The University Grants Commission, New Delhi has introduced a scheme called “Universities with Potential for Excellence” to identify and support a few universities in the country which are having the potential to achieve excellence in teaching and research activities. The main aim of this scheme is to make the Indian universities as comparable to World-class universities by supporting them not only to grow further in their chosen areas of teaching, research and development but also to enable them to develop modern tools of learning, evaluation and administration. The scheme also envisages providing additional support under this concept to make Indian University campuses as global destinations of higher education.
The University of Mysore, one of the finest legacies of the Princely State of Mysore, was established by the Maharaja of Mysore, His Highness Nalvadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar, on July 27, 1916, and is the sixth oldest University in India. It is the first university in the country, established outside the domain of the British administration in India, and first ever in Karnataka. NAAC has accredited the University of Mysore with highest grade point in the state.
The University of Mysore has a long established tradition to carry out interdisciplinary and trans-border research involving several departments like Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Polymer Science, Biotechnology, and Microbiology working on the current topics in the frontier areas of science including Materials Science.
The University has projected a frontier area of research in Materials Science on “Processing, Characterization and Applications of Advanced Functional Materials” as its Focused Area 1 under UPE scheme. This requires inter-faculty and inter-departmental collaboration with a common goal for developing new and novel materials for a variety of applications. The proposed participating disciplines include Physics, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Polymer Science. The participating faculty members have proven strength through high-quality publications, trainings and sponsored research projects with national and international collaborations and consultancy offered at various levels.
In addition to the University with Potential for Excellence program (UPE), University of Mysore has also received another Rs. 4.3 Crores from UGC, New Delhi, under the banner “Center with Potential for Excellence in a Particular Area (CPEPA)” for an interdisciplinary program involving a few selected science departments to work on Nanotechnology related topic.
The University of Mysore has prepared a Road Map for the next five years to effectively implement UPE and CPEPA programs. About 18 Research Scholars and 1 Post Doctoral Fellow are working at the moment. A few more Post Doctoral Fellows will be appointed shortly. Also Technical Staff will be appointed to handle highly sophisticated analytical equipments purchased under UPE and CPEPA programs. Materials Science Center is born out of these two major programs undertaken by the University of Mysore with big funding from UGC, New Delhi. UGC’s dedicated database Shodh Ganga has indicated that the University of Mysore, is a leading institution in the country in the area of Materials Science. Accordingly, the UGC Expert Committee has recommended to the University of Mysore, to nurture this subject for the future generations and promote this field among the stakeholders and contribute to the generation of specialists in this field. Accordingly, one of the major objectives of the University with Potential for Excellence Program is the establishment of Materials Science Center in the University of Mysore. The Center has started functioning from 2012, and admitted Undergraduate Degree holding students from diversified background such as Basic Science Subjects, Engineering, Medical, Agricultural Science, and Pharmaceutical Science, and Dental Science, for M.Tech. in Materials Science Program of TWO Years for Medical, Pharmaceutical Science, Dental Science, Engineering Students, and M.Sc., Degree holders. The course is for THREE Years for students from B.Sc., background. Materials are the unacknowledged pillars of modern technology. The course syllabus has been framed exclusively to cater to the needs of the modern science and technology, covering all the aspects of Materials Science. The course is offered under Choice Based Credit System with continuous evaluation. Accordingly, several innovative subjects such as Materials Processing, Materials Characterization, NanoChemistry, NanoPhysics, Materials for Energy Storage, Aerospace Materials, Industrial Crystallization, etc. are offered to students from diversified background. The students are free to select any subject of their liking. The details of the Credits and subjects offered are listed in the page Course Syllabus.