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In appreciation of the R&D contributions of the performing universities, PURSE initiative is taken by Department of Science & Technology, Government of India to initiate value added proactive measures through introduction of R&D Incentive Grant. PURSE scheme provides substantive research grant to universities on based on scientific publications in Science Citation Indexed Journals through SCOPUS Database.

India is positioned at 12th rank among the top 20 countries in Science & Technology according to a study conducted by the National Institute of Science, Technology & Development Studies, New Delhi on Publication Output in SCOPUS International Database for a period of ten years. SCOPUS incorporates the H-Index as a means to evaluate research performance. The H-index attempts to measures both the scientific productivity and the apparent scientific impact of a researcher. The index is based on the set of the researcher's most cited papers and the numbers of citation that they have received in other people's publication. The H-Index can also be applied to judge the impact and productivity of a group of researchers at a department or university.

Fourteen Universities were supported under PURSE Program during 2009-2010 according a study conducted by the NISTADS, New Delhi on Publication Output in SCOPUS International Database for a period of 1996-2006 years. The program is now in operation at these universities .

DST undertook a recent study through NISTADS, New Delhi for analyzing the performance of the universities using the same h-index as indicator through SCOPUS Database for 1998- 2008 duration. Thirty new Universities which have h-index ranging from 42 to 26, have been identified for support during 2010-2011.

Support Range

H -index


Support Amount for 3 years

More than 50


Rs 30.0 Crore



Rs 15.0 Crore



Rs 9.0 Crore



Rs 6.0 Crore

Salient features of PURSE Program

  • The support provided to each university has been classified under ' Flexible ' and ' Fixed ' Components.
  • The expenditure heads in ' Flexible Components' are totally flexible with in 85-80% of total budget. The expenditure heads under Flexible Component includes support for acquiring Equipment, Consumables, Infrastructure Facilities and Networking & Computational Facilities.
  • The support areas in 'Fixed Components' covers expenditure heads like Manpower Cost (10-15%), Contingences (1%), Travel (1%), Seminar/Workshop to organize or to attend abroad (1%) and Maintenance (2 %) and comprises 20-15 % of total support.
  • No budgetary quotation for any equipment and other items is required for releasing grants by DST under this program. University will only inform DST about the equipments with individual cost and other items as identified by them before acquiring and University would be responsible for all procurements.
  • 'Manpower' to be engaged under this program should be for research and technical support and engaged on contractual basis and should not be equated with permanent faculty position.
  • No support was made available for the building and civil construction related activities under PURSE initiative.
  • Decision of Utilization of grants across different Departments of the Universities to be taken solely by the University.
  • No Overhead amount is allowable under this Program

Under the PURSE Program, DST intends to provide support to performing universities across the country essentially for research man-power cost, augmentation of equipment and computational facilities, research consumables, organization of scientific conferences/workshops, travel and maintenance of the facilities. The support for each university will have the following components categorized under Flexible and Fixed Components as described above.

Flexible components
(80-85% of total support)

Fixed components
(20-15% of total support)


Manpower cost (10-15%)


Contingencies (1%)


Travel (1%)

Networking & Computational Facility

Seminar/workshop to organize or to attend abroad (1%)


Maintenance (2%)

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