Webinar on Research Innovation and Rankings: Practices and Implication

The Central University of South Bihar (CUSB) celebrated the completion of one-year of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and conducting the online webinar series based on the guidelines received from UGC (University Grants Commission). As a part of the webinar series, the Dept. of Physics of the University organised a webinar on the theme, “Research Innovation and Rankings: Practices and Implications”.

At the onset of the webinar, the Convenor of the program Prof. Venktesh Singh, Dean & Head, Dept. of Physics welcomed the eminent speakers of the programme Prof. Akhilesh Kumar Singh, Vice-chancellor P.R.S. (Rajju Bhaiya) university, and Prof. B. Satyanarayana, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, CUSB Vice-Chancellor Prof. K.N. Singh, faculty members, all participants, and guests. He emphasized upon the need for doing research which can lead to a large number of patents from India. CUSB VC Prof. Sing in his address expressed his hope that this webinar will provide a guidemap for improving the quality of research and hence the ranking and standing of the university in a global landscape.

The first speaker of the webinar Prof. Akhilesh Kumar Singh identified effective solutions like provision of seed money to early career faculties, international and national fellowships, fund mobilization from non-governmental organizations, creation of Central instrumental faculty, and many more to improve the research scenario and rankings in universities. He also emphasized a dire need for creating a publication ethics committee, providing incentives to the teachers for their achievements, encouraging faculties for obtaining patents, producing PhDs’, and taking up consultancies. His speech was very well received by the participants and many of them interacted with the speaker during the brainstorming session.

Prof. B. Satyanarayana emphasized the need to set-up collaborations between industries which have huge infrastructure and academia which can provide trained manpower in order to improve the research landscape. He also suggested ways in which early career researchers can kick-start their research in a fruitful manner.

The programme was followed by a very stimulating brainstorming session where both the expert speakers discussed with participants on a myriad of topics. In the beginning of the programme, Dr. Vijay Raj Singh informed the participants about the importance of the day from the perspective of Indian history and the history of science. The programme closed with a vote of thanks proposed by Dr. R. R. Shahi. The programme was moderated by Dr. Puneet Mishra and it was attended by more than 100 participants from different parts of the country. It was also broadcasted live on Facebook.

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