7.2.1 Best practices

CRITERION 7: INSTITUTIONAL VALUES AND BEST PRACTICES

7.2.1 BEST PRACTICES

Promotion of Research Eco-system and Adaptability with Changing Needs

The university preaches through practice the ways to internalize and adapt practices of positive impact for the progress of HEIs. They are broadly categorized as:

1) Promotion of Research Eco-system and

2) Adaptability with Changing Needs

BEST PRACTICE 1: PROMOTION OF RESEARCH ECO-SYSTEM

OBJECTIVES OF THE PRACTICE:

  • To build a research eco-system for promotion of research and innovation in core and interdisciplinary areas catering to local and national needs.
  • To encourage faculty and researchers to undertake projects and seek patents.
  • To promote national and international collaborations.

 

THE CONTEXT:

There was a need to boost the research eco-system along with development of basic and advanced research infrastructure facilities as well as allocation of sufficient funds for research.

THE PRACTICE:

Promotion of Research:

The university has created basic and advanced research facilities through the special funds from funding agencies like UGC, DST, RUSA etc., alumni contribution, and donation in terms of equipment from other institutes, and from the university fund. The RUSA centre has a range of sophisticated instruments.

A dedicated Centre for Research Outcome and Promotion (CROP) is established which caters to the research needs of faculty of the university/affiliated colleges. It acts as a single window to facilitate researchers in completing administrative formalities.

Special schemes/awards/policies/incentives to motivate faculty and students towards research and publication in reputed journals are implemented. Faculty members, research and PG students are encouraged to participate in science conclaves for interactions with Nobel Laureates

Prof. Takaaki Kajita, (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2015)

Prof. Konstantin Novoselov, (Nobel Prize in Physics, 2010)

University allocates funding to the tune of Rs 50 lakhs for minor research projects to faculties of university and affiliated colleges. In some schools, research associates (RA) are recruited by giving research fellowships.

Research Semester Scheme, initiated in 2013, is in place for promoting research wherein the faculty members are relieved for one semester with full pay to undertake research and collaborative activities. 

Technology Transfer:

University established RUSA sponsored centre for Herbo-medicinal studies in 2016 for Technology Transfer related collaborative projects.

Expertise in Seismic Studies:

The university has developed expertise in Seismic studies in the aftermath of 1993 Killari earthquake. Seismic activities are monitored continuously through the Seismic Observatory at School of Earth Sciences and local Earthquake information is regularly shared with District Collector and Nanded-Waghala Municipal Corporation Disaster Management Cell.

EVIDENCES OF SUCCESS:

Promotion of Research:

  • 13 patents and 4 copyright have been obtained by the university faculty in last five years.

http://www.srtmun.ac.in/images/NAAC2020/343Patents.pdf

  • The university is playing a significant role in the establishment of LIGO-India mega science project in collaboration with IUCCA and LIGO Observatory, USA

http://www.srtmun.ac.in/en/schools/school-of-physical-sciences/11979-international-workshop-on-ligo-india-iwli-2020.html

  • The outside USA. School of Earth Sciences also has student chapters of SPG and IGU.
  • School of Earth Sciences, SRTMU, conducts regularly all India Earth Science Olympiad examination every year for class XI and XII students.

http://www.srtmun.ac.in/en/schools/school-of-earth-sciences/11077-major-achievements-and-special-features.html

  • IUCCA Centre for Astronomy Research and Development (ICARD) has been established in the university.
  • Prof. S. P. Chavan of the School of Life Sciences was selected for the 39-Indian Scientific Expedition to Antartica by the National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research during 2018-19. He successfully completed first phase of research during 25/11/2019 to 19/02/2020 at the Maitri Station, Antartica.
  • Strong and long term research collaborations of university faculties with reputed institutions within and outside the country like Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Pune (IUCAA), Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (IIAS), National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, Goa (NCPOR), Indian Institute of Geomagnetism (IIG), Geological Society of India, American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG), etc.  
  • An international project sponsored by USAID, USA & DBT-BIRAS India is being carried out to develop heat tolerant varieties of wheat.
  • Research Semester scheme is availed by faculty members to carry out research.
  • RGSTC research grant for processing of local forest fruits has been sanctioned.

 

Technology Transfer:

The outcome of RUSA Centre for Herbo Medicinal Studies is evident by the production of herbal medicine for elimination of kidney stone. The medicine was tested and commercialized as a drug called DISOCAL as part of technology transfer which was patented by Prof C.N. Khobragade and is benefitting multitude of kidney stone patients.

https://youtu.be/Sli5lHqAyOw

Expertise in Seismic Studies:

The university has received a Maharashtra Government sponsored consultancy project (46.66 lakhs) in collaboration with CSIR-NGRI, GSDA, Govt of Maharashtra, IIIT Hyderabad and Science College.

