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Proposals are invited for the following schemes under VGST to provide grants for the
Faculty, Scientists, Higher Educational Institutions and R&D organizations of the State for
various Science and Technological education, research and promotional Schemes for the
FY 2018-19
1) Centers of Excellence in Science, Engineering and Medicine (CESEM)
2) Centers of Innovative Science, Engineering and Education (CISEE)
3) Karnataka Fund for Infrastructure Strengthening in Science & Technology (K-FIST L1 & L2)
4) Research Grants for Scientist / Faculty (RGS/F)
5) Award for Research Publications (ARP)
6) Faculty Development Programme for Engineering College (FDP-Engineering.)
To obtain details regarding how to apply, please see the following Annexures:

Annexure- I Objectives of CESEM, CISEE, K-FIST, RGS/F, ARP &

FDP- Engineering.
Annexure- II Guidelines, Terms & Conditions to utilize VGST grants
Proposal Format for CESEM, CISEE, K-FIST L1 & L2 & RGS/F
Application Format for ARP
IN Application Format for FDP-Engineering.
PRESCRIBED Applicant Declaration Letter (Common declaration for CESEM,
not required for ARP & FDP-Engineering.
Advertisement Date:_16-09-2018.

i) Last date to receive proposals on or before 6th October 2018 before 5.00 pm.

ii) Submit proposals and applications to The Consultant, VGST office #702/714 , 7 th Floor,
4th Gate, M. S. Building, Dr Ambedkar Veedhi ,Bengaluru – 560001, Karnataka.

iii) Submission of the proposals for VGST grants shall be strictly according to the VGST proposal
formats (See Annexures II, III & IV). Non-compliance to this procedure leads to rejection of
proposal(s). One hard copy of the proposal should be submitted along with the application.

iv) Soft copy of the original proposal shall also be submitted in CD in pdf and word formats.
Please send the project proposal also to this email id only:
If proposal, sent to other email id, will not be entertained . The envelope carrying CD should
be secured firmly with proposal and it should be labeled with name of the programme co-
ordinator, scheme applied and name of the Institute.

v) The Envelope containing Application Form must be super scribed in bold letters as "Application
for the VGST Grant under the scheme_____________________________".

vi) For any further details, contact VGST Office through e-mail : or

vii) It is requested that the institution applying for VGST grant shall prepare & submit the
PROPOSAL IN THE “PRESCRIBED VGST–FORMAT” (available in VGST website:, which will facilitate quick processing and selection of the proposals.

viii) VGST grant shall not be utilized for organizing Workshops (except for FDP-Engineering)
/Seminars/ Conferences/ Construction of Building/ Orientation & Training Programmes etc.

ix) There should be only one Programme co-ordinator in the proposal.

x) The proposals of the Programme Co-ordinator of the ongoing Project of VGST Schemes will not
be considered. (Applicable only for CESEM, CISEE, K-FIST L1 & L2 and RGS/F schemes).

xi) Applicant desirous to apply for FDP is instructed to restrict to one title only.

xii) Any proposal not adhering to the above stated requirements will not be considered for providing
VGST grant.

xiii) The previous ARP awardees need not apply to ARP scheme again.

xiv) Applicants should apply to only one of the VGST schemes (for example CESEM, CISEE, K-
FIST L1 & L2 and RGS/F) with only one project proposal except ARP.

Annexure – I


1. Establishment of Centres of Excellence in Science, Engineering and Medicine


 To encourage research activities in the field of Science, Engineering and Medicine, and to
promote innovation in research.
 To promote research in newly emerging and frontier areas of Science, Engineering and
Medicine including multidisciplinary fields.
 To attract fresh talents in Universities and other higher educational Institutions towards
research activities.
 To identify institutions which are involving in thematically based research activities in
Science, Engineering & Medical field.
 To strengthen existing institutions having a cluster of scientists who could make common
use of research facility created by VGST grant.
 To promote the general research capability with relevance to science, engineering and
medicine taking into account capability of the host institution.
 To provide special encouragement to active scientists, researchers from relatively small
and less endowed University Departments and Institutions.

2. Establishment of Centres of Innovative Science & Engineering Education (CISEE):-

The programme is to strengthen infrastructural facilities particularly in selected Science and

Engineering colleges and University Science Departments in the State towards achieving :

 To inculcate innovation culture

 Promotion of quality teaching
 Skill development
 Teaching methodology
 Content generation
 Promotion of research on local problems

3. Karnataka Fund for Infrastructure strengthening in Science & Technology (K-FIST) :-

K-FIST programme aims at developing and strengthening Science and Technology Infrastructure
and Laboratory Facilities required by educational institutions for imparting quality teaching and
for pursuing research activities, particularly in educational institutions offering postgraduate
courses in the State. Educational institution selected under the K-FIST programme will be
provided with grants to improve and strengthen infrastructure that would help the institution in
achieving higher academic standards. This programme is for improvement and strengthening
infrastructure facilities in the identified beneficiary Department as a whole and not solely for
carrying out research by any individual Faculty/Researcher.

