i) To promote research and publication activity at the Institute.
ii) To improve the quality of research being done currently.
iii) To identify and promote research in new areas.
iv) To promote publication, other than research, that is useful for industry, institute and the student community.
The research policy covers guidelines relating to contribution by faculty and students for conduct of research, research papers, research articles, teaching notes (Industry notes), research monographs, case studies and similar intellectual outcomes.
Students have many ideas on which they want to work, but in the absence of infrastructure, motivation, guidance etc. they are unable to work on such ideas. Therefore, the research cell would encourage an Idea Lab at the institute, where students can research on an idea. The Idea Lab also provides the opportunity to students to ask questions in different areas of knowledge. It shall equip them with an ability to think, concretise the idea, design research study, work on it and report the findings. It shall also encourage research scholars to publish their research work in reviewed journals depending upon the quality of research. The students can also contribute to current research by faculty members, subject to prior approval.
Minor Research Projects
From the very beginning, the Institute encourages faculty members to conduct research. There shall be a scheme for providing financial assistance to Minor Research Project. According to this scheme, a faculty member prepares Minor Research Project, which is submitted to research cell and on the recommendations of cell the Institute may give a certain financial assistance to the faculty concerned. The research cell shall have periodical assessment for all such research projects with an aim to guide the researcher. For this purpose, the Institute earmarks a financial budget every year. The Minor Research Project Scheme helps faculty think about research, prepare the proposal, conduct research and write a research report. It also assists them in preparing proposals for major research projects.
Major Research Projects
The Research cell shall identify a list of funding agencies for research. Faculty can submit Major Research Project proposals to these agencies. The research cell shall provide reasonable assistance to the faculty in completing such research projects.
Collaborative Research Projects
Institute-Industry Interaction is a demand of the day. In order to contribute to the society at large, the Institute has to closely work with industry and different organisations. Industries and business organisations are facing different kinds of problems and many of them would like to have help from the Institute, in terms of research, with an aim to find solutions to their problems. Hence, the institute plans to have the following activities:
(i) Industry Sponsored Research Project:
An industry organisation can sponsor a project and the concerned experts of the institution can conduct research on this project for which financial support will come from the industry organisation. This will lead to three kinds of benefits: a) the researcher will get exposures to the concerned area of research b) the industry will get solutions to its problem and c) the researcher, Institute and Industry can earn some money, while the society will benefit at the end.
(ii) Interdisciplinary Research:
The interdisciplinary research is a must nowadays. No single institution, researcher or a scholar can address a research problem in which more than one disciplines are involved. Unless they get together and conduct interdisciplinary research, no fruitful outcomes can be arrived at. Therefore, the research cell has decided to undertake the following steps:
a) Identify interdisciplinary area.
b) Identify different experts from concerned disciplines who can work together.
c) Explore possibilities to find resources for such interdisciplinary research.
(iii) Collaborative International Research
We live in a global village where knowledge is created in different parts of the world. Collaborative international research is essential to facilitate mutual learning and expertise sharing. The Institute plans to have MoUs with prominent research institutions abroad, for conducting research jointly in areas of common interest. For this purpose, a Task Force shall be constituted that will constantly explore the possibilities of having such collaborative or joint research in thrust areas, decide the modus operandi of conducting such research and attend to other relevant aspects.
The Institute would like to create an environment for faculty members where they work in a specific research area and be known as a specialist. This will facilitate focus on specific research activities in the specialised areas. Through these efforts, the Institute shall promote a particular faculty member or a group of faculty members as ‘knowledge experts’, in due course, for a specialised thrust area.
Incentives for Outstanding Research
The Institute would like to encourage quality research in different thrust areas. For this purpose, outstanding research contributions done by faculty members and students shall be recognised. The incentives could be in terms of money, awards/prizes or even more funding for ongoing research.
The institute’s Research Cell has initiated a current project for Nagpur Police titled “A Survey on Expectations and Perceptions about Effective Policing in Nagpur City” in March 2017