Bathinda: In continuation to its pursuit towards creating new knowledge to make India Vishwaguru and to strengthen international research collaborations as envisioned in NEP2020, the Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB) faculty achieved another milestone by bagging two International Joint Research Projects. Dr. Surender Kumar Sharma from CUPB Dept. of Physics and Dr. Sandeep Kaur from CUPB Dept. of Economics contributed to this accomplishment by getting an International Joint Research Project each in the field of nano science and social sciences respectively
Dr. Surender Kumar Sharma, Associate Professor, CUPB Dept. of Physics received a joint research project in nano science discipline under the India-Slovenia Bilateral Scientific and Technological Cooperation programme funded by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India and Slovenian Research Agency, Republic of Slovenia. The title of the project is ‘Investigation of ferrimagnetic vortex iron oxide-based nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia applications. Under this project Dr. Surender Kumar Sharma (CUPB, India) will work in collaboration with Dr. Darko Makovec, Dept. for Materials Synthesis, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia, to develop supplementary thermal therapy (an alternate to current chemotherapy) for cancer treatment. The project is of three years duration and in this tenure, DST will provide funding of about Rs 15 Lakh to researchers. Under this project, there will total be 12 visits each of 15-30 days (6 for Indian researchers and 6 for Slovenian researchers) over the next 3 years to carry this research.
Dr. Sandeep Kaur, Associate Professor, CUPB Dept. of Economics got sanction order of the Joint Research Project under ICSSR (India)–NIHSS (South Africa) Joint Research Programme in the field of Social Sciences. The title of the project is “Women, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Possible Lessons from India and South Africa”. The project is for two years duration. Under this project, Dr. Sandeep Kaur will jointly conduct research with Prof. Mammo Muchie, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria. In this tenure, both the principal investigators will travel to each other locations and participate in the combined research activities which include a field survey of Indian and South Africa to understand the innovation under social entrepreneurship. As a part of the project, the investigators will conduct a Workshop/Conference on the project theme. The ICSSR has sanctioned a grant-in-aid of Rs. 13.7 Lakh for the above joint research project.
Prof. Raghavendra P. Tiwari, the Vice Chancellor, congratulated both the faculty members for getting the International Joint Research Project. He stated that the award of international joint research collaborations will not only help our scientists to develop innovative solutions for various social problems but also help to actualize the university’s vision to represent our country in the international scientific community.