RUSA-Maharashtra identified the university for seismological studies and sanctioned a ‘Centre for Excellence in Seismic Studies’ with an outlay of 1.8075 crores.

http://www.srtmun.ac.in/images/PermanentData/Schools/SchoolofEarthSciences06052019/SRTMUSESCentreofExcellenceinSeismologicalStudiesCESS.pdf

PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED AND RESOURCES REQUIRED:

  • Under-utilization of research results by the industries needs to be examined at the level of production and utilization of IPR.
  • Industry participation is required to work on live problems useful for society.

 

BEST PRACTICE 2: ADAPTABILITY WITH CHANGING NEEDS

OBJECTIVES OF THE PRACTICE:

  • To adapt with changes in academic/creative/literary/extension activities.
  • To develop and improve academic/sports/other infrastructure amenities and promote use of renewable energy sources.
  • To promote available human resources for start-ups under Make in India and entrepreneurship activities.

THE CONTEXT:

This university caters to the changing requirements of the society and this is reflected in its overall functioning. Skill and outcome based curricula, state-of-the-art academic and sport infrastructure facilities, extensive use of ICT in administration, research, examination and evaluation are being implemented.

Special attention is needed for the overall development of students. Various literary and creative activities are essential to foster the creative spirit of students and give expression to their latent talents.

Measures are taken for water and soil conservation, judicious use of natural resources and use of renewable energy which are essential for environmental protection and its sustainability. Food processing and preservation is highly required for empowering the rural/agricultural sector.

Financial distress among the local populace has made it challenging to draw students to higher education. Financial incentives through SWAS (Student Welfare Assistance Scheme) for students desirous to pursue higher education become very pertinent.

THE PRACTICE:

Adaptation to the Changing Needs/Policies:

The university is extremely alert to the changing circumstances, academic as well as social, and is proactive in accepting and adapting to the needs. University uses ICT in academic, research and examination activities, which helps it to stay abreast with the global trends. Online resources like Google classroom, Moodle, Edmodo etc. are used for effective teaching-learning and Free and Open Source Software like Latex, LibreOffice, SciLab, R programming, etc are also encouraged. University has established ‘SWAYAM and MOOC Courses Centre’ to promulgate online learning platforms and has implemented UGC Regulations 2016 for Credit Framework for Online Learning Courses through SWAYAM. This centre encourages affiliated colleges for establishment of local chapters.

The university has developed skill and outcome based curriculum with seamless integration with other disciplines for UG and PG programmes. It offers CBCS and credit transfer scheme and flexibility to learn at learner’s pace through value-added courses, online courses offered on SWYAM/NPTEL/MOOC platforms. ICT boards are installed in all schools and training is provided on routine basis with regards its usage. This has facilitated the teaching-learning process.

Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded in collaboration with various government bodies and other organizations undertakes programmes that can stimulate and fulfill the intellectual and cultural needs of the region. It is contributing in the efforts of the State Government of Maharashtra to develop Marathi as a knowledge-based language and open avenues of knowledge for Marathi users.  It organizes workshops and events that can conserve and promote the regional language, Marathi, in the context of the 21st century.

The university organizes workshops for aspiring writers apart from conventional research conferences and seminars. Such platforms provide students an opportunity to interact with literary figures and get to know the nuances of creative writing.

Make in India- Make in University Policy

University carries research in core and interdisciplinary areas based on local and national needs with emphasis on quality research. University has started Innovation and Incubation Centre to incubate research ideas and build start-up culture and develop entrepreneurs. Innovation and Incubation Centre has been very productive in bringing about awareness with regards start-up policy of the central government under ‘Make in India’. Organization of annual Instrumentation Workshop in collaboration with the Western Regional Instrumentation Centre (WRIC) is our routine practice which benefits the region.

Social Responsibility:

Since most of the region under the university jurisdiction is tribal, agrarian and financially distressed, Student Welfare Assistance Scheme (SWAS) was initiated in 2015 to support the target students for tuition fees, living expenses and essential stationery. This helps in retaining students in higher education.

University uses renewable energy sources like rooftop solar and LED light sources to fulfil its energy needs. Initiatives like including courses on environment in curriculum, creating awareness through extension activities, tree plantation on campus and water conservation activities are successfully accomplished.

Academic and Administrative Audit of schools and affiliated colleges is a regular exercise to monitor and enhance quality in teaching-learning and research in HEIs. It also serves to interact with students and address their issues.

EVIDENCE OF SUCCESS:

Adaptation to the Policies:

The university is tuned and adoptive to the policies of the Government from time to time since its inception. Introduction of semester and school system since its inception, early UGC 12-B recognition and one of the youngest universities to go for 4th cycle of NAAC reaccreditation make it evident.

