Meeting of Minds

JU News Desk
Published: May 2016

Three days of enlightening discussions mark the completion of Research Conclave 2015 at Jain University

New ideas, special lectures, latest developments and probing discussions across all disciplines were some of the major components of the Research Conclave 2015 organized at the University. The Conclave is an annual event meant to provide a platform for research scholars and academicians to interact with each other and experts from various fields, helping them to gain fresh perspective on challenges in their own research studies. 280 scholars from the University presented their work on the occasion.

The gathering was welcomed by Dr. Sandeep Shastri, Pro- Vice Chancellor, JU and Director of CERSSE. Also present on the occasion were Dr. Chenraj Roychand, President, JU Trust, Dr. C G Krishnadas Nair, Chancellor, JU, Dr. N. Sundararajan, Vice Chancellor JU, Dr. Krishna Venkatesh, Dean- Research, JU and Director, CET and Deans from various other Faculty.

Dr. Chenraj Roychand in his address talked about need based research. “In pursuit of knowledge, researchers should also focus on the requirements of the society. We need renewable energy, we need to conserve natural resources and there are many such pressing needs in the present times that should be addressed.” He added that originality of ideas and logical abilities of human mind, when coupled with research can do wonders.

Dr. Krishnandas Nair emphasized on the need for dedication to ethics and values amongst researchers. He also lauded the concept of Research Conclave which provided research scholars a forum to interact with each other, thus helping interdisciplinary understanding.

The first day began with a speech from none other than Bharat Ratna Dr. C.N.R. Rao. “Dedication without any doubts, commitments to one’s objective a repository of energy that never dries up, and integrity that is not influenced are essential tools for a researcher,” he said.

A dedicated scientist himself who has contributed immensely in the field of Chemistry, Dr. Rao is well versed with the challenges faced by researchers. He gave a number of examples from the practical world and demonstrated that how a researcher can be easily bogged down and tempted to give up on his or her goals if he or she is not committed enough to the pursuit of knowledge. He also delivered a special lecture on the milestones in research in the field of science.

This was followed by a session by Padma Vibhushana Dr. V.S. Arunachalam, former Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister of India. He reiterated the importance of having clarity for researchers. “The focus should be clear. Apart from this, researchers should also have very strong written and oral communication skills.”

Moving on from scientists, Research Conclave provided participants with an opportunity to interact with well-known economist, Dr. M. Govinda Rao. Dr. Rao has been the former member, Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India. “Luck is nothing but the right use opportunities. Researchers should know how to make use of opportunities and keep to their commitments even in the face of challenges,” said the Economist. He also explained the generic problems faced by researchers studying for Doctoral degrees and also suggested solutions.

Open House became a centre of attraction on the second day. Comprising an exhibition of research going on at the University, it gave an opportunity to the research scholars to showcase their own work and also know about the work of their peers from various other departments. The research exhibition was followed by a number of discussions lead by the research guides and doctoral students.

One of the objectives of the research conclave is providing an opportunity to research scholars to present and discuss progress done so far on their respective research studies and find solutions to challenges being faced. Therefore the second and third day also witnessed presentations by research scholars followed by discussions.

The event also witnessed Directors and Centre Heads from various research centres and campuses of the University giving an overview of research going on at various departments and dedicated centres of research. The third and last day of the Conclave comprised two highly engaging panel discussions and a special interactive session with Dr. Kasturirangan, the well-known Space Scientist and Former Member of the Planning Commission. Theme for the first panel discussion was Sustaining and Strengthening a Vibrant Research Culture. Panellists taking part in the discussion included Dr. Krishnadas Nair, Chancellor, JU, Mr. Vora, Director, TATA Engineering Services and Member, Academic Council of Jain University, Dr. Indira Jaiprakash, Professor in Psychology, Dr. Eseri, former Dean of Commerce, Bangalore University and Dr. GSD Babu, Director, M.P. Birla Research Centre and Member of Planning and Monitoring Board, JU.

The panellists covered a number of topics defining core values of research, the need of institutionalizing research culture and preparedness of Indian research scene to meet the demands of various sectors.
The second panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Sandeep Shastri, Pro- Vice Chancellor, JU and focused on strategies required to ensure greater collaboration and cooperation amongst different dedicated centres of research of JU. The panellists included Dr. Sudha Deshmukh, Director, CPGS, Dr. Parameshwaran from IIAEM, Dr. Geetha Balakrishnan, Director, CNMS, Dr. Bhaskar Dixit from CDM and Dr. Gopalakrishna from CET.