University Research Council

Fostering research has always been a priority at SRM Institute of Science and Technology (SRMIST) and to promote SRMIST as a research-driven institute of national importance. SRMIST has been supporting huge infrastructure for the researchers at SRMIST. High- performance computing facilities is one of the niche facilities offered by SRMIST, only privately funded institution created such facilities almost 5 years ago.

Given its importance to the theoretical researchers, the facility is being expanded through cloud resources as well. A separate research building is dedicated to research namely Vendhar Knowledge Centre with full support from the SRMIST. This centre host state-of-the-art facilities aimed at serving both researchers from SRMIST and outsiders as well.

The research activities in SRMIST include academic research, sponsored research, and industry consultancies. These activities are being carried out in the College of Engineering and Technology, Science and Humanities, and Pharmacy Department. Thus, Research and Innovation happen in almost all streams in SRMIST.

Composition of The Committee

The Committee shall comprise

  • Prof C Muthamizhchelvan, Vice Chancellor
  • Prof (Dr) S Ponnusamy, Registrar
  • Dr K Gunasekaran, Controller of Examinations
  • Dr T. V. Gopal , Dean (CET)
  • Prof B Neppolian , Dean (Research)
  • Dr Sanjay Viswanathan. Director (Modinagar Campus)

Terms of Reference

  • To work with Faculty/Schools/Departments to improve the existing research ecosystem, creating necessary human resource and PhD scholars, required infrastructure to enable SRMIST to be positioned at the forefront of national and international developments and shaping the future research agendas
  • To suggest the priority areas of research in the Faculty/Schools/Departments particularly with reference to the role and responsibility of the Institute taking into account the facilities available in the Institute and expertise of the faculty members
  • To promote collaboration and interdisciplinary research both internally and externally, nationally and internationally, to improve the quality of research at The University Research Council (URC) could advise and help the faculty members to establish collaboration with national laboratories and premier institutions
  • To advise on the development of strategic research partnerships with industries
  • To oversee the development and delivery of appropriate staff development activities for researchers
  • To oversee local implementation of national research activities of national importance, for instance, Clean energy initiative, Nanotechnology, Smart Cities, Cyber-Physical Systems, Waste to Energy etc. Also, the URC could suggest and guide in establishing Centers of Excellence (CoEs)
  • To advise on and monitor the progress towards research grants received by the faculty members from the Government agencies, industries, etc
  • To develop and review policies and practices to improve the quality, impact, and quantity of research activity, monitor implementation, and evaluate outcomes
  • To approve procedures for allocating research funds and monitor their implementation
  • To formulate guidelines pertaining to the conduct of PhD and Post-Doctoral research programs offered by SRMIST on the lines prescribed by the UGC
  • To support IP related activities of faculty members, researchers, and students; the Intellectual Property Cell (IPC) facilitates the patent filing process, spin-off provision, licensing the know-how, and industry liaison

Frequency of the Meetings

A minimum of two meetings shall be scheduled in a year (January and July of the academic year). Additional meetings may be scheduled on a need basis.