The Directorate of Research and Innovation (DRI), Nirma University, organised one-day Seminar on“Exploring Funding Opportunities to Enhance Research” on February 16, 2019. The main objective of the seminar was to provide information about the various funding opportunities available to the faculty members and researchers to boost their research contributions. The seminar was attended by approximately seventy (70) participants. The representatives of the major project funding agencies like, DST, GUJCOST, DRDO, United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), British Council, ISRO-Respond, etc. delivered sessions and interacted with the participants.
Dr. A. Mukhopadhyay, Former Head, R&D Infrastructure Division, Department of Science & Technology (DST), New Delhi was the chief guest of the inaugural function and Dr.Anup K. Singh, Director General, Nirma University was the president of the function. Dr. A. Mukhopadhyaydelivered a talk on “R&D Options for Young Researchers”.Dr. Ryan Pereira, Regional Officer, United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF), Mumbai briefed the participants about the “Fulbright-Nehru and other Fulbright Fellowships for India Citizens”. Dr.NarottamSahoo, Advisor and Member Secretary, GUJCOST, Gandhinagar shared information about the funding opportunities available to the faculty members through DST, Govt. of Gujarat Dr.Parul Patel, Head-RESPOND and Research Coordination Division, Space Applications Centre (SAC-ISRO), Ahmedabad discussed about the research opportunities available from the ISRO to the academia. During the post lunch session, Dr. M. K. Pandey, Jt. Director,Extra Mural Research & Intellectual Property Right, Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), New Delhi delivered a thought provoking lecture on a topic – “Ways and Means to Collaborate with DRDO on Research”. Ms. Moumita Bhattacharya, Head, British Council, Ahmedabad, spoke about the scholarships available to the Indian students from the UK, the UKIERI and the Newton-Bhabha fund available to the faculty members.