200 Researchers meet at Jain (Deemed-to-be University)'s Annual Research Retreat
Jain (Deemed-to-be University) recently held its Annual Research Retreat for the 5th consecutive year.The purpose was to give a common platform for scholars across domains to discuss their individual works in progress related to research & academic
By: Jain (Deemed-to-be University)
The themes and speakers for each of the general and plenary sessions were meticulously selected, focusing on bettering the quality of the output of the research retreat with every year. A busy set of general & faculty plenary, concurrent, and breakout sessions were conducted over the two-day Retreat, which was attended by nearly 200 eminent speakers, research scholars, and doctoral guides.
The three general plenary sessions focused on the themes Towards Blue Economy: An Indian Perspective, Due Diligence in Research, and Empirical Research and Policy Making in Education. The faculty plenary sessions were dedicated to each of the four major disciplines. The speakers gave insights on specific themes in the domains of Sciences, Engineering, Social Sciences & Humanities, and Management.
The inaugural lecture was delivered by Dr. Chenraj Roychand, President, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) as is the tradition in the University's research retreat every year. Dr. Roychand gave a motivational talk as he spoke on the importance of awareness and regulation of our Circadian Rhythm. "One's productivity can increase with the understanding of the nuances of personal inspirations, strengths, motivations, and the working of the body. Therefore, achieving a Ph.D. is a process – but it will definitely happen."
He further encouraged the scholars to stay on track by focusing on five areas that help build resilience. He urged them to use all the opportunities and facilities available saying, "It is in your hands to be extraordinary. If I was able to do something from nothing, you can do much more with the something that you already have."
About 50% of scholars at the Ph.D. level have the probability to drop out owing to its high-end demands and a delay in completion of the course. Dr. Roychand propelled the scholars to remain passionate and brace the challenges. As an example of consistency, he mentioned Prof. B. Dattaguru, who has five decades of experience of teaching and research in Aerospace Engineering at IIAEM.
The research scholar's interests and boundaries of creativity go beyond. Madhulika, a research student in Performing Arts is currently experimenting on composing new dance forms based on the literary work of the renowned Kannada writer, D.V. Gundappa who is popularly known as DVG. Madhulika was intrigued by the numerous expressions in his literature and wanted to bring them out through the art of dance.
The Retreat has been one of the University's efforts to build an environment of learning, excellence, and quality for research within its space. When the scholars hear what other researchers have to say, present their respective work before them, get feedback and take the work forward – that exceptional culture is built.