Research & Development Cell

“Research is to see what everybody else has seen and to think what nobody else has thought”

📅Last Updated on June 2, 2022

Research & Development Cell

The Research and Development (R&D) Cell of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) is one of the endeavours to promote the quality of education and research among the faculty members and students. The College has a Research Committee to nurture research culture by promoting research in newly emerging and challenging frontier areas of Science, Social science, Commerce and to create awareness and opportunities in Research & Development among the faculties and Students.  It enables an amiable atmosphere for scientific development and monitors the research activities of the college. The R&D Cell aims to achieve the Vision and Mission of the college and developing a scientific temper. The publication statistics, citations and obtaining patents are priorities of the cell. It undertakes various initiatives such us promoting faculty members for writing proposals to government and agencies for projects, conducting skill development programme for students based on innovation and building inter-disciplinary research activities.

Objectives

  • To nurture research culture in the College by promoting research in newly emerging and challenging frontier areas of science, social science, commerce and humanities.
  • To prepare and implement a research quality assurance mechanism for ensuring that all research activities of the college conform to standard quality specifications.
  • To identify the requirement of budget and funding resources.
  • To develop, prescribe and administer rules and procedures to ensure the compliance of all researchers to the research quality assurance framework, the research code and all the applicable rules and regulations.
  • To create awareness and opportunities in Research & Development among the faculties and students.
  • To create environment among the staff members to take up Research projects and improve their acquaintance, skills and credentials.
  • To encourage staff members and students to publish research papers in National and reputed International Conferences/ Journals.
  • To identify and inform faculty members, about the appropriate research opportunities announced by different academic, research, industry or government organisations
  • To assist for applying the projects offered by agencies such as DRDO, DST, DBT, ICSSR, UGC, etc and getting funds for conducting Seminar/Workshop/FDP on research related issues and intellectual property rights.
  • To identify and establish linkages including MOUs for long term relationships with national/international research organisations, industry bodies and individual companies for widening the scope of research opportunities and funding options available to the faculty members and students of the college to involve themselves in real life research projects and obtaining sponsorships.

Vision

To be the leading research-intensive institute in the development and advancement of national and international research and technology initiatives. To be leaders in the creation of a research environment for the advancement of socially relevant research that dominates the human race stage.

Mission

To enable excellence in research and innovation by providing infrastructure and training that promotes creativity and entrepreneurship and fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To ensure the optimal and effective use of intellectual, financial and physical resources to foster an environment of research excellence.

Research Policy

The significant factors indicating potential growth in the research activities includes the enhancement in the research publications in peer reviewed journals, research Projects/ grants, patents, collaborations, doctoral program and faculty development program. To encourage these activities, research & development cell of the college propose policies in the following categories:

Academic and Sponsored Research

  • All eligible faculty members should be register as Ph.D. Supervisor in the state or central University.
  • Faculty of each department shall conduct research in focused areas identified by state/central government in addition to research areas preferred by the faculty.
  • Research publications of Faculty members in either WEB of science or SCOPUS indexed journals are appreciated with appropriate incentives.
  • Before submission of any publication and research paper, must clear plagiarism checking.
  • As per the UGC approved API norms the College fixed the number of articles to be published by faculty of diverse areas.
  • Internship or project work of Post Graduate students should be focussed on research. Every internship/project shall lead to at least one research publication in a UGC Care Journals.
  • Every doctorate faculty member are encouraged to apply for a government funded project or they can apply for internal project with an aim to apply for external funding. To initiate the project there is a provision for providing seed money.
  • The College shall provide the infrastructure required to conduct the funded research.
  • All departments shall make every effort for recognition by National/International agencies through schemes/funding such as DST, DBT, UGC, ICSSR etc.
  • Faculty members are encouraged to identify inter-disciplinary research in their chosen field of research.
  • The departments of the college shall tie-up with industries and corporate bodies to undertake funded research in emerging areas and industry relevant areas.
  • All innovative projects of faculty members are assigned for filing patents on successful completion
  • All research conducted shall be covered by IPR and copyright laws.

