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ANNUAL REPORT

2012

RESEARCH

UNIVERSITY OF CALICUT

Editorial Committee:

The Vice Chancellor

The Registrar

The Finance Officer

The Publication Officer

The Public Relations Officer

Sri. R. S. Panicker, Member, Syndicate

Sri. T. V. Ibrahim, Member, Syndicate

Sri. Abraham P. Mathew, Member, Syndicate

Dr. K. V. Lazar, Member, Syndicate

Sri. K. A. Siraj, Member, Syndicate

Dr. Usha, Dept. of Education

Dr. Muhammedali N., Dept. of Mass Communication & Journalism

Dr. Anil Vallathol, Dept. of Malayalam

Dr. Umer Thasneem, Dept. of English

Dr. P. Raveendran, Dept. of Chemistry

Prof. N. Ramani, Dept of Zoology

Prof. K. K. Eliyas, Dept. of Bio-Technology

Prof. K. P. Mani, Dept. of Economics

Asst. Supdt. i/c of Supdt., Calicut University Press

Deputy Registrar, Pl. D (Convenor)

CUP/9467/13/300



Foreword

The world we live revolves around the vital component: Knowledge.

Knowledge is paramount to the existence of human beings, society and nation. Production,

and dissemination of knowledge have become the crucial activity in any developed society, and it is

been carried out in Universities. We have become a knowledge based society. The aspirations,

perspectives, obsession, social values and what else is left untouched by it. No society can grow

without caring for the creation of knowledge, as it has become the critical element for growth,

progressive development and sustainability. May it be in Science, Humanities, Languages, regardless

of the faculty and discipline,  the eternal drive for truth and search for knowledge is very crucial .

The current report, hence, focuses on the efforts of Calicut University in promoting research

both qualitatively and quantitatively. The design of a comprehensive research policy, framing the

appropriate strategies,  for growth and  implementing  the  decisions  taken  in  this regard has

become the  land marks in the history of University.

The questions of access and quality are being addressed by the global community with regard

to education. The research policy of Calicut University has duly emphasized on these two towering

goals, and policy decisions have been designed and implemented during the year, for acheiving the

targets near and future.

We have earnestly made an attempt to provide a clear retrospect of the achievements during

the last year and we hope that this will add to your perspective on the activities of knowledge

generation in this institution.



Prof. (Dr.) George Varghese

Director of Research



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C O N T E N T S

Introduction ......................................................................................................

7

Directorate of Research ......................................................................................



7

Research Council ...............................................................................................

7

Research Strategy .............................................................................................



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Revised Guidelines for Research ..........................................................................

9

New Project  Regulation......................................................................................



10

Increased Enrolment for Ph.D Programme ............................................................

11

Research Projects ..............................................................................................



11

New Scheme for Retired Staff .............................................................................

11

Clearing Backlogs ..............................................................................................



11

Research Centres ..............................................................................................

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Research Guides ............................................................................................ ...



13

New Initiatives................................................................................................ ...

13

Summary of Research Activities in the Departments .......................................... ...



14

Faculty of Language & Literature ..................................................................... ...

14

Faculty of Humanities ..................................................................................... ...



16

Faculty of Journalism ..................................................................................... ....

19

Faculty of Fine Arts ........................................................................................ ...



19

Faculty of Education ....................................................................................... ...

20

Faculty of Commerce & Management Studies ................................................... ...



21

Faculty of Science .......................................................................................... ...

21

Rules & Regulations for Research Leading to Ph. D ........................................... ....



26

Rules & Regulations for Sponsored Projects & Consultancy Projects .................... ...

37

Growth of Research at a Glance ...................................................................... ...



44

Research Activities of the Departments - In Detail..................................................

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INTRODUCTION

The world, has been witnessing the rapid advancement of the Knowledge Societies, driven by the engine, the

Knowledge Economy, and propelled by the pervasive forces of technology. The academia, especially in the higher

education sector, plays a pivotal role in fueling the growth as a prime source of knowledge creation. Developing the

knowledge base, through higher education, research and innovation, may accelerate the growth of all knowledge

societies. The University of Calicut has adopted a strategic plan to enhance its research capabilities and potentials,

prioritizing the development goals of the nation.  It encourages and support research throughout the University at a

level that will allow all staff a reasonable opportunity to establish a research career, and to make continued access to

research time/infrastructure. This has served to increase the pool of potential researchers and broaden research

career opportunities. The year 2012, witnessed a quiet but steady growth in all the areas of research, when compared

to the previous year.

DIRECTORATE OF RESEARCH

The Directorate of Research was constituted in March 2012 for providing an effective direction to the research

activities of the Calicut University, through its Teaching Departments, Recognized Research Centres as well as Affiliated

Colleges. The DOR has to promote, administer, supervise and guide researchers, apart from ensuring proper

implementation of research projects and mobilization of research funds  to the university. Dr George Varghese,

Professor and Head of the Department of Physics, has been given the full responsibility of the directorate and he

assumed office on 1 April 2013.

