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Research @ SH

The college has a vigorous research culture with six of its departments (Economics, Commerce, Botany, Chemistry, Physics, Zoology) being recognized research centres facilitating research leading to the award of Ph. D. by the MG University, Kottayam. As many as 32 Ph. D degrees have been awarded through these departments in the last five years. In addition, over 400 research articles have been published in national and international research journals by its research departments. Currently, 47 scholars are engaged in research in the college.

Research Policy

The college is committed to facilitating the process of knowledge creation by ensuring the availability of an environment conducive to research by both staff and students of the college. In this regard, the institution has devised a comprehensive Research Policy aimed at promoting research at all academic levels. Having identified the emphasis on research as a key component of the institution’s quality assurance measures, the policy contains the following key aims.

Aims

  • To develop intellectual capital and innovation by encouraging interdisciplinary research.

  • To demonstrate quality in research by upholding integrity and ethics.

  • To ensure that researchers follow the code of ethics as stated by the UGC and the affiliating university.

  • To integrate research and teaching through instructional and translational research.

  • To coordinate research activities and to align them with the vision and mission of the college.

  • To provide reliable information on the research opportunities offered by different academic, research, industrial or government establishments.

  • To help the faculty to avail leave, grants and scholarships to further research.

  • To liaison between various authorised channels or agencies funding research.

  • To facilitate research publications in recognized National/International journals.

  • To encourage the students, scholars and faculty to participate and present papers in seminars, conferences and workshops.

  • To promote community-oriented researches with a distinct social dimension.

Objectives

The main objectives of the College’s Research Policy are:

  • Promoting research as an inevitable part of post graduate programme and promote innovation by encouraging interdisciplinary research and joint and individual research projects.

  • To provide post graduate students of other institutions for research projects.
  • To give access and training for faculty in various academic institutions.
  • To demonstrate quality by maintaining integrity and ethics in research.
  • To encourage and facilitate publication in various recognized National/International journals.
  • Faculty are encouraged to apply for major grants and minor grants for research. New instruments are purchased using financial support so that researchers are provided with the latest technologies.

Promotion of Research

The college supports its faculty members to obtain research degrees, by making all possible concessions within the framework of the institutional HR policy. Faculty encouraged to undertake Minor and Major research projects and attain Post-doctoral fellowships. Sacred Heart Advanced Research Endeavour (SHARE) is a forum to promote and understand research related advancements and application. Headed by the Dean of Research, SHARE is an interdisciplinary forum, consisting of students, teachers and research scholars. The forum regularly organizes lectures, workshops, seminars and discussions on the frontier areas of research. Alongside SHARE, Sacred Heart Research Initiative (SHRI) offers seed money to faculty to undertake socially relevant and useful research projects.

Research Departments

The seven research departments of the college testify to the vibrant research culture of the institution. Each department regularly reviews and updates the guidelines of research. Software, laboratory and library resources are promptly provided to research scholars. Undergraduate students are required to submit a project work of practical and social relevance at the end of their course. At the postgraduate level, students are required to ensure that their dissertations meet the accepted standards of publication. The college library provides access to plagiarism checking services for both students and faculty members. Students are required to produce a certificate from the library stating the percentage of plagiarism detected in their dissertations. Projects found to be extensively plagiarised are not evaluated.

Research Publications

The college has instituted two journals as platforms for faculty members, research scholars and students to publish original research findings. The journals encourage contributors to bring issues of contemporary importance to the notice of society. The College also has an international journal which promotes creative writing, academic research in humanities, culture and arts.

Policy Regarding Upgradation of Research Facilities

Sacred Heart College is always committed to update the research infrastructure available in the institution. Research guides are meeting regularly to assess the situation and decisions are being taken to purchase new instruments whenever it is necessary. Financial support from funding agencies like Fund for Improvement of S&T Infrastructure in Universities and Higher Educational Institutions (FIST) were utilized for this purpose. International reputed journals like Nature and Science were subscribed using research funding.

Science departments are having a common instrumentation lab where sophisticated instruments like, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Lyophiliser and UV spectrometer, Microscope are placed. Periodic maintenance is done for the instruments.

Under the FIST-Department of Science and Technology (DST) support quantum computational software like Gaussian 09 was purchased. Updation of the software is done periodically and workshops are arranged every year to promote research for faculty of different colleges.

By the end of 2019, college again got FIST funding from DST and planning to upgrade the research facilities in science departments by purchasing instruments like high vacuum pump, fluorimeter etc.

Both UG and PG students are provided with access to search engines like Mendeley in the library. Regular purchase of new computers and softwares are done for writing up the research work.

The college is also determined to facilitate the process of academic research as it is having a well-defined research policy. The policy ensures that there are adequate basic instruments available and the library has updated journals on line and offline.