Bathinda, June 30: The Office of the Dean Research at the Central University of Punjab under the patronage of Vice Chancellor Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari organized an invited lecture on the topic ‘Effective Grant Writing: A way forward to Research’. The keynote speaker of the programme was Prof. V.K. Singh, Professor of Chemistry, IIT Kanpur and Former Director, IISER, Bhopal.
The programme commenced with a welcome address by Prof. Raj Kumar, Dean School of Health Sciences where he mentioned that the purpose of this programme is to acquaint our young faculty and research scholars with techniques of drafting an effective research proposal. This followed by an inaugural address by Prof. Anjana Munshi, Dean Research, where she introduced the speaker and said that the University was pleased to host such an eminent speaker.
While addressing the participants, Prof. V.K. Singh threw light on the various types of calls made by government agencies to sanction research grants like Startup Research Grant, Core Research Grant, Intensification of Research in High Priority Areas etc. He stated that during the early stages of drafting a proposal, a researcher need to select a call which they want to apply through, identify the research problem, propose the idea for its solution, emphasize its applicability, and elaborate its benefits to the society. He underlined that the introductory aspects of the research proposal such as Title, Summary and Objectives should be well-drafted in a simplified language, be focused and to the point. The Work Plan of a Research Proposal including the methodology, time schedule and plan of action for utilization of research outcome should be practical, measurable and as per the time frame of the Research Project. He asserted that the applicant should follow research ethics and propose a genuine budget for the Research Proposal. Prof. Singh stressed that an applicant should understand the importance of time limit while delivering their lectures/presentation in front of the reviewing committee and should handle questions of reviewers with a positive approach. Post lecture, participants shared their queries with the expert speaker which were properly answered.
In his presidential address Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari, the Vice Chancellor, conveyed his gratitude towards the expert speaker for enlightening the participants on the topic of the programme. He stated that this programme has served its objective of motivating our faculty and scholars to write effective research proposals and to enhance their chances of receiving research grants.
Towards the end, Prof. Ramakrisha Wusirika, Dean Incharge Academics, gave concluding remarks and proposed formal vote of thanks. The programme was attended by Deans, HoDs, faculty and students of the university.