History has shown that educational institutions across the globe have played an indispensable role in the phenomenal progress of humankind. In medicine or space, in technology or economics, battle lines are being drawn. To remain as a vanguard of discovery, one should be inquisitive like a scientist, resourceful like an engineer and creative like an artist. To triumph one needs results; publishable and applicable results. Research and Development (R&D) flourishes where young minds and experienced faculty work synergistically. At Kongu Engineering College, R&D is pursued with the following objectives:
The phrase “Research and Development” has a special significance apart from its conventional coupling of scientific research and technological development. As this process is usually associated with innovation as well, the synonym (R + D + I) can also be applicable. In general, R & D activities are conducted by specialized units or centres belonging to companies, academic institutions and state agencies. “Research and Development” normally refers to future-oriented, longer-term activities in science or technology, using techniques without predetermined outcomes and with broad forecasts of commercial yield.
At Kongu Engineering College, these are done to motivate the students and the faculty of the institution, to update the knowledge which leads to further investigation and progress and to give a hand to the industries in their product development. If such an effort does not exist, the growth of science or technology would be static. Knowing this, everyone is encouraged to do academic or industrial research, to involve in innovation or development and to use the knowledge for consultancy with the industries. Research, Development and Consultancy go hand in hand. All disciplines of the college are actively engaged on Research, Development and Consultancy activities. The R & D cell of this college has been active in registering for patents, copyrights, publications in conferences, organizing conferences, seminars and workshops. About 200 proposals to various funding agencies are sent from the college every year requesting for funds for symposiums, seminars, workshops, equipments and for long term research works. The details are available in the respective disciplines.
Without creative thoughts no innovation can emanate. A cell with the name as “creativity and innovation forum” motivates creativity in the minds of the faculty and the students periodically. Faculty and students have been encouraged to be creative, since it is the creative aspect that induces newer thinking. Lectures and Demonstrations are made both for students and faculty to kindle their spirit of creativity both by our own faculty and from experts. There is a separate unit to promote entrepreneurship and this unit organizes periodic get-together with leading entrepreneurs to get good exposure on entrepreneurship.
The management, knowing the importance of R&D has been magnanimous to sanction necessary funds for Research and Development. Apart from such funds sanctioned to each department, a budget is set apart every year, for innovation not only by the students and the faculty of this institution but also by the high schools in and around the institution by arranging an Open House Exhibition on science and engineering each year during the month of August. The R & D cell is very active in encouraging registration of patents as one of the IPR activities. 36 patents have been registered so far and among them 9 have already been awarded. The remaining are in pipeline.
The college has 16 research centres in which faculty and students from various institutions outside the college besides the faculty and students from this college who are interested enhancing their qualifications register for their research degrees. The details of the infrastructure and the disciplines besides publications are presented in the respective disciplines. The disciplines in which research centers have been approved are:
To initiate contacts among researchers both in India and abroad, conferences are being conducted here, besides our faculty members and students attending seminars and conferences conducted elsewhere. This has boosted up the activities on research, in this institution.