Special Assistance Programme

Special Assistance Programme (SAP-DRS Phase-I)


The SAP scheme was initiated in 1963 by University Grants Commission keeping in view the recommendations of the Education Commission to facilitate the selected number of University Departments having some potential in research and teaching. The programme is intended to encourage the pursuit of excellence and teamwork in advanced teaching and research to accelerate the realization of international standards in specific fields. The first such programme was initially started as the "Centre of Advanced Study (CAS)" in 1963. Some of these Centres also received recognition and financial support from UNDP/UNESCO. The "Department of Special Assistance (DSA)" and "Departmental Research Support (DRS)" programmes were started in the Departments during 1972 and 1977 respectively to create feeder departments for CAS.


The SAP Scheme is implemented at 3 levels :



The major objectives of the Special Assistance Programme (SAP) are as follows:-

a. To identify and support university departments which have the potential to undertake quality teaching and research in various educational disciplines including allied disciplines.

b. To promulgate research in Universities to be relevant to societal needs and have society and industry interaction.

c. To make research a catalyst for good teaching and introduction of new courses relating to identified thrust areas.

d. To have linkages with research organizations and to use their expertise innovatively to support research in the universities.

e. To enhance infrastructural facilities.

f. To utilize the output of research for the development of the nation and society.

g. To train and create quality human resources in identified thrust areas.

h. To search for newer / generic area(s), of research, its promotion and nurturing.

To fulfill the above objectives, linkages with research organizations such as, DST, CSIR, DRDO,DBT etc. should be encouraged. Priority should be given to inter-disciplinary research in all fields.


A University department which qualifies under section 2 (f) and 12 (B) of the UGC Act, 1956 and has potential to undertake quality teaching and research can submit its proposal for induction under SAP. The detailed information is to be submitted in the prescribed format (Annexure-I). The department should have at least six teachers including one Professor) to become eligible for induction under SAP.


The tenure of the Special Assistance Progrmme (SAP) will be for a period of FIVE YEARS for a particular phase. The UGC will not provide financial assistance for more than three terms (5 years each)at the same level of DRS and DSA. If the performance of the Special Assistance Programme (SAP) will be for a period of FIVE YEARS for a of the department improves significantly at the level of DRS/DSA the department shall be considered to be upgraded to the level of DSA/CAS as the case may be. No department shall be assisted at DRS/DSA level for more than three terms. It will either be upgraded to DSA/CAS level or discontinued, based on the progress made by the department under Special Assistance Programme

The effective date of implementation of the approved phase/tenure will be 1st April of the next ensuing year. The department has to accept terms & conditions and implement the programme within six months from the date of approval or 1st April of the next financial year whichever is earlier, otherwise UGC shall be at liberty to cancel the approval of the programme.

For more details & Eligibility, Terms and Conditions please refer the Website : Special Assistance Programme


Special Assistance Programme