4. Research Grants for Scientists /Faculty (RGS/F)

The broad purpose of the scheme is to promote research activity among young scientists/ Faculty
(below 40 years of age as on 31st August 2018) in the State to take-up challenging R & D
activities. This grant is provided to faculty members who have innovative ideas to carry out
research and build scientific careers in their field of interest at an younger age.

5. Awards for Research Publications (Published) for Faculty (ARP):-

This award is given to encourage and reward Science, Engineering and Medicine faculty members
in Colleges, Universities and research organizations/ Institutes in the State, who have published
quality research publications in reputed National & International journals.

6. FDP-Engg : Faculty Development Programme for Engineering College Teachers.

This Programmes aims to impart knowledge in advanced and frontier technologies for engineering
college teachers through organizing four days workshops in association with nearby related

Annexure – II
Government of Karnataka
Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology & Science and Technology
(for the utilization of VGST grant)

1) VGST grant released under CESEM/ CISEE/ K-FIST L 1 & L2/ RGS/F) programme is
primarily for strengthening Science and Technology infrastructure facilities of the identified
Department in Universities/Colleges and other Higher Educational Institutions for promoting
quality teaching and research. VGST grant shall not be utilized for the construction of
rooms, buildings, appointment of support staff and related expenditures.

2) Faculty member who applies for VGST grant will be called as the “Programme Co-Ordinator”
and there is no provision for opting an additional or Co-Programme Co-ordinator.

3) Grantee institution has to constitute a “Purchase Committee” which includes Head of the
Institution as Chairman of the Purchase Committee with four additional members as indicated
in Annexure-4 of Grant Related Document. The Purchase Committee is authorized to procure
only VGST approved equipments/ items as indicated in the Budget Estimate (Non-Recurring)
(PART-A of Grant Related Document).

4) All issues, matters & procedures related to the procurement of equipment/ items etc. shall be
recorded in the “Proceedings of the Purchase Committee” (Annexure-9) duly signed by all the
5 members of the purchase committee & there shall not be any deviation in purchase/
procurement of Equipments/ items (Approved Cost) from the VGST approved Technical
Specification of the Equipment (Annexure-2) & Justification of the purchase (Annexure-3).

5) Programme Co-ordinator/ Grantee Institution is not allowed to utilize/re-appropriate recurring

expenditure for procuring items indicated under Non-Recurring Expenditure, without
permission from the VGST authorities.

6) Permission to facilitate hassle free procurement of equipment by the Grantee Institution,

VGST desires to be flexible by permitting “Package Approval” instead of “Item-wise
Approval” in procurement procedure under Non-Recurring Expenditure. Yet, the total Non-
Recurring Expenditure shall not exceed the specified percentage (80% / 90%) of the VGST
Annual grant.
7) During the reappropriation process, the cost/ price of an item shall not exceed 10% to 15% of
the cost of the respective equipment as approved by the VGST. Further deviation is strictly not
8) Grants released under the VGST scheme viz., CESEM/ CISEE/ K-FIST L 1 & L2/ RGS/F need
to be kept in a separate savings bank account of a nationalized bank only under the head
“VGST grant” (preferably in SBM local branch). The accrued interest on the grant needs to be
reflected in Financial Status Proforma (Annexure-12) annually.
9) VGST grant shall not be utilized for organizing and attending Workshops/Seminars/
Conferences, Orientation & Training programmes by the faculty members, as well as
construction of building etc. However, grants sanctioned under FDP-Engg. is the only
approved scheme for organizing faculty development program for engineering college
10) Grantee Institution shall procure only those equipments/ items for which VGST’s approval is
accorded in the Budget Estimate (both Non-Recurring & Recurring) (PART-A of Grant
Related Document). Any deviation from this will lead to withdrawal of VGST Grant, and no
further grant will be released.

11) Grantee institution shall strictly adhere to follow the percentage of Expenditure sanctioned and
approved by VGST - Non-Recurring expenditures such as Equipments, Computers, Softwares
etc (80% or 90% of VGST grants) and Recurring expenditures (20% or 10% of VGST grants)
such as Chemicals, Contingency, Books, Journals etc.,

12) Any payment towards Non–recurring and Recurring items for Rs. 500/- and above shall be
only through A/C payee cheque / Demand Draft (DD) / online Money Transfer (Real Time
Gross Settlement/National Electronics Funds Transfer).

13) Interest amount earned from the VGST grants at the end of the Financial year cannot be
utilized without the prior approval of VGST.

