Students must be offered opportunities to indulge in research projects; this should be an integral part of the management curriculum as it is only when the students explore things on their own do they learn better. Research activities improve the overall quality of education. Thinking on these lines, SCMS-COCHIN recently took up two major projects; one of them is an international project involving the Indo German Centre for Water Technology and Management at SCMS-COCHIN and the other one involved the development of recombinant lactoferrin in the lab by genetic engineering. Both the projects required a good amount of research work.
It has been noted that the research work done at the school and college level determines the interest of a person and helps him choose an appropriate stream for himself. These activities also provide a ground for the development of new technologies, services and products. “Research also provides the training ground for new scientists, engineers, teachers and entrepreneurs. In this way academic institutions engaged in research are playing an essential role in the economic viability of the nation”, shared Dr. G. P. C. Nayar, Chairman, SCMS GROUP. Google is a good example of such a research conducted at the Stanford University.
Research is considered to be the chief source of generating knowledge and developing fresh ideas and thus plays a vital role in the progress of a knowledge economy. It is a known fact that countries having strong research systems are economically more advanced. And it is time we inculcate research activities in our education system. SCMS-COCHIN has already started working in this direction; the two projects it has undertaken in the recent past are a proof enough.
Centuries ago, India was known for its innovative ideas and it is time again to show how inventive we are. As per Dr. G. P.C. Nayar,SCMS-COCHIN Group in order to do so it is essential to generate the young generation’s interest in science as he believes that, “All industrial and economic progress calls for the backup of science and technology”. He also believes that our young generation is highly talented they just require the right objective and opportunity. As he puts it, “Given the right opportunity, goals and ambience our young generation is second to none”. He went on to share details about the Annual Science Fair 2011 conducted by Google where two out of the three toppers were from India.
Dr.G.P.C.Nayar is quite confident that Indians would be able to make a mark in the international market with proper guidance and education. As he puts it, “I am fully convinced, Indians are second to none even when put into the most competitive environment and that too in a global context”.