Jain University welcomed new PhD and M.Phil scholars in an enlightening gathering
The ninth batch of PhD and the sixth batch of M.Phil research scholars made a start on their research studies at the Knowledge Campus of Jain University at an erudite gathering. The scholars were inducted into the thriving research environment of the University in a ceremony infused with intellectual discourses and an overview of the programmes to ensue.
Keeping with the traditions every year, the scholars were welcomed on the campus by Dr. Sandeep Shastri, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Jain University and Director of CERSSE, the dedicated centre for research in education and social sciences at the University. He gave a brief overview of the research already going on at the University. “Our very first batch for research programmes commenced in 2010. It has been four years since then and year after year, we have been able to reinvent the research programme time and again, reviewing it and keeping it abreast with the latest techniques being used in all the fields of studies,” he said. Dr. Shastri reiterated that the University has maintained and is fine tuning the rigour of methods in its research programmes with each passing day.
At present the University is offering research programmes in all six faculty including Science, Engineering and Technology, Management, Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities and Commerce. The research programmes at Jain University are offered through M.Phil and Phd Degrees.
For the admissions to 2014 batch the University received a record number of applications out of which students were selected on a competitive basis across disciplines. At the inaugural session, these scholars got an opportunity to interact with the Deans of various faculties.
Publications are an integral part of any research programme. It is not only mandatory to acquire the degree that a research scholar is aiming for, but also enables them to share their work with a wider audience, generating debates and discussions. Dr. Venkatesh, Dean of Engineering Sciences and Research and Director of CET, Jain University shared his experience and inputs on the significance of publishing with the present scholars. “Every research has a potential to add something. Publications become very important while pursuing a research programmes. I would advise all of you to put in efforts to publish.” He stressed that the publications should be of unimpeachable quality and it was important to publish in well-established journals.
Dr. Sudha Deshmukh, Dean, Faculty of Sciences advised the students on the course to follow during their research. “I feel that research requires a lot of dedication and perseverance. During the course of your programme, you all will get an opportunity to interact with some of the best scholars and academicians. Make the most of it.” The Faculty of Sciences encourages research in pure and applied sciences in the areas that are contemporary and relevant to finding solutions to the modern day issues. Apart from Sciences, the University has also made strides in research in the field of Management. Dr. Bagali from the Department of Management commented on the same. “We have excellent guides associated with us in our research programme,” he informed. The Faculty of Management offers PhD in Finance and Marketing.
Dr. Choodamani Nandagopal, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences took the entrants through various stages they would have to go through to reach the completion of their goal. “It might be exhausting and try all your ingenuity but I can speak from my experiences that research is a very creative and rewarding process.” At present the Department of Cultural Studies under this faculty is home to several names of renown who have decided to gain further knowledge in their field through research in their respective areas.
All the M.Phil and PhD. Programmes at Jain University are conducted through coursework and are known for their rigour of methodology. The University has awarded a number of degrees since its inception. The inaugural lecture for the programme was delivered by Dr. Chenraj Roychand. He addressed the scholars and shared with them experiences from his rich tapestry of life. “A research degree or for that matter any quest of knowledge should not be considered as a mere formality. A person can make a difference to several lives and you should always try to make an impact through studies.”
He also advised the students to take a balanced approach towards life. He said, “I know that research is time taking and will occupy many of your waking hours. But, do not take it as a burden. Try to create a balance.”
He emphasized that the best way to create a work-life balance was to plan in advance. “Planning is more helpful than most people realize. If you can master the art of prioritizing and giving the ample amount of time to everything you want to do in your life, nothing can stop you,” he concluded.
Research cannot be complete without the diligent supervision and helping hand provided by guides to research scholars. Jain University is home to several academicians and scientists who are expert in their field. The University took time to honour and appreciate all the help that these guides have been giving the research scholars by felicitating them on the occasion. The inaugural session ended with a mingling of research scholars, guides and faculty members for further discussions.