Research Orientation Programme scheduled during June 22, 2015 to July 4, 2015 was inaugurated on June 22, 2015. The Two-Week Programme has been scheduled with the objective to strengthen the research activities and encourage faculty members to be active researchers. The programme has been organised under the aegis of Academic Development and Research (ADR) Cell.
The programme commenced with the address by Prof. K. Kotecha, Director, Institute of Technology and Director ADR Cell. He talked about the various initiatives and activities undertaken by the ADR Cell to promote research. He stated that the faculty members should focus on inter-disciplinary and collaborative research. He, further added that research is not just ‘re-search’ but there are various attributes to research and the faculty should put in efforts to blend research with teaching.
The Chief Guest of the programme was Prof. Anamik Shah, Vice- Chancellor, Gujarat Vidyapeeth. He delivered an inspirational anecdote from his student life and told the attendees about his transformation from a student leader to an ardent and successful researcher.
He motivated the faculty members through various enriching experiences of his life as a researcher. He quoted the examples of various initiatives undertaken by the great leaders of the country and discussed ‘Nai Talim’ by Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel’s efforts through establishment of Rural Research Centres to fortify agriculture research. He deliberated on different research centres, their challenges and successes and sharing of the research for the betterment of the society.
The inaugural address was followed by the address by Shri D. P. Chhaya, Director (A&GA), Nirma University. In his address, he deliberated on the different schemes of Faculty Development and Research Promotion Programmes being undertaken at the University. He stated that these programmes are more structured and advance as compared to the programmes organised in past.
He added that research is the heart of the University and as the expectation from the University is more to deliver solutions to the challenges being faced by the society, there is an immense need to emphasize on applied research instead of theoretical research. He informed the faculty members that the University has a structured research policy in addition to various research funding opportunities for the faculty.
The presidential address during the inaugural function of the programme was delivered by the Director-General of the University, Dr Anup K. Singh. In his motivating address, he inspired the faculty members to initiate the thinking process in their minds and stressed that the research should be more for the benefit and betterment of the society. He said that the two sources of research problem are laboratory and life and instead of opting for commercial research the faculty should work for the society. He motivated the faculty members to be not let down by failures as success is only achieved by those who do not stop trying.
The programmes ended with a vote of thanks by Prof Manjunath Ghate, Director, Institute of Pharmacy. He extended gratitude to the Chief Guest and other dignitaries from the University for sparing valuable time from their busy schedule. He also expressed thanks to the ADR team and faculty members.