Research & Consultancy Policy

RESEARCH & CONSULTANCY POLICY

RESEARCH POLICY

       Research Areas:

            Humanities & Social Sciences
            Computer Application

Research Funding:

      Research activities are funded in the following ways;

Research without Grant:

      This type of research utilizes existing resources available without any monetary requirement.

Internal Research Grant:

    This type of research utilizes funding from Institute in the form of research grant.**
  • External Research Grant: This type of research utilizes research grant provided by external funding agencies such as; University, Industry etc.**

* It is mandatory to submit their research work copy to CRC

** Proposals for research grant shall normally a careful and critical examined of by CRC committee. The mandate of the committee shall be to scrutinize the proposals and determine the quality of each proposal before submitting to the Institute (Internal Research Grant) and to the external funding agencies. Also the researcher has to submit their statement of expenditures and the research paper/article to the CRC.

Publications (Article, Book/Book Chapter etc): Copy of publication & certificate (if any) should be submitted within 7 days to CRC.

Participation (Seminar/ Conference/ Workshops/FDP): Any member of the Institute wishing to participate in a seminar/ conference/ workshop/ FDP must seek the approval from CRC and Director of the Institute at least 15 days prior to the scheduled program. The copy of certificate of participation/ paper presentation should be submitted within 7 days to CRC.

Fundamental Principles of Research Ethics and Scientific Integrity

The following basic principles and values apply to all forms of research and must be considered as forming the foundation of the academic research at the Institute.

                Integrity: The values of “truth” and “honesty” are fundamental to all forms of scientific research and creative and scholarly endeavours. Researchers are expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity at all times and to do research according to internationally acceptable ethical norms and values. Research dishonesty may take many forms, such as plagiarism, fabrication and falsification of results, misuse of research funds, misuse of human and animal subjects, lack of transparency and conflict of interest and will be regarded as a serious offence as per the law.

                 Respect: The concept of “respect” should permeate all aspects of research. Researchers must operate according to civilized norms and ethically acceptable standards and must have respect for themselves, their colleagues, the scientific and academic community, their animal and human research subjects, the environment and the public at large.

                   Beneficence and nonmaleficence: Beneficence is the obligation to do well. Researchers have an obligation to first do no harm (nonmaleficence) and then to ensure that their research aims at some overall good.

                    Responsibility: The ethics of responsibility means that researchers, in their search for the truth, must be prepared to take responsibility and be held accountable for all aspects and consequences of their research activities. Researchers are accountable to society, their professions, the Institute and affiliated University, the staff and the students who are involved, and to the sponsor who funds the research.

                   Scientific validity and Peer review: Sound methodology and scientific validity are the starting points of ethical research. Engaging in research which has fundamental flaws in methodology and design is a waste of human, monetary and other resources and is thus unethical. Some form of appropriate peer review should thus precede the initiation of all research projects. Scientific review may be separate from, or integrated with the ethical approval process where appropriate.

Justice: The principle of justice ensures the fair distribution of both the burdens and benefits of research and is of particular relevance when research involves human participants.

Academic freedom and dissemination of research results: The Institute supports the principle of academic and intellectual freedom. Researchers have an obligation to report research results accurately and transparently in the public domain (also where appropriate to the target group of the study) and should not allow funders or other stakeholders to influence research publications. Any specific or explicit decision to withhold or delay the publication of research results e.g. because the publication of results could produce some harm or because of issues regarding patents or intellectual property and/or certain corporate claims, should be reviewed and accepted by the CRC committee that originally approved the research. This committee must place a balance on the dissemination of results and the placement of moratoriums on the dissemination of certain data.

CONSULTANCY POLICY

Consultancy

    : Individual, group of individuals of the Institute will be encouraged to give professional advice regarding a specific issue at hand for a fee or without fee, to the external organization.

            Procedures and Guidelines: The Consultancy Procedures and Guidelines have been developed by the CRC Committee to assist staff members of the Institute to understand the process of managing a consultancy from initial enquiry to finalization. The consultancy procedures are as follows:

Staff members of the Institute approached by any organization for consultancy services shall notify the CRC of the need to provide such services. Subsequently, the CRC Committee shall remit a quotation to the client based on the agreed scope & terms of consultancy services which are deemed profitable, to the Institute.

Upon agreement for provision of consultancy services to the clients, the consultancy offer letter / appointment letter is then addressed to the Director of the Institute & CRC.

  • Once the letter is received, an official appointment letter will be issued by RCC to the staff members concerned.
  • The CRC appointment letter shall state the breakdown of the consultancy fees for every staff involved in the consultancy project.
  • Progress of the consultancy work will be monitored periodically by CRC.
  • Upon completion of the consultancy work, CRC should be notified to facilitate closure of account, payment to the staff members and archiving of projects.
  • Consultancy is coordinated by CRC, and consultancy income is distributed as 60% to the consulting team and reaming 40% to the Institute.
  • The staff members involved in the consulting activity is required to be committed to the values and regulations lay down by the CRC and shall be required give a declaration for same.
  • The responsibility of completion of consultancy and adhering to the terms of agreement lies with the individual or group of individual who have been assigned the consultancy. The CRC will not be held responsible for the same.
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