU Governing Body under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K Jain had approved the scheme. The scheme will provide funding to the joint projects of faculty members from more than one faculty, that aim to create new conceptual and methodological innovations beyond discipline-specific approaches.
A three member committee has been constituted for the implementation of the scheme. Prof. Ramesh Chand, Institute of Agricultural Sciences, is the convener of the committee, while Prof. Madhoolika Agrawal, Institute of Science, and Dr. Gaganpreet Singh, Department of History, are the other two members. The “Promotion of Trans-Disciplinary Research” scheme is expected to identify new areas of study which may bring exceptional benefits for inter and trans-disciplinary research. It is also in line with the National Education Policy 2020 which puts a greater focus on munlti-disciplinarity of research and education.