Labour & Employment Research Grants - India Gov


Grant to NGO & Institutions for research

in approved  labour  related  matters

MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT

GOVERNMENT OF INDIA

 

To securing policy inputs from time to time, so as to keep the labour policy of the Government dynamic with changing times, to monitor implementation of various labour laws and  consider  amendments  wherever necessary, it is essential to identify priority areas of  research/studies  in  labour related subjects.  Hitherto, there has not been any scheme/programme to provide resources to such Research and Academic Institutions and NGOs or Voluntary Organisations to undertake   research/study projects.   Hence, it has been felt necessary to draft a plan scheme in the Central Sector to evolve norms by which financial assistance could be given to such bodies as Grant-in-aid to undertake studies/research projects including research project formulation, project implementation, on subjects identified by the Government.

 

SCOPE:

 

The Scheme is intended to provide financial assistance to deserving Research and Academic institutions and NGOs / Voluntary Organizations on  the  merits of   each proposal so as to finance research and impact evaluation studies having a direct bearing on the management and implementation aspects of the  Labour  Policy. The studies to be financed under the scheme should be on subjects, which are identified by the Ministry of Labour.  The scope of the scheme shall also be extended to finance seminars, workshops etc. provided   they  are  part  of  a  full  fledged  research  study. However, such seminar/workshop should be functional and related to the subject of the main research study i.e. it should be used as a tool for meeting the objectives of the study.  In this respect it   should   stress   on   the orientation/training aspects of functionaries to be involved in the study apart from financing the preparation of the seminar papers etc.  The scheme may be reviewed periodically after every two years.

 

ELIGIBILITY:

 

The   following     categories of Research  and  Academic Institutions and NGOs will be eligible to receive assistance under the Scheme :

 

·        i)   NGOs  including Social Activist groups of repute engaged in research in   labour related matters ;

 

·        ii) Universities including Deemed Universities and Institutions of National Importance ;

 

·        iii) Govt. or Govt. recognized Institutions engaged in labour research.

 

·        iv) Professional Associations including employers' and employees' organisations working in the field of labour;

 

·        Postgraduate  Academic and Professional/Research Institutions of repute affiliated to universities  or  otherwise  set  up  and recognized by the Central or State Govts.

 

The institutions to be eligible to seek assistance under this scheme, should have been set up either under a Statute of the Central/State  Legislature  or  as a Trust or registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or equivalent other laws.    They should have been functioning for a period not less than three years on the date of applying for assistance.   The Organization seeking assistance should have a minimum cash flow of Rs.10,000/- at any  time,  so  that  the  work is not stopped in case of delay in grants by this Ministry.

 

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS:

 

Assistance    given    by    the    Ministry    will   be institution/ organisation-based and released to the authorized functionary of the institution / organization i.e. Registrar of the University, Secretary or President of the organisation.   Research and   Academic   Institutions   and  voluntary  organisations/NGOs receiving financial assistance are required to submit a  statement on  the existing permanent staff, as also of staff being appointed for the study; their current financial position  and  to  indicate the salary component of the total budget of the study/seminar etc. The salary component should not normally exceed 50% of the cost of the project.  However, relaxation up to 15% may be considered on a case by case basis.

 

Any  Research  and  Academic  Institution  and  voluntary organisation /Non-governmental organisation eligible and desirous of  undertaking  studies  under  this  Scheme  will  apply to the Ministry in the prescribed form along with  an  outline of the proposed study in accordance with the following guidelines:

 

·        i) Objectives:   The focus  and  orientation  as  well  as  the specific objectives spelt out in detail.

 

·        ii) Justification:  A precise identification of the problem, the hypothesis to be tested and the question to be answered.

 

·        iii) Relevance: A brief note not exceeding 300  words  explaining how  the  proposed  activity  will  contribute  to the work of the Ministry of Labour may also be enclosed along with the proposal.

 

·        Approach  and  Methodology: The extent to which the study is reflective or empirical -- whether  it  is  intended  to  collect primary data and if so, based on a sample survey or a case study; relevant sources  or necessary data if the  use of available data is envisaged.

