SRHU to create centres of excellence with national and international partnerships
Dehradun , Dec 29
Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU), one of the leading universities of Uttarakhand plan to create few Centers of Excellence in the next 3-5 years involving national and international partnership. This was suggested in a meeting of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC), the highest research government body of the university held recently.
The Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU) has its unique Research Promotion Policy in place that is revised every three years, the last of which was done in 2022 as per the guidelines laid down by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in carrying out its research agenda for higher education institutions in the country.
The Swami Rama Himalayan University has three levels of governance structures, the top one is the Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the university headed by Dr. Manju Sharma, Padma Bhushan and Former Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Government of India as its’ Chairperson. The RAC met for the second time during this year, earlier this week to look into the research priorities, human resource, infrastructure and collaboration with other institutions of eminence. The meeting held in hybrid mode in which Dr. Manju Sharma, Prof. Anurag Sharma, Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi; Dr. Anirban Pathak, Professor of Physics & Material Science, JIIT, Noida and Dr. Sudesh Kumar Yadav, Director, IHBT-CSIR, Palampur joined online, Prof. N.K. Arora, Executive Director, The INCLEN Trust International and President, AIIMS, Patna and AIIMS, Deoghar attended the meeting in person.
The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) made suggestions for expansion of research by hiring appropriate manpower especially in post-doctoral positions, prioritizing research in a few select areas of regional importance, applying for project grants, funds and conduct long-term population-based studies. Recently, SRHU created a number of chairs namely International & National Endowment Chairs for emeritus professor and for visiting professors. Dr. Aaron Ciechanover, Nobel Laureate, National Academy of Science & Humanity, Israel and Dr. Rakesh Kumar, University of Washington have been honored with the International Endowment Chairs, Dr. Shashi Bala Singh, former Director General (DG)-Life Sciences, DRDO as the National Endowment Chair; Dr. Sanjay Kumar, former Director, IHBT and Dr. Shubra Chakraborty as Professor Emeritus and Visiting Professor, respectively. The University has created a Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) appointed for the specific purpose. The University is already in the process of starting Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) and Research Associateship (RA).
SRHU has a vision to create few Centers of Excellence in the next 3-5 years involving national and international partnership. It was suggested in the meeting to involve all these Chairs, RAC members and neighboring institutions for specific regional health, animal and plant-based research through an apex body.