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The Directorate of Research and Innovation organises various programmes including the Research Orientation Programme, short term research training programmes, etc. to facilitate the researchers from across all the constituent institutes to adopt systematic methodology for their research. The participants of the programme undergo nuances and sharpen techniques for accomplishment of exploratory and result-oriented research.

Reports of a few past events are listed below:

The Directorate of Research and Innovation (DRI), Nirma University, organized one-day Seminaron“Exploring Funding Opportunities to Enhance Research” on February 16, 2019. The main objective of the seminar was to provide information about the various funding opportunitiesavailable to thefaculty members and researchers to boost their research contributions. The seminar was attended by approximately seventy (70) participants. The representatives of the major project funding agencies like, DST, GUJCOST, DRDO, United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), British Council, ISRO-Respond, etc. delivered sessions and interacted with the participants.

Dr. A. Mukhopadhyay, Former Head, R&D Infrastructure Division, Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi was the chief guest of the Inaugural Function and Dr.Anup K. Singh, Director General, Nirma University was the president of the function. Dr. A. Mukhopadhyaydelivered a talk on “R&D Options for Young Researchers”.Dr. Ryan Pereira, Regional Officer, United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), Mumbai briefed about the “Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright Fellowships for India Citizens”. Dr.NarottamSahoo, Advisor and Member Secretary, GUJCOST, Gandhinagar shared information about the funding opportunities available to the faculty members through DST, Govt. of Gujarat Dr.Parul Patel, Head-RESPOND and Research Coordination Division, Space Applications Centre (SAC-ISRO), Ahmedabad discussed about the research opportunities available from the ISRO to the academia. During the post lunch session, Dr. M. K. Pandey, Jt. Director,Extra Mural Research & Intellectual Property Right, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), New Delhi delivered a thought provoking lecture on a topic – “Ways and Means to Collaborate with DRDO on Research”. Ms. Moumita Bhattacharya, Head, British Council, Ahmedabad, spoke about the scholarships available to the Indian students from the UK, the UKIERI and the Newton-Bhabha fund available to the faculty members.

The INSPIRE Internship Science Camp-2018 was organized at the Nirma University campus during December 03-07, 2018. The Camp was attended by 122 students from about 35 different schools of the state of Gujarat. The eligible students studying in 11th standard had registered for this prestigious Camp. The Camp helped the students to get a better insight into the world of Science and Technology. Over a period of 5 days, the students interacted with eminent scientists and renowned academician of various institutes. The students were introduced to informative, innovative and interesting topics of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Robotics and Mathematics and were also explained how they are closely related to everyday life. Further, success stories of science and the scientists, joys of research and innovation across all streams of science and technology and career opportunities were covered during the theory and laboratory sessions of the camp. Lecture sessions in the field of science and technology, experimental sessions in the sophisticated laboratories of Nirma University, visit to Science City and scientific writing competition were part of the five day residential camp. Above all, each day of the camp started with yoga and meditation sessions which helped the students to achieve peace of mind, maintain increased energy level, improve their flexibility, and channelize their energies in the right direction for all their activities during the camp.

Nirma University continuously attempts to provide a conducive environment for the research and a platform to the researchers to interact and showcase their research outcomes. As a part of this attempt, a Poster Presentation event for all the Ph. D. scholars registered with Institutes of Technology, Management, Pharmacy, Science, Architecture and Law under Nirma University was organized on September 01 and 15, 2018. The events got an overwhelming response from the Ph.D. Scholars. In total 110 posters presented during the event. The Director General, Directors of constituent Institutes of Nirma University, faculty members and many students interacted with the participating doctoral students. The events stimulated the ability of Ph.D. scholars to deliver a visual presentation of their research. It also provided them a platform to share their research ideas/outcomes and gave them an opportunity to network with fellow scholars of their interest. In all, the events were memorable festival of learning and sharing for the Ph.D. scholars, faculty members and students of Institutes of Technology, Management, Pharmacy, Science, Architecture and Law.