Extension and Extramural Research

  • The faculty members of the college are encouraged to select society specific problems and conduct research and provide feasible solutions. Such research topics could include problems related to chronic diseases, women and child welfare and protection and health care etc.
  • The college shall organise educational programmes relevant to a community and society, inside or outside of the campus.
  • The college faculty shall visit at least one village in the nearby area, investigate the problems and try to find solutions.
  • Students are encouraged to participate in the extension and outreach programmes organised by the college.
  • The college shall conduct programmes aimed to develop trade skills among the students.
  • Eminent and enterprising professionals from the industry are invited to take up joint resource projects with the college faculty.
  • The faculties of the college are encouraged to be a resource person in the events such as seminars, training programs, workshops and conferences conducted by other institutions.

Central Instrumentation Lab

  • The college has well established Central Instrumentation Centre, which is utilized by faculty members and Ph.D. scholars of all the departments for their research work.
  • The instrumentation facility is also available for other institutes and colleges.
  • The research scholar can utilize the lab and instrumentation facilities for their practical work, registered under guide of another university with the referral of one of the institutional member.

Consultancy

Consultancy is work of a professional nature, undertaken by college staff in their field of expertise, for clients outside the institution. It is unlike research in that it does not have as its prime purpose the generation of new knowledge. Consultancy will produce some form of contracted output which may be partly or wholly owned by the client.

                The objective of Consultancy Policy is to promote academic, industry and research interaction and to encourage and facilitate faculty to provide knowledge inputs sought by industry, government agencies or other academic / research organizations. Consultancy is well recognized as an effective way for universities to disseminate knowledge and make an early and direct impact on society. However, the balance between consultancy and the traditional roles of the academic staff needs to be managed and the interests of the College must be protected. This Policy provides provisions for conducting consultancy to ensure that consultancies undertaken by Faculty members are consistent with the strategic and operational objectives of the College and the costs are sustainable.

Intellectual Property Rights

  • Identifying and creating IP and bringing research results to the next stage of development have become institutional objectives. In this context, an institutional IP policy is a prerequisite for successful collaboration between academia and commercialization partners. An IP policy provides structure, predictability, and a beneficial environment in which enterprise and researchers can access and share knowledge, technology and IP.
  • The College has an Incubation centre, for the development of innovation culture by organising various kinds of programs such as ideation programs, collection of innovations from research undertaken in respect of academic, extension, extramural and outreach.
  • Every major invention achieved out of conducting research shall be innovated and the same shall be incubated in the incubation centre which will be augmented from time to time.
  • Students shall be allowed to select an incubated product and use the same to be developed in large scale through separately established start-up.
  • All the training required for the students to become entrepreneurs shall be imparted
  • The College shall incorporate an incubation centre that has all the facilities for incubating the innovations
  • Every innovation shall lead to filing a Patent
  • The college shall provide required support to the faculty for filing IPRs, patents and copyrights when it has been proved by the faculty that such a filing is necessary to protect the value of the research done.

Plagiarism

  • The definition of plagiarism has been defined in Section 2 (k) of UGC Act 1956, the regulation as, “…an act of academic dishonesty and a breach of ethics. It involves using someone else’s work as one’s own. It also includes data plagiarism and self-plagiarism.”

    Self-Plagiarism

    Self-Plagiarism means that using your own previous work without adequately citing it has also been brought within the ambit of the definition. This idea may appear counterintuitive to the very soul of plagiarism which is stealing someone else’s work but it is important to understand that representing old work as new work is stealing from yourself. It also defeats the purpose of research papers which is to present original work and the integrity of the work is marred. Most publishers will not allow for self-plagiarism as there is no differentiation made between your published work and other people’s published work. One of the most important facets to consider is that the copyright for published works are usually held by the journal rather than the author and plagiarizing from your own work would mean the violation of such copyright.

    Exemptions

    Certain content will be exempted from the charge of plagiarism even though they are reproductions of other works. The said exemptions are as follow:

    1. Quoted work which is either in the public domain or has been attributed adequately or permission has been granted for its use.
    2. All references, table of content, preface, acknowledgement, and bibliography are exempted.
    3. Similar content which is minor.
    4. Standard equations and symbols, laws and generic terms.

