For promotion of research in social sciences, Panjab University has approved the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID) and Institute for Development and Communication (IDC) as research centres.
The decision will enable the students of the university to enrol under faculty of CRRID and IDC, both city-based social research think tanks, for PhD.
Both the institutes have been added in the Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster (CRIKC), which earlier had 13 institutes — Bio-Processing Unit (BPU), Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO), Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research (IISERs), National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute (NABI), Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Punjab Engineering College (PEC) University of Technology — doing research in sciences.
Giving details, Prof Lalit Kumar Bansal, PU dean research, said the students of the varsity could now enrol under any faculty of both the institutes, who were eligible to act as supervisors as per the laid down guidelines of University Grants Commission (UGC).
He further said the students would have the freedom to decide from where they wanted to do their course work. However, the proposed title of the thesis would only be approved by the university research board.
CRRID and IDC are both autonomous research institutes. CRRID promotes research, publication, development, training and similar creative activities in selected subjects in the humanities, Indian culture, comparative religion, social sciences, natural sciences, industry and agriculture in the northwest region, while IDC is associated with peace, conflicts resolution and policing; governance, gender and development studies; and education.
Terming it a positive step, IDC director Parmod Kumar said the move would help in promoting research in social sciences in the region.
“The students and faculty of the university can attend our courses and share our data and use our methods for the purpose of research,” he said.
Started in 2012, CRIKC aims at identifying and carrying out joint and collaborative research projects, and initiating joint teaching/training programmes, including pre-PhD courses.
It also encourages pooling of research facilities of the participating institutions and policy planning for better comprehension of union government’s programmes.
The administration of CRIKC is managed by the advisory committee consisting of heads of participating institutions with PU vice-chancellor Arun Kumar Grover as its chairman.