On February 1, 2020, Directorate of Research and Innovation organised a one-day seminar on Research Avenues: Opportunities and Conversion. The seminar was designed especially for faculty members and researchers. The objective of the seminar was to make the participants aware of various funding opportunities and provide them with a broad insight into the proposal application and review process. A total of eighty-four faculty members and researchers participated in which sixty-two were from Nirma University, and twenty-two students were from different universities and research organisations of Gujarat.
Dr Sundeep Sarin, Advisor and Scientist ‘G’, Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, was the chief guest of the function and delivered the keynote address. Dr Anup Singh, Director General, Nirma University delivered the presidential address in the inaugural session. Dr Ryan Pereira, Regional Officer, United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), Mumbai; Dr Subhash Soni, Mission Director, Gujarat State Biotechnology Mission (GSBTM); Dr Shilpi Paul, Scientist E, Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), New Delhi; Dr Ravi AV Kumar, Scientist, School Co-Director, Institute of Plasma Research, Ahmedabad and Ms Khyati Ved, Senior Manager in Higher Education & Society, West India, British Council Division, Mumbai were invited as resource persons for the seminar to deliver information about the respective funding agencies. Dr PN Tekwani, Director, Directorate of Nirma University also delivered a session on other funding agencies.