    Tolerance of Plagiarism

    Tolerance of plagiarism has been divided into two part:

    1. Zero-tolerance areas: This means that plagiarism of any degree will not be tolerated. Zero tolerance is restricted to core areas. Core areas are the hypothesis, the recommendations, the abstract, the summary, the conclusion, the results and the observations.
    2. Tolerance areas: Plagiarism in all areas but the core areas is tolerable to a certain extent. The various levels of plagiarism have been quantified and given below;
    • Up to 10%- Excluded
    • Between 10% and 40%- Level 1
    • Between 40% and 60%- Level 2
    • Above 60%- Level 3

    Reporting of Plagiarism and Procedure to be Followed

    In case plagiarism is suspected and there is proof of such, any member of the teaching staff may approach the relevant institution after which the institution will refer it to the Academic Misconduct Panel (AMP). The AMP is to be set up by all higher educational institutes (HEIs) in order to investigate and submit a report. After the AMP has thoroughly investigated the situation, they will make a report to the Plagiarism Disciplinary Authority (PDA), preferably within a period of 45 days. The PDA is to be formed by the HEI and their job is to take appropriate decision after consideration of both the recommendations of the AMP as well as the hearing of the accused. Their decision will be final and binding.

    Penalties for the Act of Plagiarism

    The various penalties for plagiarism have been provided in Section 13 of the UGC guidelines. Different penalties have been given for different tiers of plagiarism severity. Section 13 provides that penalties shall be awarded only when there is no doubt that the accused has committed the act and after all other avenues of appeal have been exhausted. The accused must also be given adequate opportunity to defend himself/herself. Further, the proceedings are to be held in camera, meaning that proceedings are to be closed to the public. The penalties given should be in proportion to the severity of plagiarism.

     

    Penalties for Students

    Penalties will be given to students according to the decision of the Plagiarism Disciplinary Authority (PDA). The punishments given to students for plagiarism for different levels of severity are given below:

    1. Level 1 (10%-40%)– the student will not be given any mark or credit and revised script must be resubmitted within a stipulated time period which does not exceed 6 months.
    2. Level 2 (40%-60%)– the student will not be given any mark or credit and the revised script is to be resubmitted between 1 year and 18 months.
    3. Level 3 (above 60%)– the student will not be given any mark or credit and their registration for that course will be cancelled.

    If a student repeats such act of plagiarism then the punishment will be for the next level to the one previously committed. In cases where the highest level of plagiarisation occurs then the punishment remains the same and the registration will be cancelled.

    If degree or credit has already been obtained and the accused has been proven to have plagiarized content then said degree or credit will be suspended for a stipulated time period.

    Penalties for Faculty, Staff or Researcher

    Penalties for faculty, staff or researcher of Higher Education Institutes will also be given according to the severity of plagiarism.

    1. Level 1 (10%-40%)– he/she will be asked to withdraw the manuscript submitted for publication and will not be allowed to publish any work for a minimum time period of 1 year.
    2. Level 2 (40%-60%)– he/she will be asked to withdraw manuscript submitted for publication and will not be allowed to publish their work for a minimum time period of 2 years. He/she will also be denied any annual increment that they have been receiving; he/she will also not be allowed to act as a supervisor for students or scholars for 2 years.
    3. Level 3 (above 60%)– he/she will be asked to withdraw manuscript submitted for publication and will not be allowed to publish any work for a minimum time period of 3 years. He/she will also be denied any annual increment they are receiving for 2 years, he/she will not be allowed to act as a supervisor for students or scholars for a period of 3 years.

    If a person repeats the same act of plagiarisation then he/she will be subject to punishment of the next level from the level which the person was previously punished for. If Level 3 plagiarism is repeated than the person committing it will be dismissed from their job.

    If a person has already attained any benefit or credit before plagiarism was proved then such benefit or credit will be suspended for a time period that is to be decided by the AMP and PDA.

     

    The following guidelines are framed for implementing the Anti-Plagiarism policy of the college which shall be made applicable to the research papers submitted for the publication and dissertation thesis of post graduate studies.

