With the aim of improving research productivity done through sponsored projects and industrial consultancy, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has established a ‘Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy Cell (SRICC). The single-window system is set up to facilitate the functioning of projects. Meanwhile, Prof. DS Pandey of the university has been appointed as responsible for the recently launched SRICC.
According to the institute, the cell will be used for end-to-end management of the full lifecycle of all sponsored research and industrial consulting projects. It will facilitate the development and submission of project proposals, hassle-free administration of projects and networking with funding agencies, claims the free release issued by the institute.
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The Institute also announced that BHU Vice Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K Jain has appointed Prof. DS Pandey, of the Department of Chemistry, Institute of Science, as the responsible professor of SRICC.
“The SRICC will build intra-institutional and inter-institutional research collaborations by identifying and encouraging potential researchers from different faculties to develop large, disciplinary and interdisciplinary project proposals. It will also identify and nurture such thrust areas that have the potential for research collaborations, consultancy and outreach between the universities and industry,” the institute said.
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It further adds that the cell will network with industry and funding agencies, and disseminate information about funding opportunities to faculty members. Other key responsibilities of the SRICC include encouraging entrepreneurship among students and faculty, promoting university research in various forums, processing and managing project-related agreements and MoUs, processing appointment of project staff/postdoctoral fellows, creating opportunities for research and development activities, awards and scholarships for students and facilitating the creation and management of intellectual property rights (patents, designs.
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