The Directorate of Research and Innovation, Nirma University organized a two-dayNational Symposium on, “Innovations in Cancer Research Targeting ‘OMICS’ to Therapeutics”,during September 14-15, 2018. The symposium was sponsored by the Science Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and the Gujarat Council of Science & Technology (GUJCOST), Government of Gujarat. Approximately 130 participants including 35 faculty members /young researchers and 95 post-graduate /doctoral students attended the symposium. The participants were from The Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute, also from Indian Institute of technology, Gandhinagar, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad University, PERD Center, M.S. University, Supratech research laboratories and the several organizations within Gujarat and from our Institute of Science and Institute of Pharmacy, etc. During the symposium, nine nationally eminent and internationality recognized scientists delivered their talks and have also shared their valuable experiences and knowledge.   The areas like, Cancer Genomics, Cancer Proteomics, Cancer Transcriptomics, and Cancer stem cell, Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy, Molecular Oncology, etc. are covered during the deliberations. In addition, there was a Panel Discussion Session on, “TARGETED THERAPIES IN CANCER” in which the current status of the targeted therapies and its implementation and future were discussed. There was a Poster Competition, in which fifty two posters were presented by the young researchers, doctoral students and the post-graduate students. During these two days, the participants got familiarized with the current concepts, technologies and clinical applicability of the knowledge in the area of oncology. In this symposium, the need of translational cancer research, identification of newer cancer therapeutics and implementation of personalized medicine were discussed at length.

In the present day, the world is facing a number of challenges in the engineering, heath, environmental and other sectors. This has led to the need of inculcating research at undergraduate level of study. Nirma University being active in research understands the importance of research to be inculcated among the students right from their early days of studies. To channelize the energy and enthusiasm of undergraduate students, to develop their understanding and skills to carry out research, IEEE Student Branch, Nirma University and the Directorate of Research & Innovation cell, Nirma University organized a seminar on “Research Skill Development” for the undergraduate students of Nirma University. The seminar was attended by 160 students from the constituent Institutes of Nirma University.

There were talks on “Recipe of Becoming a Researcher” and “Art of Writing Research Papers and Report” by Dr. Dhaval Pujara during the seminar. The students were made aware of the traits of a good researcher, skills that they need to develop to become a good researcher and how they can develop a positive perception/attitude towards research during these talks. The students were also given guidelines to publish their research outcomes. During the session on “ICT Tools for Research” by Dr. Santos Vora and Dr. Sachin Gajjar, the students were made aware of usage of Scopus, Mendely, Turnitin, Research Gate, and other ICT tools for Research. The seminar was a memorable learning for the undergraduate students.

The research orientation programme was divided in three phases. The first phase consisted of lecture series by renowned academicians from IITs, IIMs, research organizations and funding agencies. There were sessions on introduction to research; developing paper, report, project proposal writing, presentation skills; avoiding plagiarism; ethics in research; intellectual property; patent drafting; ICT Tools for research; integrating teaching and research; finding funding agencies for research grants; creative thinking and research. In the second phase, the participants carried out different activities and assignments, based on their learnings of the first phase. During the third phase of the programme, the participants worked with assigned mentors and came out with research paper /project proposal, etc.

The Directorate of Research & Innovation, Nirma University and the Institute for Plasma Research (IPR) jointly organised a three-day meeting of the Project Investigators/ Collaborators and the Experts in the field of Plasma, Fusion Science, Fusion Technology and Allied Areas. The meeting was organised at the Nirma University campus during April 2628, 2018. It was a special event to commemorate ten years of National Fusion Programme and the Research and Development activities funded under the Board of Research in Fusion Science and Technology (BRFST). One of the ideas for having such meeting is to percolate the information to the fraternity working in the Plasma domain and provide a platform to the likeminded, same skill group to discuss the issues and solutions.

The meeting was attended by 150 participants from Research Organizations, Industries, Government Organizations, Academic Institutions (including IITs, NITs and other reputed institutions) across different parts of India.

All the sessions in the meeting discussed the Research and Development work carried out by IPR in collaboration with academic institutions in the last ten years. Each day included a detailed panel discussion on the themes covered for the day. It also discussed the new areas of Research and Development that faculty members of academic institutions can take up in the coming years.

The Directorate of Research and Innovation, Nirma University and the Tata Research Development and Design Centre (TRDDC) jointly organised, ‘TCS Research Interaction Day’ on March 30, 2018 at the Nirma University Campus. The event was sponsored by the Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

The event evoked an overwhelming response with 104 participants which included the faculty members, PhD scholars and Postgraduate students of Electronics and Communication Engineering Department, Computer Science and Engineering Department and Information Technology Department.

Two-day workshop on, “Intellectual Property-Ideas to Asset” was jointly organised by the Directorate of Research and Innovation, Nirma University and the Intellectual Property Protection Organisation Pvt Ltd, Ahmedabad during February 02-03, 2018. The workshop was attended by 34 participants from Universities across different parts of India including Nirma University, Ahmedabad University, Gujarat Technological University, Jamia Hamdard University, etc.

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