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Institute for Intensive Research in Basic Sciences
A state level nodal centre for Inter Disciplinary Studies has been set up in MahatmaGandhiUniversity, Kottayam, Kerala to impart a high quality scientific education to the youth of India today – the program is revolutionary insofar as it seeks to create scientists who also have a deep appreciation of humanities. The five year Integrated Interdisciplinary MS program launched in 2009 has many innovative aspects. There are opportunities for employment through education as well as visits to reputed institutions within India and abroad. In addition to class room learning and experimental work , students will carry out original research. There are lectures by eminent visiting faculty, and extensive usage of technology enhanced learning techniques. It is also proposed to launch an innovative integrated PhD program in basic science.
Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies
New knowledge and new initiatives can only originate at the boundaries of disciplines. The centre functions with complete academic and administrative autonomy and operates through a single-window system under the university. The governing council is constituted with persons of national stature to prevent the centre from falling prey to parochial sentiments.
The Centre offers an Interdisciplinary integrated MS-PhD program for carrying out teaching and research in high priority areas of basic science.
The course is designed with unique innovative features covering contemporary thrust areas in Science and Humanities disciplines and conducted through
•Original research work.
•Extensive use of technology enhanced learning techniques.
The learning process is broad and flexible. Knowledge generation is a part of the curriculum.
Maintenance of the instruments and Laboratory is also an integral part of the curriculum.
Objectives of the MS Program
•To develop highly talented human resource who can be at the forefront of new scientific revolution, and thereby serve the country’s need for fundamental research in science.
•To improve the standards of higher learning in the country, and to disseminate the scientific temper in the student fraternity.
•To enable students to analyze and solve problems keeping the Indian scenario in mind.
•To develop human resource for deployment in leading research organizations, Universities, and Industrial establishments like agro-pharmaceutical industry etc.
•To motivate the students to pursue basic research leading to the award of Ph.D. degree.
•To facilitate and promote filing of patents , and management of Intellectual Property Rights within the University system in the country.
•To inculcate a strong sense of ethics.
The Centre at a glance
•The curricular details, instrumentation facility and the inter-disciplinary centre are complementary and constitute the knowledge centre. Learning, knowledge creation and updating of curriculum and course structure are the part of centre’s activities.
•Empowerment of basic science education.
•Training programs for thematic and purposeful learning and research.
•Direct participation of the students in the operation and maintenance of the instrumentation facility and laboratory.
•Self evolving and auto catalytic mechanism of generation of knowledge and exploitation by the same system.
•Identifying the challenges and thrust areas, priorities of knowledge and tuning the learning process accordingly.
•Curriculum is linked with skill generation.
•The centre acts as a facilitator and catalyst for joint programs between different institutions of higher learning and research.
•The involvement of students in the day-to-day functioning of the centre , makes them more responsible and self-dependent.
•The functioning of the centre is monitored and governed by eminent experts from outside the University.
•The centre assess the state-of-the-art of all the subjects it is concerned with, and continuously updates the knowledge base in line with international trends.
The updated information is used as an input for planning and development. Since new knowledge is the basis of intellectual property, training and
management of IPR is a part-and-parcel of the curriculum.
•Adjunct faculty and visiting scholars are the core faculty for conducting academic programs.
•Stipend for students
•Trainee scientists (B.Sc./M.Sc./PhD) are the major work force.
•Skill generation is continuous.
•HPLC is a form of column chromatography used frequently in biochemistry and analytical chemistry to separate, identify, and quantify compounds based on their idiosyncratic polarities and interactions with the column's stationary phase. HPLC utilizes different types of stationary phase, a pump that moves the mobile phase(s) and analyte through the column, and a detector that provides a characteristic retention time for the analyte. The detector may also provide other characteristic information. Analyte retention time varies depending on the strength of its interactions with the stationary phase, the ratio/composition of solvent(s) used, and the flow rate of the mobile phase.
•With HPLC, a pump (rather than gravity) provides the high pressure required to propel the mobile phase and analyte through the densely packed column. The increased density arises from smaller particle sizes. This allows a better separation on columns of shorter length when compared to ordinary column chromatography.
•Research and innovations in teaching methodology
•The centre entertains teachers and researchers from colleges and schools to execute their research projects.
•Short-term training programs in NMR and HPLC instrumentations.
•The centre also undertakes collaborative research projects, and shares teaching/course material-aids with colleges and other universities.
•Conducts short term Resource Generation Camps for designing thematic question papers and purposeful teaching.
•Provides assistance to the researchers for protecting their intellectual property(patent/copyright etc.)
•Create awareness about patents and challenges and opportunities in contemporary research.
•Services also include prior art search, drafting and filing patent applications etc.
•Technical help for marketing the inventions and transferring the technology or know-how.
•To promote projects aimed at the development of new techniques (Home-grown technologies)
•Arranging workshops, seminars and conferences periodically.