Best Practice 1
Promoting Translational Research and Enrichment of Research Quality
Objectives of the Practice
- To promote the visibility of the institute by establishing centers of excellence, state-of-art facilities, interdepartmental and translational R & D activities
- To protect innovations through IPR Cell and encourage researchers to participate in outreach activities
- To serve as a facilitator for Interdisciplinary-Integrative research approaches with Industry-Academia and National-International research network set-up
- To create awareness regarding research funding, grant writing, research ethics, data analysis, and management among researchers through training, lectures, and by sharing E-learning resources
- To inspire faculty with incentives towards research activities and providing seed grants
- To warrant the quality and integrity of innovations in research accomplishments as per the Code of Practice for Research
The National Education Policy (NEP) focuses on developing a robust ecosystem of multidisciplinary research in Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs). The thrust areas such as biotechnology, machine learning, artificial intelligence, energy, and 3D printing need to be focused for enhancing the R&D scope of our country. The societal challenges such as providing clean drinking water, sanitation, improving air quality, and infrastructure monitoring are to be addressed effectively with high-quality interdisciplinary research. The overarching aim of NEP is to enable a culture of research to pervade through HEIs across our nation. As per the UN agenda, contribution towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through research, teaching, and practical activities is the need of the hour. Thus, the institute addresses the need for NEP and SDGs by investing in the development of quality resources, manpower, technologies, and anchoring multi-stakeholder practices.
- Centres of Excellence (CoE) in Manufacturing, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, and WABCO CoE are established to promote research in cutting-edge technologies
- IPR cell helps the students and faculty members to file patents, designs, copyrights, and trademarks
- The Institute provides funds to the faculty members for filing provisional patents and supports until the patent is granted
- Seed grant is provided to the faculty members to perform preliminary research, procurement of research equipment, software, and other research activities
- The institute provides funds to the faculty members for participating in national and international conferences, workshops, symposiums, and seminars
- Incentives for publications, funded projects, patents granted, and books published
- 171 MoUs were signed with various Industries/ Research Institutes and 171 International universities and organizations have entered into agreements to promote research collaboration
- Doctoral committee meetings are regularly conducted and codes of ethics are strictly followed to enhance the Ph.D. research quality
- 183 workshops are conducted for Innovation, IPR, Entrepreneurship, and Design thinking during the last five years
- Special sessions on “How to write a project proposal” have been conducted to the faculty members for improving their grant writing skills in-line with funding agency requirements
- Research discussions and interactive sessions are organized with scientists from DRDO, ISRO, CSIR, UNIDO, Central Silk Board, Horticulture research institutes and other renowned organizations for getting collaborative funded projects
- Active industrial discussions with WABCO, TAFE, Daimler and TVS groups, etc., for promoting Industry-Academic research
- Collaboration with the Indian Council of Agriculture Research–Central Institute of Brackish Aquaculture to help Aqua sector farmers in enhancing feed conversion ratio of vannamei shrimps
- Interdisciplinary research (Bio-Technology, Computer Science, and Mechanical) in collaboration with Delhi University for identification and 3D mapping of seaweeds using drones on the coast of Odisha and development of added-value products from seaweeds
- Under DBT and DST AgroTech funded projects with productive collaboration from Central Silk Technological Research Institute Bengaluru, and IIT Chennai, researchers of our institute are able to develop industry-ready products which are able to cater to the needs of the textile, environment, and food sectors
- Development of SWARM of UAVs for landslide monitoring, infrastructure inspection, water, and air quality measurement to satisfy the need of SDGs
Evidence of Success
- 24 Research Projects worth INR 636 Lakh funded by DBT, DRDO, DST, ISRO, SERB, Central Power Research Institute, and TNSCST are ongoing.
- h-Index is increased from 98 to 112 in Scopus and from 44 to 59 in Web of Science.
- Citations are increased from 24487 to 41985 in Scopus and from 5779 to 14600 in the web of science.
- The number of publications is increased from 1268 to 4749 in the last five years.
- IPR cell has filed 141 patents in which 14 are granted and 114 are published.
- Over 20 research labs are fully functioning at Research park with active Industry-Academia collaboration.
- High-speed bearing test facility developed with GTRE funding of INR 188 Lakh is well utilized for testing the bearing of HAL, CVRDE, and GE.
- In the last five years, 119 PhDs were awarded and 159 JRFs / SRFs / Research Associates are involved in various research projects and activities.
- Received INR 180 Lakh from Non-Govt. agencies and INR 700 Lakh from Govt. agencies for Research in the last five years.
- A seed fund of INR 300 lakh was provided to faculty members for promoting various research activities in the last five years.
- Procured research equipment worth INR 50 Lakh under various funding agencies to enhance research in Algal Biotechnology, green pesticides, development of smart fibers, and natural foaming agents.
- International research collaboration: Indo-Canada addressed inspection of bridges and heritage structures, Indo-Korea focused on water quality monitoring using drones, and Indo – France focused on the development of Electric Bike.
- The accomplishment of various Rankings: ARIIA – Excellent Band, QS Asia: 601-650 Band, THE Impact Ranking for SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure): 201 -300 Band
Problems Encountered and Resources Required
- Few high-end analytical types of equipment are not available in our institute and the students and faculty members expect more centralized research facilities in pursuit of high-quality research. More funding is required to enhance the cutting-edge facilities. The institute is looking for FIST, MODROB, and other funding resources to enrich the research facilities
- Faced difficulties in supporting researchers to secure external funding for research projects in line with our institute strategies. More interactive sessions for the faculty members are needed to understand the requirement of funding agencies.
- Collaborative research with industries to solve the real-time problems to be strengthened
- Frequent meetings with industry by visiting their premises to improve the Industry-Academia collaboration.