    • The college shall not tolerate plagiarism in any manner and for this purpose; accepted limit shall be zero per cent.
    • The project/research supervisor and head of the department shall be responsible for creating awareness among the candidates falling under the purview of these policy guidelines on the consequences of plagiarism in the research reports submitted to the college.
    • Research & Development Centre shall conduct an awareness lectures on the consequences of plagiarism at least once in a year.
    • If any Plagiarism has brought to the notice, shall be investigated in detail by the committee of experts.

    References

    1. India creates unique tiered system to punish plagiarism (https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/04/india-creates-unique-tiered-system-punish-plagiarism)
    2. UGC drafted strict regulations on plagiarism by teachers, students (https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/news/story/ugc-drafted-strict-regulations-on-plagiarism-by-teachers-students-1203761-2018-04-03)
    3. https://www.kluniversity.in/pdfs/Policy-for-Research-Promotion.pdf

Events Undertaken

2021-2022

National Webinar on “Intellectual Property Rights: Patents and Design Process”

A National Webinar on “Intellectual Property Rights: Patents and Design Process” was organized on 28th October 2021, by the Research and Development Centre of St. Aloysius College, in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Intellectual Property Management, Nagpur. The webinar was started at 11.00 am, Dr. Zarren Bakhsh welcomed the Guest, Principal, respected faculty members and participants. The objectives of the webinar were read by coordinator, Dr. Manju Gupta followed by the brief introduction of Speaker Dr. Bharat Suryavanshi, Assistant Controller of Patent & Design, RGNIIPM, Nagpur. Thereafter Dr. Suryvansham delivered his lecture. In the lecture he gave an insight about what is IPR and patent, what are requirements for filing the patents and design process. After the lecture, Dr. Mamta Gokhale proposed Vote of Thanks. In the Webinar total 297 Participants registered. At the end of the lecture the link of feedback form was provided and online certificates were emailed to all participant.

Online PG Students’ Research Paper Presentation Series (Physical Sciences ,Life Sciences, Social Sciences and Commerce)

Online PG student’s research presentation was conducted by R&D Cell On 14-15th Feb 2022. There were 26 students (8 students of Physical Sciences, 09 students of Life Sciences, and 9 students of Social Sciences and Commerce)  have  presented  their research/review work in their respective fields.

Valuation of Research papers and projects

Nomination forms for best research paper and best research project from Teachers and students were called for the academic year 2021-22. We received total 18 nominations for different categories, out of which 13 for best research project (Student), and 5 for best research publication (Teacher). These nomination forms were evaluated by expert committee.

2020-2021

National Training Program on IPR & Patenting

A two day National Training Programme on “Intellectual property Rights and Patenting: A new Vision” organized on 18th and 19th November 2020 by research and development centre of St. Aloysius Autonomous College. On first day Dr. Sudipta Banerjee, Senior Patent Attorney, Kolkata, presented an insight description on how to enhance information about intellectual creativity such as invention, musical, literacy and symbol and design through this training program. On second day Mr. Parag More, Patent and trademark attorney and IPR consultant founder, intellectual platform Mumbai, delivered a lecture on Criteria for Patenting and relation with research and industry. About 150 candidates have attended the National Training program.

Faculty Training Program

The Faculty Training Programme on “Academic Research and Capacity Building for Scopus and ISI Indexation” is a promising initiative by R & D cell SAC to strengthen research skills. 20 faculty members have participated in this event. This training Programme aims to improve the writing skills of research paper and review articles.  This event is divided into three segments and also gauges systematic progress of each faculty to different levels of writing task. Dr. Gary I. Lilinthal, Professor, Tashkent state university of Law, Uzbekistan, is mentor of this training programme. This is a one year program and commenced on 5th March 2021.

Valuation of Research papers and projects

Nomination forms for best research paper and best research project from Teachers and students were called for the academic year 2019-20. We received total 30 nominations for different categories, out of which 18 for best research project (Student), 3 for best research publication (Student) and 9 for best research publication (Teacher). These nomination forms were evaluated by expert committee.