14) VGST grant awardees have to submit PART-A of Grant Related Document to VGST for
approval of the Budget Estimate (both Non-Recurring & Recurring) only once in a given year,
money expenditure shall be executed as soon as the grant is received. After obtaining
approval, subsequent submissions of PART-A of Grant Related Document for another fresh
approval in the same Financial Year will not be entertained.

15) All the assets acquired from the VGST grants will be the property of the Department of the
grantee institution. A register of the permanent/semi-permanent assets acquired wholly or
partly out of this grant shall be maintained and a copy thereof furnished to this Department.
Such register / ledger of assets and accounts maintained shall be available or open to scrutiny
by Competent authorities in the Government.

16) In order to give visibility and publicity to VGST schemes, viz, CESEM/ CISEE/ K-FIST L 1 &
L2/ RGS/F, the respective bonafide Department should acknowledge and display a name board
containing the Name of the equipment, name of the scheme under which the sanctioned is
made and the Grantee agency as Vision Group on Science and Technology, Dept. of Science
and Technology, Govt. of Karnataka.

17) After VGST grant utilization, the grantee Institution shall furnish PART – C (Progress Report)
and Utilization Certificate (UC) to VGST without fail and provide a photocopy of the bank
pass book.

18) Release of 2nd or 3rd instalment of VGST grants, if any, is considered only after receiving the
Utilization Certificate in the prescribed proforma format followed by review of the project by
the subcommittee of VGST .

19) Unutilized grant with accrued interest at end of the financial year shall be carried forward (if
the program is continued) or be refunded (if the program is completed), whichever is
applicable by making appropriate entries in Financial Status Proforma .

20) Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS) auditor /Auditor General-
Karnataka, shall have, at his discretion, the right to access the book of accounts and ledgers of
the VGST Scheme (CESEM/ CISEE/ K-FIST L 1 & L2/ RGS/F whichever is applicable).
VGST, DST, GoK may also nominate a CAG empanelled Auditor for the Audit of accounts of
the VGST programme or Project granted to the institution/Co-ordinator.

21) After the completion of the VGST programme, the unspent grant with accrued interest if any
shall be returned to VGST by Cheque or DD drawn in favor of (payable at Bangalore)
“Managing Director, KSTePS” .

22) If the grant is sanctioned, Programme Progress Evaluation Committee (PPEC) may visit the
college/ Institution at any time as it feels necessary.

23) Any enquiries / clarifications by the Programme Co-ordinator / Grantee institution with
respect to implementation of VGST scheme will be replied through email

24) Both grantee institution & the programme co-ordinator undertake the responsibility of
implementing the sanctioned VGST-programme completely within the duration fixed by
VGST. In case of any delay in the implementation of the programme within the stipulated
period (either by grantee institution or the programme co-ordinator), the institution will
refund/ return the left-over grant to VGST through crossed cheque or DD in favor of
“Managing Director, KSTePS”, payable at Bangalore with accrued interest.

25) In the event of transfer/ retirement/ termination of the services of the Programme Co-
ordinator, the Head of the Grantee Institution is authorized to nominate any other competent
faculty member in the same department to act as a programme Co-ordinator only after
obtaining permission from VGST authorities in the prescribed proforma (Refer Proforma for
the Change of VGST Programme Co-ordinator).

26) For quick follow up action from VGST, indicate always Grant Related Document No.
(GRD No.) without fail in all communications.

27) If any deviation or violation from the approved items/ cost and procurement procedures, VGST
reserves the right to cancel the release of the next instalment of grants / ordering for recovery of
grants as recommended by the review committee.



for VGST GRANTS – 2018-19

Proposed Grants (Rs. in lakh)
Sl. Name of Programme 3rd Year
under VGST 1st Year 2nd Year (III
No. (I phase) (II phase)
1 Establishment of Centres of
Excellence in Science, Engineering 20.00 20.00 20.00
and Medicine (CESEM)
2 Establishment of Centres of
Innovative Science & Engineering 10.00 10.00 10.00
Education (CISEE)
3 a) Karnataka Fund for
Improvement of Science and
Technology Infrastructure in Higher 10.00 10.00 -
Educational Institutions (K-FIST)
b) Karnataka Fund for
Improvement of Science and
Technology Infrastructure in Higher 20.00 20.00 -
Educational Institutions (K-FIST)
4 Research Grants for scientists/
Faculty (RGS/F) 5.00 - -

5 Awards for Research Publications

(Published) for Faculty (ARP) 0.25

6 Faculty Development Programme

for Engineering College teachers 2.00 - -
(FDP – Engg.)

(For CESEM/ CISEE/ K-FIST -L1 & L2 / RGS/F Programme)
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