Inter-University Research Centre (IURC) is an offshoot of CIU.
As discussed in the preceding pages of this document, one of the
most important tasks assigned to CIU by its founders is the
promotion of a culture of high-quality research in the
institutions of higher learning in India. Towards that end, CIU
has been working with individual researchers and the
organizations associated with them. However, as is to be
expected, managing this structure where CIU has to work with
individual organizations separately is a tedious task and
consumes a lot of managerial bandwidth of CIU. Besides, because
of the plethora of research projects, all of them working as
silos insulated from each other, CIU felt that it was not
possible to provide a coherent direction and a unifying thread
to the multitude of research projects supported by it.
Apart from all this, CIU also felt that it needed a separate
organization that would not only promote a culture of research
among the member organizations but, wherever apt, also take the
output of the research to the people at large, by using the
networks that exist between the individual universities and the
communities that fall in their catchment areas.
IURC was therefore created precisely with these objectives in
mind. Now, while CIU is an already established organization,
IURC has to create a name for itself. This may be a challenge
for most people. But, we at IURC, are simply delighted because
of the possibilities such a challenge presents to us. It means
that we can fashion a brand-new organization to suitably reflect
our collective thought process, to reflect our collective
ambition of championing the cause of world class research in
While the fine-points of the scope of IURC would keep on
evolving in order to maintain its tuning with the broader global
forces, it is nevertheless worth taking a look at the broad
outline of the same:
1. Bringing the best researchers in India, under one umbrella,
unified by the common purpose of promoting a culture of research
2. Convincing university authorities in India to spend a larger
share of their ‘discretionary expenditure’ budget on research.
3. Creating a platform to felicitate and recognize the good work
in research being done in member universities.
4. Encouraging universities to adopt a system of faculty
5. Encouraging better placed and better resourced universities
to start training programs aimed at improving the quality of
research & teaching in other, no so well-resourced member
6. Bringing the ‘crème de la crème’ of global academia on the
platform with the objective of letting researchers in India see
what is it that makes a world class researcher.
7. Translating the best of global academic output into Indian
languages and making them available to students, teachers and
researchers in India, even in the remotest corners of the
8. Creating opportunities for best of Indian researchers to
collaborate with established global academicians, do joint
projects and co-author papers with famous international names.
9. Organize larger number of lectures (physical or online
depending upon circumstances) of good global academicians into
10. Identifying and supporting research programs with high
socio-economic impact potential and sharing the outcome of the
same with other stakeholders namely Government, industry, civil
11. Creating a TED-X like platform in India, but dedicated to
the cause of serving universities, researchers and the larger
cause of promotion and propagation of knowledge.
12. Connecting the society at large with the research endeavours
in the universities and creating public opinion in favour of
larger budgets for research.
13. Creating avenues of regular interaction between
universities, industry and Government, so as to enable the later
i.e the Government, to share its pain-points with the
universities and demand research effort to solve those problems.
14. Sensitizing the public authorities about the need to support
high impact research projects.
With a vision like this, we at IURC, have thus resolved to work
towards creation of a better academic environment within
universities in India, towards creating a better relationship
between universities, the service providers and society at
large, the entity that ultimately underwrites the expenses of