Hyderabad: In a move that could bring about change in academic research and its quality, the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University-Hyderabad intends to establish research centres in engineering colleges across the State.
The main objective of the research centres is to promote and facilitate collaborative and or interdisciplinary research, enhance research networking capacity and infrastructure under the umbrella of the JNTU.
This apart, the centres would enhance academic quality by providing education and training in research and related skills for postgraduate and undergraduate students.
Using these research centres, research information would be disseminated through conferences, meetings and other activities, besides seeking extramural research funds for the projects.
“Some colleges have approached the university seeking permission for establishing research centres. After examining, the university has prepared certain guidelines,” said a senior official.
For establishing research centres, the colleges need to apply to the university. However, not all colleges are eligible to establish such centres. The university has made University Grants Commission Autonomous Status mandatory for establishing the centres.
The autonomous colleges which apply will be scrutinized by the University Standing Committee. Based on the recommendations of the committee, the university would approve the research centre.
According to the guidelines issued by the university, research centres will be granted to the affiliated engineering colleges/institutions/organizations which have different departments for research activities such as guiding scholars leading to PhD degree and sponsored projects.
The guidelines specify that departments of colleges/institutes that want to establish the centre should have at least one MTech programme running and colleges should maintain a corpus fund of Rs.25 lakh towards research activities which has to be maintained at all times.
The university wants the centres to excel internationally in research activity in terms of originality, significance, rigour and impact, besides collaborating with external partners with community and private sector researchers.
“This will definitely improve the quality of research in engineering colleges,” said Prof. N Yadaiah, Registrar, JNTU-Hyderabad.
The colleges can apply in the prescribed format made available on the university website and October 10 is the last date to submit the application form.