Publication Record

Staff Publications:

Year No. of Research publications No. of patents Filed No. of Chapters in the book No. of self authored books No. of Edited books
2018-19 93 22
2019-20 56 2 61 1 4
2020-21 64 47 1 4

MoU

  • MOU has been signed with AVENTURA Company Mumbai and DIC, for working on the project of less water IRRIGATION on 14 May, 2022
  • MOU has been signed with Jabalpur Incubation Center on 19 Dec, 2019 for further processing of prototypes developed under certificate course organized by DIC.
  • MOU has been signed with Gary I. Lilinthal, Professor, Tashkent state university of Law, Uzbekistan in February 2021 for transferring a technology for research expertise, in the field of international research scholarly publications.
  • MOU has been signed with Jawaharlal Nehru Krishi Vishwvidyalaya under the scheme “Agripreneurship Orientation Programme” for encouraging the start-up of selected prototype.

Code of Ethics

The College has a policy on all kinds of Research Misconduct such as invention, falsification, plagiarism, or other serious divergence from accepted practices in proposing, carrying out, or reporting results from research; Scholars/faculty should ensure that they have written and submitted only entirely novel works, and if they have used the work and/or words of others, that this has been appropriately cited. Publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the work reported in the thesis/research paper should also be cited. Plagiarism takes many forms, from “passing off” another’s paper as the author’s own, to copying or paraphrasing substantial parts of another’s paper (without acknowledgement), to claiming results from research conducted by others. Plagiarism in all its forms constitutes unethical publishing practice and deserves condemnation.

List of Research Guides

Name of Research Guides Discipline  Affiliation Year of Recognition as Guide No. of Scholars Register No. of Scholars Awarded
Dr. Fr. Vazhan Arasu Economics Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh  2014 1 3
Dr. Kallol Das Physics Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh  2004 1 7
Dr. Anjali D’Souza Chemistry Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh  2014 3 1
Dr. Elena Philip Economics Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh  2007 1 9
Dr. Caroline Saini Hindi Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh  2012 6 2
Dr. Neelanjana Pathak English Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh  2012 4 4
Dr. Shikha Bansal Botany Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh  2009 3 4
Dr. Mamta Gokhale Botany Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh,Barkatullah University Bhopal Madhya Pradesh  2014 1 2
Dr. Sutapa Roy Chemistry Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh  2016 3 0
Dr. Vishwas Patel Political Science Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh  2017 0 0
Dr. Meeta Darbari Mathematics Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh 2019 0 0
Dr. Mandira Kar Mathematics Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh 2019 0 0
Dr. Akhilesh Pathak Mathematics Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh 2019 0 0
Dr. Pratibha Richhariya Mathematics Rani Durgavati Vishwavidyalaya Jabalpur Madhya Pradesh 2019 0 0
Dr. Laxmikant Pandey Biotechnology Amity University Raipur, Chhattisgarh 2020 2 0
Dr. Sweta Likhitkar Chemistry 2021-2022
Dr. Smarika Lwarance Chemistry 2021-2022

Instruments in CIL

Ultraviolet- Visible Spectrophotometer

  • Used to find out the amount of given compound in the sample
  • Used to check the purity of the compound/drugs in pharma companies
  • Used in pathology labs.

Fourier Transform-Infrared (Diffuse Reflectance) Spectrophotometer

  • Give an idea about the nature (functional group) of the compound
  • Used for quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Used to study the changes in the nature of the compound after the reaction or use
  • Used in the field of nano particals

Fluorescent Microscope

  • Image specific features of small specimens such as microbes
  • Structural changes in Fluorescent nucleotide
  • Chromosomal studies in different stages
  • Nanoparticle behavior in  various object

X-Ray Diffraction

  • Crystallographic Studies of Specimen.
  • Measurement of strain and small grain size.

Atomic absorption spectrophotometer

  • Useful for metal analysis
  • Detection of heavy metal degradation
  • Presence of a particular metal concentration in solution

3-D Printer

  • Used to prepare models
  • Preparation of study material
  • Prototyping and Manufacturing

Atomic Force Microscopy

  • The imaging of almost any type of surface
  • Study of Surface morphology

Biochemical Analyzer

  • For electrolytes, therapeutic drugs and drug-enzyme investigations.
  • Capable of performing various tests