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CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT OF PROJECTS

All the projects will be assessed on the basis of following criteria.

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Scientific Thoughts and Principles

Chief Patron

Creativity

Prof. R.C. Sobti

Vice Chancellor Panjab University, Chandigarh 160014

Thoroughness

ANVESHAN

Association of Indian Universities

Skill

Relevance

Coordinator

Dr. (Mrs.) Praveen Rishi

Department of Microbiology Panjab University, Chandigarh - 160014 Phone : 0172-2534146 Fax: 0172-2541770 E:mail- [email protected]

Working Committee

Prof. R.K. Singla Prof. Sunita Kapila Prof. Rajan Gaur Prof. S.S. Randhwa Prof. Harsh Nayyar Prof. S.K. Shukla Dr. Ravi Mahajan

Cost - Effectiveness

Theoretical Knowledge of the Area of Research

Command in English

The final selection of projects will be based on the cumulative weightage given on all criteria. Apart from the above criteria, Scope of Commercialization of the projects will be considered as an additional merit. However, there will be no weightage point for this criterion. In case, the projects score equal cumulative weightage points, this criterion will be considered for making the final decision.

Organizing Secretaries

Dr. Sanjeev Sharma Dr. Devinder Mehta Dr. Harish Kumar

Dr. Mohanmeet Khosla Dr. Ashwani Koul Dr. M.C. Sidhu Dr. K.S. Bindra Dr. Upma Bagai Dr. Poonam Piplani

Panjab University, Chandigarh

(Under the auspices of AIU)

ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION

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Postgraduates who have completed the degree with good second division and enrolled in research.

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Candidates appearing in final year examination of Masters Programme.

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Interested Junior Lecturers with age 30 years or less may also be allowed to participate and present their project proposals in the Research Convention.

Advisory Committee

Prof. S.C. Vaidya Prof. A.S. Ahluwalia

Dr. S.K. Tomar Dr. Sanjeev Puri Dr. Rajat Sandhir Dr. A. Tanvi Dr. (Ms.) Abha Seth Dr. Karanjot Brar Dr. Richa Puri Dr. Rajiv Patnaik

Organizes

REGISTRATION FEE

A registration of Rs. 100/- (one hundred only) per proposal is required to be sent for University level competition in the form of Demand Draft drawn in favour of Coordinator, SRC, Panjab University, payable at Chandigarh. The research proposal along with the demand draft and the Registration form should be sent to the coordinator so as to reach latest by MAY 10, 2010.

Prof. Bhupinder Singh Bhoop Prof. Vijay Laxmi Sharma Dr. Krishan Gauba Prof. R.K. Pathak Prof. Alok Srivastava

Student Research Convention

(SRC-2010)

Dr. Jagtar Singh Dr. Sarabjit Singh Dr. Guldeep Singh Mr. Mritunjay Kumar

May 21, 2010 at

Panjab University

Chandigarh 160014

INTRODUCTION

Spirit of inquiry, creativity and innovativeness are some of the natural endowments bestowed upon human beings, which are the keys to transformation of life. These factors, when manifested in the form of research, open new frontiers of knowledge, which is instrumental for all forms of development. Perhaps, this is the reason for which research is recognized as one of the core functions of the universities/institutions of higher learning and the universities have been rendering this responsibility with utmost diligence. But, of late, research has become a subservient component in the university functioning. It is not considered a lucrative career option. Apart from this, resource constraints, lack of commitment, lack of proper encouragement, etc., are the impediments that are affecting the quality of research in our institutions of higher education. Another important factor for the deterioration of the quality of research is the absence of adequate training and other capacity building endeavour in our system, which has restricted students' creativity only to rote memory. On the contrary, their potential should be nurtured and exploited for the benefit of the society. In view of this, the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) has taken pioneering initiative to organize annual student research conventions for the aspiring researchers through out the country. These conventions aim at identifying the young and rising talent who would be promoted through proper encouragement and incentives. Also, an attempt shall be made to commercialize their research projects with industrial collaboration. The endeavour may accelerate scientific research and innovation and its application towards community development percolating down to the grassroot level.

SRC-2010 will be held in three phases : University level, Zonal level and National level. In the light of the above, Panjab University, Chandigarh, in association with AIU, is organizing a University Level Student Research Convention (SRC-2010) to select research proposals for the North Zone SRC to be held at University of Jammu from 4th - 6th June, 2010. Subsequently, the best proposals from various zones would be presented at National Level SRC to be held at Panjab University again from 11th - 13th August, 2010. The selected proposals at National Level SRC will be aptly rewarded and promoted for research by AIU. The University level Convention has been further divided into two levels:

participating at the university level SRC will be awarded with a Certificate of Merit.

FORMAT FOR THE RESEARCH PROJECT PROPOSALS

The research project proposal has to be submitted in duplicate along with a coding sheet. The project proposal and the coding sheet should be typed on one side of A4 size paper in Times New Roman (12 size) or Arial Font (11 size with one and half line spacing leaving 1" margin.

RESEARCH PROPOSAL

(Not more than 1500 words in total)

l of Project (in bold) Title l (A/B/C) Area l Abstract (not more than 150 words) l Introduction and Background l Methodology l Relevance l Discussion / Findings l References, if any

LEVEL 1

Each affiliated college/University Department is required to call for research proposals - either individual or group projects - in any one of the following three areas of study: A. Basic Sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany, Zoology and related disciplines). B. Allied Sciences (Biochemistry, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Energy Science, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Genetics, Microbiology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Electronics, Nano-Science and related disciplines). Engineering, Information Technology and related disciplines.

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CODING SHEET

lof the project Title l Name (s)* Author l Affiliation (s) Author l Address (s) Author l E-mail (s) Author l Phone/Mobile Number(s) Author

OBJECTIVES

To identify young talent with research aptitude and interest to take up research as career. l To promote to talent in research throughout the country. l To nurture talent through specialized training and education in some of the nationally and internationally reputed premier institutions of higher learning in the country. laugment financial and physical resources through To collaboration with different sponsors for supporting education and training of the young researchers. l To provide proper incentives to enhance the skill of potential candidates. l To initiate an intensive research culture in a selected group of institutions.

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These should be initially evaluated at the college/ departmental level as per the format and criteria given overleaf. After the evaluation at their end, not more than one proposal in each broad area should be sent by the College/department to the Coordinator so as to reach us latest by MAY 10, 2010.

LEVEL 2

Out of all the proposals received, the best three from each category will be short-listed by a panel of experts at PU. For this, the contributors of these short-listed proposals will be required to demonstrate their work as a podium (LCD/OHP) presentation on May 21, 2010 for further evaluation by another panel of experts. The best proposals selected in each of the categories at University Level will be forwarded for evaluation at zonal level to be held at University of Jammu. These best proposals will also be awarded suitably by Panjab University. However, all the students

*In the case of team project, the presenting author should be underlined Author(s) and their contact details must be mentioned only on the coding sheet but not anywhere else in the research proposal.

FORMAT FOR PODIUM PRESENTATION

The students will make a 7-8 minutes' presentation using OHP/LCD projector. This will be followed by a 2-3 minutes' question-answer session.

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