Centre For Research & Development

Centre For Research & Development

To give research an impetus in the institution an exclusive Centre has been created in Sree Saraswathi Thyagaraja College (STC) in the year 2010 called Centre for Research and Development (CRD). The Vision, Mission and Goal of the Centre were drawn by keeping in view of the prospective development of the Centre to an international Think Tank.
VISION
Emerge as a Centre of Excellence through Research and Development
MISSION
Synergise academia for the Development and Welfare of the Society
GOAL
Achieve the Millennium Development Goals of UN
Rigorous and systematic research is the ultimate means to overcome the critical challenges our nation facing today. STC is been involved with rural society more than a decade and wanted to become a development partner of the Nation and it resulted in the formation of this Centre. CRD is adhered to make strategic investments to address crucial socio-economic problems faced by rural India to bring out viable solutions with technology supported means.
OBJECTIVES
  • To foster research culture in the institution
  • To address the development challenges in tune with the changing needs of the economy and society.
  • To address the problems of deprived sections and marginalised communities
  • To identify potential resources to promote sustainable local economic development
  • Create links with national and international agencies to promote Research
  • Resource mobilisation to strengthen the research activities
KEY RESEARCH AREAS
  • Commerce, Business and Industry
  • Technology and Development
  • Information Technology
  • Communication and Media Research
  • Globalisation and Economic Development
  • Policy Research and Reforms
  • Poverty, Vulnerability and Social Security
  • Sustainable Development
  • Local Economic Development
  • Decentralisation Support Research
  • Gender and Development
  • Participatory Planning Strategies
  • Agriculture
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Forest, Wildlife and Environment
  • Indigenous Knowledge, Heritage and Culture
  • Sustainable Livelihood Issues
CRD focuses on cultivating a research culture in the institution by instilling research aptitude and interest among faculty and students through motivation, inspiration, capacitation and empowerment to carryout research activities in their respected area.
FACULTY RESEARCH STRENGTH IN STC
The present strength of STC is 148 and out of which 107 possess research degrees like MPhil /PhD or MPhil and PhD. 77 are engaged in academic research activities like MPhil or PhD. The detailed status has been given here. Besides academic research like MPhil/PhD 10 faculties are involved with Major/Minor Projects of UGC also. As a total of 87 faculties are involved in research, it means 59% of the total faculties are doing research works. Besides this some of the non teaching staffs are also pursuing research activities and it witnesses the exclusive status of STC in the research map.
RESEARCH PROJECTS
Creating a research environment to promote research activities in the form of sending research proposals and projects for national and international agencies is the pivotal responsibility of CRD. It acts as a catalyst in imbibing cutting edge research ideas and methods among the faculty and students in the institution.
A tremendous growth in the field of research is tangible with the creation of CRD as it performs tandem with its creators’ vision to strengthen research activities in STC. Promoting research activities of the faculty and rendering all technical expertise to them to initiate, develop, process and submit research proposals before apex academic bodies like UGC and ICSSR and national and international agencies for financial assistance is the principal responsibility of CRD.
Faculty participates in research project activities financed by apex academic institutions of the country named University Grants Commission and Indian Council for Social Science Research. STC started to receive financial assistance in the year 2008 and received 12 Major and 38 Minor projects from UGC and ICSSR till 2014. 13 research projects have been completed and submitted before the concerned bodies. CRD is acting as the coordinating cell to the departments to channelize their research activities to be submitted to proper agencies for funding.
It successfully achieved a record in the year 2014 with a ginormous amount of Minor Projects sanctioned from UGC and a project from Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR), New Delhi. By obtaining 30 Minor Projects from UGC and one project from MoPR the research status of STC reached new horizons with 38 ongoing projects which elucidates the motto of the Management ‘Extra ordinary results with ordinary and limited resources’.

Department

Completed

Ongoing

Funding Agency

Total

Principal

1

UGC

1

Tamil

3

UGC

3

English

Mathematics

1

UGC

1

PG Commerce

7

UGC/ICSSR

7

PG International Business

3

UGC

3

UG Commerce

6

UGC

6

Commerce (Computer Applications)

5

UGC

5

Commerce (Professional Accounting)

3

UGC

3

Commerce (Applied Business Accounting)

2

UGC

2

Computer Applications

2

UGC

2

PG Computer Sciences

1

UGC

1

UG Computer Sciences

3

UGC

3

BCA

1

UGC

1

Computer Technology

1

UGC

1

Information Technology

1

UGC

1

Social Work

2

UGC

2

Management (MBA)

1

3

UGC

4

Management (BBA)

2

UGC

2

Centre for Counselling and Guidance

1

1

UGC/ICSSR

2

Centre for Research and Development

1

MoPR

1

Total

13

38

 

51

Started as a facilitating Centre for Departments to carry out their research activities, CRD also stepped into independent research activities and submitted more than 25 proposals to national and international agencies. CRD has received financial assistance for a project from Ministry of Panchayati Raj, New Delhi, on the effectiveness of grievance redressal mechanism in Local Self government Institutions for women.

To spread the wings of development, CRD has collaborative networking with Non Government al Organisations, Research Institutions, Academic Bodies, Government Agencies, National and International Organisations. A Research Advisory Board (RAB) has been constituted with prominent personalities from Academia, Industry, Research and Development, Government sector, Agriculture etc who are at niche in their respective fields to strengthen the activities of CRD. The Centre has successfully achieved membership in 20 national and International organisations including Asian Development Bank, UNECOSOC, Planning Commission of India, Social Welfare Board, USAID etc.
A proud member in
  • United States Agency for International Development (DUNS Number 864151179)
  • Global Development Network
  • Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council
  • Aid Connect
  • European Commission
  • Department for International Development (ID 42722)
  • International Initiative for Impact Evaluation
  • Principles of Responsible Management Education
  • Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership
  • Association for Women’s Rights in Development
  • Private Enterprise Development in Low Income Countries
  • Oxfam India
  • Ecosystems Services for Poverty Alleviation
  • Climate and Development Knowledge Network
  • United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • United Nations Global Compact
  • ADB Consultant Management System (CMS)
  • Planning Commission (NGO Partnership)Unique ID TN/2012/0051954
  • Central Social Welfare Board (NGO ID  TN/00026747)

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