Excellence is the common thread of all academic activities at the University. University, through its research and partnerships office, currently runs two schemes to encourage and foster research activities. The Opportunities for Undergraduate Research (OUR) program targets Undergraduate students to enable their interest and creativity. The Faculty Grant for Interdisciplinary Research (FGIR) program has been designed to foster interdisciplinary research among the various schools at the University. 

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research (OUR) Program

The Opportunities for Undergraduate Research (OUR) is one of the pioneering and flagship program at Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence, which has paved the way for undergraduate students to conduct original research with faculty. As an extracurricular program, it allows the students to explore ideas beyond their program of study, driven purely by interest.

The OUR program aims to give students hands-on experience in conducting research and doing independent work under faculty supervision. This program has paved the way for students to learn by discovery, have greater student-faculty interaction, and expand the level of research activity on campus, besides helping to identify and train potential candidates for the University’s graduate programs. Students are expected to develop a foundational understanding of how research is conducted in their disciplines, develop a greater understanding of the information resources available and the way to utilize them as well as how to interpret research outcomes.

The current year (2022-23) runs the program’s ninth edition with 150 approved projects. 

Faculty Grant for Interdisciplinary Research (FGIR) program

The University launched an internal faculty grants scheme for interdisciplinary research to promote collaboration across the four Schools of Engineering, Natural Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences and Management & Entrepreneurship. The Faculty Grants for Interdisciplinary Research (FGIR) is based around four thematic areas viz. Environment, Energy, Data and Computation and Cognition and Behaviour. 

The call for proposals went out to the faculty members on 5th Dec 2022. The deadline for submitting proposals was 31 January 2023 

Minimum Eligibility

The team should have at least two Principal Investigators (Regular faculty members) from within the University with substantial individual contributions. The Principal Investigators should hail from different schools.

The proposal should fall under the thematic areas mentioned above. 

The following six proposals have been selected for funding under the Faculty Grant for Interdisciplinary Research (FGIR) call. We received a total of 29 proposals in response to our call, and the selection was made based on two rounds of expert external evaluation. 

Title: Indian pollution scenarios of PM10 and PM2.5: Local measurement to regional emission modeling through atmospheric chemistry, health impact assessment and spatial distributions.

Faculty Investigators: Dr. Sailesh Narayan Behera (Civil Engineering), Dr. Samit Bhattacharyya (Mathematics), Dr. Yamini Sudha Sistla (Chemical Engineering). | Budget: Maximum budget of 20 lakh rupees | Timeline: 24 months

Title: Visible light induced removal of 1, 4-dioxane contaminant from the drinking water using microfluidic technology: A cost and energy efficient strategy of water treatment.

Faculty Investigators: Dr. Subhabrata Sen (Chemistry) and Dr. V.M. Rajesh (Chemical Engineering) | Budget: Maximum budget of 20 lakh rupees | Timeline: 24 months

Title: Organic Photoswitchable Ferroelectric and Piezoelectric Materials for Next-generation Smart Electronic Devices and Energy Harvesting.

Faculty Investigators: Dr. Parthapratim Munshi (Chemistry), Dr. Meha Bhogra (Mechanical Engineering) | External Investigator: Dr. R. Boomi Shankar, Professor, Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Pune | Budget: Maximum budget of 10 lakh rupees | Timeline: 24 months

Title: Precursors for aeroelastic instabilities using machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms with a specific focus on wind turbine blades and micro aerial vehicles. 

Faculty Investigators: Dr. Venkatramani Jagadish (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Ajit Kumar (Mathematics) | External Investigator: Dr. Gopalakrishnan Ananthanarayanan, Associate Professor, Center for Computational Engineering & Networking, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, Tamilnadu, India | Budget: Maximum budget of 10 lakh rupees | Timeline: 18 months

Title: Cognition of Sexual Harassment and the Role of Policy.

Faculty Investigators: Dr. Debarati Basu (SME), Dr. Paromita Goswami (SME), Dr. Aadya Kaktikar (Arts, Media and Performance), Dr. Shabana Mitra (Economics) | Budget: Maximum budget of 15 lakh rupees | Timeline: 21 months

Title: Earth Observation of Development Activities in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) Region and their Impacts on Natural as well as Human Landscapes: Transnational Case Studies.

Faculty Investigators: Dr. Prem C. Pandey (CESE), Dr. Jagbandhu Dixit (Civil Engineering), Dr. Jabin T. Jacob (IRGS) | External Investigator: Dr. Manish Pandey, Assistant Professor, Centre for Research and Development, Chandigarh University, Mohali, Punjab | Budget: Maximum budget of 20 lakh rupees | Timeline: 24 months

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