According to a UGC statement, the letter received by JNU was a forgery and the commission has no plans to cut funding for such centres.
Several universities were running such UGC-funded research centres that were set up under the 11th five-year plan and renewed under the 12th plan.
Scientists think there is a mismatch between the government’s rhetoric on bettering India’s research output and how much it is willing to spend for the cause.
Rao also doesn’t make much of the charges of plagiarism levelled against him and thinks they were the result of undeserving hype.
Studying the behaviour of these frogs provides invaluable information about how frog species evolved to adapt to surroundings in the past, and where they might be headed to in the future.