Empowering the Nation through Research and Innovation
India's share of the R&D globalization and services market is estimated at 33 percent or approximately $ 18 billion with in-house R&D centers contributing $ 11.3 billion worth of research services to their parent organizations.Such parent organizations set up their centres of excellence in different Universities to utilize productive minds and enhance the research work with fresh inputs.As applied sciences have a stronghold in such research works,organizations headhunt universities to confer such projects ofimportance.One such University is M.S Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences (MSRUAS) which aims to focus its programmes on student-centric higher education so that the graduates are equipped with both theoretical knowledge, understanding, practical and problem solving skills expected by industry and business.
MSRUASbelieves in five foundation pillars - Academics, Research, Training, Techno Centre and Leadership. "We function on these five pillarsand believe in producing problem solvers," says Dr. S.R Shankapal, Vice Chancellor, M.S. Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences.The Academic programs of the University include both UG and PG in Engineering, Pharmacy, Dental, Hospitality, Management, Science and Commerce.Doctoral Programs offered by the research division involves 300 students in different branch of studies and has four specialist research centers viz., Oral Cancer Research Centre, Biomaterial Research Centre, Drug Design and Development Centre and Centre for Composite Materials and Technologies.The broad research themes of the University areEnergy and Environment; Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering and Implants, Robotics and Automation, Signal and Image Processing, Control, Materials, Biomedical Engineering and Biomechanics; Engineering Design and Rural Products Design.The University has been actively working with National and International organizations in government, public and private sectors to carryout research and generate knowledge for the benefit of the Society.
"Research organizations like ISRO, DRDO, DST, ICAR and Industries have been providing research grants for advanced research. The University and its earlier constituent colleges have undertaken more than 120 research projects and have 60 patents in their name.
The University has entered into MoUs with many international universities and industrial organisations likeABB India Limited, Bharath Electronics Limited (BEL),Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), Research Genotypic Technology Pvt. Ltd, Paladion Networks (P) Ltd,Micro Labs Ltd, Institute ASONIKA (Russia), andKazan National Research Technical University (KNRTU-KAI)," he explains.
The Techno Centre
The Techno Centre at MSRUASmanages Industrial Research, Consultancy, Product Design and Development and Business Incubation activities and endeavors to bring together the University, Industry, Business Organizations and enthusiastic youngsters for their mutual benefit.The Centre leverages the fundamental and applied knowledge and problem solving abilities and accesses the teaching, training and research resources and skills for various projects."We give opportunities to develop new products and invest in new technology development accessing the ecosystem subsisting in the campus. Industry, businesses and many research and development organisations who are looking for solutions for complex problemsare a part of this platform.
Training and Lifelong Learning
The Directorate of Training and Lifelong Learning is responsible for running Training, Skill Development and Lifelong Learning programmes. The Directorate offers these programs to aspiring students and practicing professionals from industry, businesses and academia. MSRUAS also understands the requirements of industry and conducts training for students on transferable skills, managerial skill and leadership skills through the directorate of Transferable Skills and Leadership Development in addition to providing high quality education and practical skills which are at par with global standards.
Building Student Faculty Relationships
"Faculty has a critical role to play byadvising students for building their career by understanding their interests and confidence levels" says Dr. S.R Shankapal.Further, "The faculty and student ratio inourUniversity is around 12:1. Every department has ample number of faculty members to guide them for the best. We guide our PhD students continuously through our Progress Review Panels so that the research scholars complete their research well in time and avoid frustration amongst the scholars. The Directorate of students affairs (SPWCA) takes care of student activities, student competition, student internships and student placements, interestingly students' works hard to get into the organisations of their choice even though a large number placement opportunities are provided to each student", he adds.
The University offersstudy abroad opportunityfor the students toexplore their area of interest by visiting university or an organization abroad as a part of their internship programme.
"We welcome everyinnovative idea which can be incubated further and is credible enough for its further implementation," and funds be made available to incubatees from the University or through different Government Schemes.
"OurUniversity drives both the students and teachers to work hard and broaden the scope of learning which in return adds to the growth of the whole process of learning,"he concludes.
Dr. S.R Shankapal, Vice Chancellor
He is the Vice Chancellor of M.S Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences. Earlier to becoming Vice Chancellor, He worked at M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, worked as Director and later President of M.S. Ramaiah School of Advanced Studies and has more than 15 years of experience working with international Universities.