SRM University Research Day is celebrated in the University campus every year since 2012 on February 27 to provide an opportunity to students to showcase and exhibit their burning aptitude for research as well as giving a chance to the student community to get comprehensive knowledge on diverse research activities being carried out in the Institution. This year as many as 512 papers were presented by students, research and faculty members of SRM University with Gold and Silver medals awarded for the same.
The day was attended by a number of distinguished speakers including Padma Vibushan Professor P. Rama Rao. Prof. Rao spoke on the significance and value of scientific research. He said that the significance of research cannot be measured.
Professor P. Rama Rao who is the Chairman of the Governing Council of Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore argued that the Manhattan Project launched by the United States was perhaps the quintessential example of grand synthesis of knowledge, investment manpower under a magnificient leader. “That is what a Project is all about,” Prof. Rao told faculty, researchers and students on the occasion of SRM University’s Research Day. “None of the cutting edge scientific ideas involved big capital or by government but by brilliant minds”, the leading scientist of India maintained.
“I was delighted when SRM University’s Chancellor and President spoke about the value of Research and Publications. I have not heard about these themes or even Research Day in many universities. SRM scores very uniquely both in terms of a Research Institute and in having a Research Day”, Prof. Rao said.
He also remarked that if there are more and more researchers, India will have the potential of putting out 25% of graduate students (Post Graduate) in the world. “America excels in individual freedom and pursuit of happiness as a key to their achievement and if we were to ask the question as to why we are not achieving like that of the United States and my answer would be that the United States created the world’s greatest universities”, he said.
There are at least three aspects to higher learning that would have to be factored in argued Professor Biswanath Mukherjee, Distinguished Professor of Computer Science from the University of California at Davis, USA—leadership and a ability to have a discourse with people whom we do not agree with; education and in the ease with which we handle situations that are not generally taught as a part of course work; and entertaining contrarian views. “The pre-requisite to extra-ordinary achievement is extra-ordinary effort. Not everybody is a super star. Achieve to your potential and beyond”, Dr. Mukherjee told the audience.
Dr. T.R. Paarivendhar, the Founder Chancellor of SRM University speaking on the occasion said that these events are celebrated to motivate and encourage the students. Research must be developed so that higher levels of glory can be achieved. “We are celebrating a number of events at this University that are quite common. But Research day is special. We stand apart from others,” said the Founder Chancellor.
Dr. R.P. Sathyanarayan, the President of SRM University said, “Noting that the practice of celebrating Research Day has become a feature of SRM University and is appreciated in the academic community in India and overseas, the day is not a one day affair to exhibit the research acumen. It should be an ambition to be involved in research year round and a daily phenomenon.”
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