NPTEL, IIT Madras designated university as ‘SWAYAM-NPTEL Local Chapter’ in May 2018. The local chapter has highest number of enrolments and certifications from SWAYAM-NPTEL and has been adjudged thrice in a row as an ‘Active Local Chapter’. The number of students successfully completing the courses is on continual rise.

http://www.srtmun.ac.in/en/swayam-nptel.html

A two-day workshop on 'Abjaunsh Tantradnyan' (Nano technology) was organized by the Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University, Nanded in collaboration with Maharashtra Rajya Marathi Vishwakosh Nirmiti Mandal, Mumbai during February 17-18, 2017. The workshop was meant for select experts of nanotechnology throughout the state who would be contributing to the Marathi Encyclopaedia. Established in 1960, the Marathi Vishwakosh Nirmiti Mandal has compiled more than 20 volumes of Marathi Encyclopaedia till now. It is part of the efforts of the State Govt of Maharashtra to develop Marathi as a knowledge based language and open avenues of knowledge for Marathi speakers. The SRTMU is contributing towards the Nanotechnology segment. Shri Dilip Karambelkar (President, Marathi Vishwakosh Mandal), Prof Pandit Vidyasagar (Vice-Chancellor), Dr Deepak Panaskar (Director, BCUD) Dr Vasant Wagh (Coordinator) Dr Anil Lachke and other subject experts were present.

https://marathivishwakosh.org/category/nanotech/

As per the directives of the state government, the university has been organizing the Marathi Bhasha Sanvardhan Pandharwada and Marathi Bhasha Din on regular basis. As part of this eminent Marathi writers and personalities are invited at the university. The School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies organizes workshops for creative writing apart from conventional research conferences and seminars.

A workshop on ‘Writing Science Fiction’ in collaboration with Marathi Vidnyan Parishad, Mumbai was organized during January 27-29, 2016. 22 trainees participated in it. Such platforms provide students an opportunity to interact with literary figures and get to know the nuances of creative writing. Such programmes are a regular feature of the School. 

A State-level workshop on Marathi Wikipedia was organized in collaboration with Rajya Marathi Vikas Sanstha, Mumbai on 07/04/2017. Our students have contributed significantly towards it. This promotes sharing of information in a responsible manner.

https://tinyurl.com/yauyueet

  

The university has successfully implemented onscreen evaluation of answer sheets of Engineering courses in its first phase followed by Commerce, Management, Pharmacy, BCA and BBA in the second phase of evaluation reforms. News coverage for the same:

https://youtu.be/G0m6SnVfwM4

Laurels:

Our student Dr Asaram Lomate was conferred upon the prestigious Sahitya Akademi Award for his Marathi novel Aalok in 2016.

http://sahitya-akademi.gov.in/pdf/sahityaakademiawards2016.pdf

Another student, Vinayak Yewale, received the Maharashtra Government's Bahinabai Choudhary Award for his Marathi poetic volume Thase Badalalelya Mukkamavaroon during 2014-15.

https://www.loksatta.com/mumbai-news/state-government-announced-excellent-writing-creative-literature-award-1199438/

Our student Balaji Madan Ingle received Rajya Shikshak Puraskar in 2015-16.

The NSS Director, Mr. Shivraj Bokade, was conferred upon the Indira Gandhi NSS National award at the hands of Honorable President of India in 2017.  

The university has hosted mega events like Avishkar, Avhan, Indradhanush, Utkarsh and Ashwamedh during the last five years.

Make in India- Make in University Policy:

Through university’s incubation centre, company for developing incubates under section 8A has been registered through which awareness programs have been regularly conducted. Recently about 15 scholars have registered their entry as incubatee under this scheme. It is expected that these scholars will establish a small-size company based on ideas they have.

More than 300 students have been benefited and around 250 participants were trained on sophisticated equipment in the Instrumentation Workshops organized in collaboration with the Western Regional Instrumentation Centre (WRIC).

http://www.srtmun.ac.in/images/PermanentData/RUSACenter/ReportonWorkshopMaintenanceandOperationofLaboratoryEquipment.pdf

Social Responsibility:

More than 300 students have been benefited and around 250 participants were trained on sophisticated equipment in the Instrumentation Workshops organized in collaboration with the Western Regional Instrumentation Centre (WRIC)

http://www.srtmun.ac.in/images/PermanentData/RUSACenter/ReportonWorkshopMaintenanceandOperationofLaboratoryEquipment.pdf

504 students have been benefitted by the SWAS (Student Welfare Assistance Scheme) with a total amount of Rs. 14,08,075/- incurred on it.

http://www.srtmun.ac.in/en/finance/scholarship-section.html

As a part of “Green University – Clean University,” 25000 saplings/trees were planted on the campus with a good survival rate. 10 small-sized ponds have been created for storing rainwater in collaboration with Suryodaya Foundation which has substantially increased the underground water level.  

https://youtu.be/5gVelgCECRM

The university has a 270 MW rooftop solar power plant which meets 40 % electricity requirement. LED lights are also in use. Recommendations of Energy Audit have been implemented.

Solar energy generation – Solar panels on roof top of School of Pharmacy

PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED AND RESOURCES REQUIRED:

Lack of awareness and motivation with regards use of ICT for academic/research/administrative activities had to be overcome through series of awareness and training programmes. 

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