Faculty of Doctoral Studies & Research

News of 2016

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Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad under the aegis of its Doctoral Programme in Management organizes Doctoral Research Conference in Management every year. This year conference had 4 workshops, 12 track sessions with 49 presentations and 6 research clinics, over the two days conference. Conference witnessed 91 abstracts, After the blind review
of full papers received, 41 papers were accepted for publication.

Dr. Arvind Sahay, Professor, IIM Ahemdabad delivered the inaugural address. He talked about some latest trends in consumer behavior, one of them being neuroscience. The track sessions and research clinics were in the area of Economics & Finance, Marketing Management, Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour, Operations Management and General
Management. For research clinic six experts were invited. Dr. A.C. Brambhatt and Dr Vivek Suneja for Marketing area, Dr. R. J. Mody and Dr. Tara Nair for Finance & Economics area, Dr. D. M. Pestonjee and Dr. Dutta Roy for Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management area.

Apart from track sessions and research clinics, as a part of conference, four expert sessions were organized. Dr. Dutta Roy, Asst. Professor, Indian Statistical Institute – Kolkata delivered expert lecture on ‘Designing Questionnaire for Doctoral Research in Management.’ He discussed at length some pertinent issues related to questionnaire design. Dr. M. Mallikarjun Professor, Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, imparted useful insights on ‘Preparation of Research Proposal’. The session was quite useful for the naïve researchers. Dr. A. C. Brambhatt, Research Mentor, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar,delivered expert lecture on ‘Defending Research Proposal’. The session saw some interesting deliberations on points to be considered while defending research proposal. Dr. Vivek Suneja Professor, Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University, delivered a very interesting session on ‘The Philosophy of Research’.

Delegates from across the country participated in the conference. The conference had participants from Mehsana, Udaipur, Gandhinagar, Aligarh, Jamshedpur, Pune, Bhopal, Rajkot, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ajmer, Bhilai and Delhi. The two days conference concluded with valedictory session, whereby best paper prizes were declared. First Prize was awarded to Punita Dhansingh Rajpurohit for the paper titled ‘Prediction of Industrial Sickness: A Study of BIFR Companies’. Second Prize was awarded to Dhyani Mehta for the paper titled ‘Behaviour of Indian Saving and Investment: An Empirical Investigation of Keynesian and Classical Debate’. Third Prize was awarded to Yamini Chandra for the paper titled ‘Perception of Entrepreneurial Orientation, Aspiration and its Impact on Emotional Wellbeing: Challenges for the Future Entrepreneurs’.

  • July 19, 2016

“Business provides a path for creating innovation and improving lives”, said Chief Guest, John Anderson Fry, President, Drexel University, Philadelphia

• 500 students conferred degree at the convocation
• 18 scholastic medals were given to students for securing highest rank in their respective programmes

Nirma University, Ahmedabad, today organized its 21st Annual Convocation at its campus on SG Highway, Ahmedabad, wherein 500 students were conferred upon various degrees. President John A. Fry, Drexel University, Philadelphia was present at the convocation as the Chief Guest, whereas the function was presided over by Dr. Karsanbhai K Patel, President, Nirma University.

13 students from Ph.D., 227 students from MBA – Full Time, 55 students from MBA – Family Business & Entrepreneurship, 2 students from MBA – Part Time, 2 students from LL.M., 94 students from B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) and 107 students from B.Com. LL.B. (Hons.) were awarded degree for successful completion of their academic courses. Several awards were also given to deserving students as a token of appreciation of their hard work while achieving their goal. Total 18 scholastic medals were given to students for securing highest rank in their respective programmes. Delivering the convocation address, Chief Guest, John Anderson Fry, President, Drexel University, Philadelphia said, “Business is one way in which humanity organizes itself to harness everyone’s talents and ideas. It provides a path to creating innovation, improving lives and expanding our impact far beyond the individual”. Speaking more on developing entrepreneurship and innovation skills among students, John A. Fry further said “India ranks seventh in the world for innovation among its entrepreneurs. More than half describe themselves as having innovative products or services. As that spirit is backed by more confident and widespread entrepreneurship, you can see the potential for a real boost to worldwide innovation. India ranks among the best nations for entrepreneurial finance and supportive government policies. And, bringing us full circle to the academic celebration we’re sharing today, India is ranked 10th for entrepreneurship education at the primary and secondary school levels and 14th at higher levels”.

The convocation began with welcome address by Dr. Patel, President of the university, who also conferred degrees to the pass-outs. The Chief Guest, President John A. Fry presented Scholastic Awards to the toppers of various disciplines before delivering the convocation address. The function ended with concluding address by the Director General of the University.


Dr. Patel highlighted that, Nirma University has set up new benchmark in the way the education system works and it has educated the students in a way so that they can take up the challenges of the new age and grow up to their potential.
About Nirma University: The University was established as a statutory university in 2003 (amended in 2006) under a Special Act passed by the Gujarat Government. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recognized Nirma University under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act. On April 17, 2013, the University completed 10 years. Nirma University consists of the Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Management, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Architecture and Faculty of Research and Doctoral Studies. The graduate, post-graduate, and doctoral level programmes offered by these faculties are rated highly by accreditation agencies, industry, business magazines, and students. Innovation, quality, and excellence are the key driving forces on the campus which have translated the vision of these institutions into reality. Today, the campus vibrates with not only world class curricular activities but also with myriad activities like international conventions, symposia, conferences, student competitions, conclaves, short-term industry relevant programmes, cultural activities  etc.

  • July 19, 2016