 

·        v)  Details  of  data  collection  and   analysis:   Concepts, definitions,  important variables, sampling designs if necessary, broad contents of schedules/questionnaires if relevant,  lines  of analysis,  tabulation  programme  and synopsis of chapter plan of the report, if possible.

 

·        Project duration :  Time required for completing the study and  submission  of  the report, period envisaged for preparation, field study/collection of data and drafting of the report.  The time span of the project could be normally between 6 to 12 months depending upon the nature and scope of the study.

 

·        Staffing Pattern :  The number and types of supporting staff,  the  period  for  which  required  and  remuneration  per month.

 

·        viii) Budget  : Financial  requirements  broken   down   under different    items    of    remuneration    for    staff,    T.A. stationery/printing of forms, computation  and  contingencies. The project should  be  cost  effective.   The cost of research should not ordinarily exceed Rs. four lakhs.  In exceptionally good  cases it  may  go  up  to  Rs.  Five  lakhs.  In  case  of  grants   for seminars/workshops etc. the cost would be up to a maximum of 10% of the cost of the concerned research study.

 

·        ix) Bio-data of staff: Sufficient information about the academic  qualifications,  research   publications  and   research experience  of  the  Project  Director  and the senior staff to be associated with the study.

 

·        x)      Screening of Fresh Proposals: All proposals received under the scheme  will  be  considered  by  a  Screening Committee under the Chairmanship of Addl. Secretary (Labour) for taking a decision on its  approval  and funding. Wherever considered necessary external advice  from  concerned   experts   would   be   sought   (through correspondence  only) against payment of honorarium up to a maximum of Rs.500/-.

 

PATTERN OF ASSOCIATION:

 

 (a)  The Ministry of Labour  will  bear  the  expenses  on  the following  approved items of expenditure connected with the study as a grant-in-aid :

 

Remuneration for project staff/individual researchers.

 

·        ii) Traveling and Daily Allowances for project staff/individual  researcher/volunteer.

 

·        iii) Stationery and Printing  of  questionnaires,  schedules  and  forms.

 

·        Contingencies.

 

·        Printing of the final report.

 

·        vi)  Overhead  /service  charges  up to  a  maximum of 15% would be   permitted.

 

(b) In case of seminars/workshops the financial support will be restricted to preparation of seminar papers and proceedings and   their publication; orientation and training   aspects   of functionaries to be involved in the study.

 

(c) Financial support under the scheme, in any case, should not be extended to  the  acquisition  of assets/infrastructure  by the grantee institute.

 

QUANTUM OF ASSISTANCE:

 

The scheme is a 75:25 Grants-in-aid scheme i.e. 25% of the research project would be borne by the research institute.   The funds would be released  in  three equal instalments.  The first instalment i.e.    1/3rd  of the  Ministry's  share of the approved budget on acceptance of the project by  the  Ministry.    The  2nd instalment(1/3rd  of  the  Ministry's  share)  will be released on receipt of regular progress  reports  and  expenditure  statements from the institutes and their review thereof in the Ministry after utilization  of  at least  75%  of  the  first instalment released. However, the release of  the  last  instalment  (i.e1/3rd  of  the Ministry's  share of the grant is conditional upon (i) the grantee institutions providing reasonable evidence of  proper  utilization of instalments released earlier and (ii) the approval of the final report  by  the  Ministry  subject  to  the  condition that if the approval is not given within three months of its  submission,  the final report  would  be  deemed  to have been approved.  Regarding condition  (i)  above  it  is   absolutely   essential   for   the institution/organisation  to  submit a utilization certificate (as per GFR 19A) at the end of the study (for studies completed within one financial year) and separate utilization certificates for each instalment (for studies spreading over  more  than  one  financial year)  duly  signed by a Chartered Accountant and countersigned by Registrar of University or Secretary  of  Society  that  runs  the Institutes  or by an officer of the Institution nominated for this purpose.  The Institute should also furnish an  audited  statement of accounts  for  the  relevant  financial  year(s).


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