RESEARCH COUNCIL

The Hon Vice  Chancellor reconstituted the research council in 2012 with the following members and Director of

Research as member secretary. The council controls and formulates plans and strategies of all research activities in

the University with the approval of the Syndicate



Members of Research Council

1.

Dr.  Abdul Salam, Vice Chancellor (Chairman)



2.

Dr. M.V. Joseph, Registrar

3.

Dr. George Varghese, Director, DOR



4.

Dr. C.D. Ravikumar, DCDC

5.

Dr. K.K. Aravindakshan



6.

Dr. M. Sabu

7.

Dr. C. Naseema



8.

Dr. Muhamedali. N

9.

Dr. P. Raveendran



10. Dr. A.M. Vinodkumar

11. Dr. K.V. Lazar

12. Dr. K. Manikandan

13. Dr. M.V. Joseph

14. Dr. Balu. T

15. Dr. Sibichan Thomas

16. Dr. T. Mohamedali

17. Dr. N. Radhakrishnan

Quality Assurance Committee (QAC), a sub-committee of Research Council, exclusively to look after the issues of

Quality in Research Output, has also started functioning.



RESEARCH STRATEGY

This year the University has adopted a clear but sustainable research strategy envisaging remarkable growth in

the coming five year period. The five-pronged strategic goals are listed below.

A. Foster and grow an active research culture

Recognize and support the university’s areas of research strength

Identify the University’s strongest research areas


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Give our successful research areas and centres by “stars”, a motivation to shine and

to reach out excellence

Maximize the opportunities for good researchers to do research

Focus and support research in a few niche areas

Promote team research through Excellence Park, Specialized Laboratories, Research

Units/Observatories/Centres/Institutes, and Research Groups, besides individual projects

Develop plans to improve research quality and impact

Set criteria for assessing research quality and conduct research assessments

Increase citations by raising the quality of research

Reward excellence and achievement in research

Develop outreach activities aimed at enhancing the research and innovation culture

Encourage organization of national and international research events

Develop and consolidate pathways to ventilate research findings

B. Create synergies, strengthen inter-disciplinary and collaborative research through

increasing the number of functional and strategic internal and external links

Identify emerging strategic, inter-disciplinary priority areas

Identify and focus on potential income-generating research and consultancies

Formulate mechanisms and incentives to support such multi-discipline research activity

Integrate the activities of the various research into the core research endeavours of the University

Promote high-impact collaboration with other leading universities worldwide



C. Build future research and research capacity

Develop world-class research infrastructure and administrative support structures

Promote a vibrant research environment which attracts and retains the best researchers and values and

rewards their contributions

Effectively and efficiently manage research

Emphasis on quality research training

Attract outstanding research students or researchers, new talents and potentials; and train and develop

the next generation of research leaders to the best international standards

Appoint and retain high-calibre researchers

Aspire to effective and efficient high degree research administration with low withdrawal rates, high

throughout and exemplary supervision

Accelerate the growth research activity



D. Increase research income from external sources to support more research

Develop and practice smooth and hurdle free administrative mechanism to attract research funding,

contract research and consultancies

Implement project administration rules

Develop attractive schemes for tapping resources for research

Stimulate knowledge transfer and commercialisation



E. Make Research to Socially Relevant Application of Higher Education

Understanding the specific socio-political, economic and cultural dimensions of the research

Focus on application-driven project funding or on problem-oriented research

The right choice of words “relevance and utility”, in research.



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Monitoring and regulatory function, which can help prevent catastrophic situations involving  loss of human

life and destruction of communities

Documenting research systems, via the collection of reliable data and transferring to society as a necessary

base for action of improvement.



REVISED GUIDELINES FOR RESEARCH

Keeping in view of the UGC regulations a for maintain standards and quality in Research, the University has

revised its rules and regulations leading to Ph.D, research guideship and research centre recognition.

Highlights of the new regulations for Ph.D

1.

Measures to enhance the enrolment in Ph.D Programmes

Minimum marks for admission reduced to 50 from 55 %

(Note: the UGC has not fixed any minimum marks for Ph D admission, but for lectureship alone it is fixed at

55 %.)


Any time admission for those having externally supported fellowships, projects assistants and  M Phil degree

holders. For others, University will condut eligibility test once a year and admit students to fill the vacancies

under each supervisor.

Foreign nationals having the minimum score in post graduate degree are exempted  from eligibility test

Part-time registration for permanent employees in govt/private firms

 Number of  research scholars under a  research supervisor increased to 8 from 5

Retired teachers may be re-inducted to supervise scholars, to retain scholarship and to meet  the shortage

of research supervisors.

All teachers in affiliated colleges having Ph.D, and required number of publication and proven credibility in

research may be given guideship, even if their parent institution is not a recognised research centre of the

University. In such cases, they can select another nearby research centre  for enrolling their students or

approach the University department for being recognised as guide.

Admission procedure relaxed and given more freedom to the centres concerned to grant  admission. The

research admission committee for affiliated colleges and recognised research  centres have five/six members,

of which only one shall be the VC’s nominee. The Centre has the  freedom to nominate all others.

The Admission Committee has the right to give admission even in interdisciplinary subjects.



2.

