Hyderabad: In a historic first, Osmania University (OU) has recently presented the Vice Chancellor’s Research Award for research excellence to faculty members at the Tagore Auditorium on the university campus.
The awardees were Dr. V Srilatha-Political Science; Dr. Bheem Bhukya-Microbiology; Dr. KCHE Vidyasagar-Bio Medical Engineering and Dr. Harish Gupta-Geology.
Speaking on the occasion, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi Director, Prof. V Ramgopal Rao pointed out that research was crucial and called for more research funding in the country.
Research leads to knowledge creation which in turn creates wealth by encouraging technology startups. Also, innovation is possible when faculty members are encouraged to engage in research, he observed.
OU Vice Chancellor, Prof. D Ravinder traced the genesis of the idea of the Vice Chancellor’s Research Award and said that it was crucial that individuals involved in research and development get their due recognition.
He said the OU has produced “leaders” in diverse fields and not “followers” and urged members to strive to enhance the reputation of the University and change misperceptions among the public.
Telangana State Council of Higher Education Chairman, Prof. R Limbadri appreciated the idea of rewarding researchers in the University which will boost the morale of others and contribute to society.
Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics Director, Dr. K Thangaraj underlined the need to undertake collaborative research projects involving multiple institutions.
In his welcome address, OU Registrar, Prof. P Laxminarayana stressed the importance of research in the Universities and the institution of the Vice Chancellor’s Research Award to recognize the research talent.
OU alumnus J Raju donated funds for the awards. Deans, Principals, Directors, Heads of the Departments, Chairpersons of the Board of Studies, alumni invitees and faculty members participated in the event.
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