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The beginning of Research activities in the University dates back to the institution of the Department of Research in 1937 under the auspices of the University of Travancore founded in the same year. The research programmes in various disciplines are undertaken by the Departments and Centres of Teaching and Research of the University and also under the recognised Research Centres under the University. These activities include the research done by students who have joined for their Doctorate studies, M.Phil programme, the Dissertation work or mini research projects done by the students at the Post Graduate levels and also research by post doctoral researchers faculty, technical/research scientist and visiting scientists. Sponsored research projects with funding from external sources and consultancy are also undertaken.
"The University of Kerala is increasingly aware of the need to orient its research towards meeting current and future needs of the society. While teaching and extension dimensions are not to be compromised, there is an ever increasing need to commit more resources to scale up knowledge generation. The Intellectual property rights policy being considered by the University is expected to be a major catalyst in propelling our research." - Dr. A Jayakrishnan, Vice-Chancellor
The research programmes under the University focuses on Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Applied Sciences, Languages and also Arts. The University with its good number of researchers and the Ph.Ds produced ranks one of the best Universities in South India. There are many ongoing research projects funded and sponsored by various reputed organizations. Our Doctoral and Post Doctoral Fellows not only include native students, but also many from various countries.
Each Department has identified trust areas of research, with the objective of
(1) making research socially relevant and
(2) contributing significantly to the discipline.
Specific research programmes are undertaken by each Department in each thrust area, depending on the availability of expertise and infrastructure. The University encourages members of the faculty to take up externally funded research projects for which simplified operational procedures have been followed. The teachers and other researchers of various Departments have established collaborative programmes with scientists and faculty from other Centres.
The extent and nature of collaborations involve
(a) Collaborative research projects,
(b) sharing of facilities
(c) combined guidance of students for Ph.D. programme
(d) Inputs for data analysis
(e) dissertation work and students exchange.
The results of research work of various research Department and Centres are published in the form of original research articles in peer reviewed journals, reviews, monograph, reports, edited volumes and Books.
Most of the faculty members serve as referees in national and international journals and members of the editorial Boards. A few journals are also published by various Departments or by the faculty on behalf of professional societies. The University also supports publication of journals by professional societies/institutions. To promote research, the University has also established a few awards for the research work. Contributions of eminent scholars and scientists are also recognised by the University by conferring honorary degree of DSc and D Litt.
The Admission to the Doctorate programmes of the University is mainly done through an entrance examination conducted during the months of November/ December every year. All the students admitted to full time research in the University Departments are given University Junior Research Fellowship, provided they do not, avail fellowship from any other sources. Students, who have qualified UGC/CSIR/DBT/ICMR/ICAR/NET examinations or have KSCSTE fellowships/GATE or have completed M.Phil, are exempted from entrance test. For the details of Rules and Procedures Relating to Registration for and the award of the Ph.D. Degree, click here.
A registered Doctoral student under the university has to keep the research proposal before the Doctoral Committee of the Department under which he/she is registered. Being a research student, one has to do the course work also and their work progress will be constantly monitored. Every Department has its own research training components such as journal club, seminar and Colloquium as prerequisite for submission of Thesis. Pre-submission seminar and publication in approved peer reviewed journals and presentation of the work in National/ International Seminars are obligatory University requirement for submitting the Thesis for Ph.D. A three member expert panel will be evaluating the thesis and as a last step to attain a Doctorate, the researcher has to defend the Thesis in an Open Defence.
A Research Council is constituted with senior faculty members of the University, members of Syndicate, Heads of the R&D institutions with the Vice Chancellor as Chairman and senior faculty member nominated as Director of Research, in order to make research meaningful and relevant to the society and to increase extent of interaction between University faculty and students and scholars in other research and development institutes, and to promote academic industry interaction. Currently Dr P R Sudhakaran, Professor of Biochemistry is the Director/Dean of Research and Industrial Consultancy. The Consultancy activities of the University are coordinated by an Industry University Cell.
"The University produces 100-200 PhDs every year with over 60% of them in the area of Science, Applied Sciences, Medicine, and Engineering & Technology. In 2009, two patents were filed by its faculty/students.Our bright and creative students and researchers are our major strength. If they channel their energy and commitment to knowledge generation, our University would be able to scale further heights in research." - Prof. P R Sudhakaran, Former Director of Research, UoK