Strict measures to check quality

Monitoring progress at every six months

A duly constituted progress evaluation committee will assess the candidate. The committee can even

recommend to cancel registration or stop fellowship, if the candidates performance is  found unsatisfactory

or the research is unproductive

Publication of research output in peer reviewed and standard journals made mandatory  requirement for

submission of final thesis for award of the degree.

Research papers of scholars published in highest impact factor journal will be acknowledged with a Vice

chancellors medal, every year.

Award for the best performers

Submission of thesis even before the stipulated period of three years, under exceptional cases permitted.

Measures to ensure speedy adjudication of thesis.

Open defences, of thesis made more meaningful exercise.

3.

Course work

As stipulated in the UGC regulations, a course work for six months is made compulsory

The course work include, class room learning, seminars and assignments for two subjects, one is research

methodology and another related to the area of study

The supervisor shall have the  responsibility for offering the courses to the students registered  under him/

her


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The teaching work related to course work, shall not be reckoned together with other teaching work of the

supervisor.

To give more freedom to the supervisors to adjust his/her work load and in view of the other  responsibilities

of part- time researchers, the course work may be conducted on  any time during the working hours, and

the minimum attendance  required for writing the examination shall be  70% of the total 96 hours for each

subject.


The university has issued circular giving the modalities of course work. The first batch of course work will

start on 1 November 2012.



4.

Research projects

For, the first time, the University has formulated guidelines for the implementation and management of

research projects, sanctioned by external funding agencies.

The investigators have now more freedom to manage the research funds, procured by them from external

agencies, with their research proposals.

Half of the institutional overhead, generally 5-10 % of the total project amount, shall be given at their

disposal.

Attractive schemes for those who  pick up more funds

Project fellows can now enrol as research scholars

5.

Research guideships

All scholars who have contributed to the knowledge in their respective subjects who have proven their

credibility as active researcher may be recognized as research guides.

The candidate should have at least two recent research publications, within a period of two years, when

requesting for guideship

Research guideship can be retained even after his/her retirement from active service



6.

Research Collaboration

Measures taken for enhancing research collaboration with reputed institutions

This include joint research, conduct of seminars/conferences, scholar exchange etc.

The university will provide all  facilities take all efforts to activate collaborative research.



7.

More Research Centres

All teaching/research departments/centres of the University are deemed to be research centres of his

University

Criteria for affiliated colleges to become recognised research centres relaxed.

Research Recognition Committee reconstituted, which will report the eligibility of a centre to be recognised.

NEW PROJECT REGULATION

For the first time, the University has come up with clear and effective rules for managing project funds. Major

attractions and scope of the rules are highlighted below.

1. Smooth  running of  Sponsored Research Projects involving external funding sources

2. Reducing administrative hardships

3. Attracting International Research Collaborations involving international funding sources or international

collaborators

4. Facilitating Industry/ Organization  Sponsored Projects, Industrial Consultancy involving funding  from industry

5. Promoting the Organinsation of Workshops and Courses for dissemination of knowledge as part of the research

projects.

6. Encouraging MoU and Agreement with National/International Institution for Research having  self-sufficiency

nature.


7. While managing overhead charges due to the institution, half of the share given back to address the needs

of principal investigators  of projects

8. Encourages consultancy projects and rules for sharing of income


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INCREASED ENROLMENT FOR Ph.D PROGRAMME

After making appropriate changes in rules and regulations, the University has admitted a new batch of students

for Ph.D through a qualifying examinations conducted by the teaching departments. A remarkable increase in the

number of students has been observed, when compared to the previous years. Since the reporting time 223 students

were given registration and the figure may cross 400 by the end of the current academic year. Flexibility is given to JRF

and other external fellowship holders and M Phil degree holders for being admitted any time throughout the year.



RESEARCH PROJECTS

As of today the faculty members have received Rs 1,92,84,354 towards research  funds  from various agencies.

The progress achieved after the implementation of the new project guidelines is not yet been remarkable as it will take

time to get external assistance from funding agencies. However, the interest shown by the academic communities for

carrying out externally assisted research projects suggest progressive changes.

Faculty wise Distribution

Faculty

UGC

DST

DBT

KSCSTE

Others

SCIENCE


8

10

5



3

4

HUMANITIES



3

1

LANGUAGE &



LITERATURE

6

1



EDUCATION

1

COMMERCE



1

PHY. EDN.

1

TOTAL No.



19

10

5



3

7

TOTAL Amount



1677241

9939723


2484794

1993396


3189200

NEW SCHEME FOR RE-INDUCTING RETIRED STAFF AS RESEARCH GUIDES

All major universities across the globe are utilizing the expertise of professors, even after their retirement from

active service. The University offers them freedom to work for the pursuit of knowledge, as long as the faculty

members are willing to do so. Calicut University also has adopted a policy not to withdraw the guideship awarded to a

faculty members after his/her retirement. However, the limited infrastructure available at research centres may not

be sufficiently necessary to extend the facilities to the retired veterans for pursuing research studies with their

students. This has raised enormous hardships in retaining the scholars in the arena of research. In spite, of these

difficulties, the university has re-inducted 4 retired professors in some of the departments.


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