Ahmedabad University has established the University Research Board or the URB to support and promote research by faculty, students and staff. The Board promotes research by recommending proposals for internal funding and examining proposals for submission to external sponsoring agencies. The Internal research funds are distributed as seed grants, start-up grants, or University challenge grants. URB also provides financial support to faculty for development of teaching material, participation in international conferences and recommends financial support for organising national and international conferences.
A research policy has been framed to support, encourage, promote, and enable the conduct and dissemination of research by faculty, students and other academic staff.
The main highlights of this policy are:
In addition to the above schemes, every year the University Research Board has a separate budget for the purchase of major research equipment. These funds are allotted by inviting proposals from faculty members for major equipment required in their research. Preference is given for equipment that will be used by more than one School. This will give a further impetus to the research being carried out at Ahmedabad University.
The Grants Office at the Ahmedabad University was established in June 2019 to facilitate grant fund raising at different levels. The office provides administrative assistance and guidance in proposal preparation, proposal submission, and oversight of all financial and non-financial aspects of the grants. The general functions of the grants office include:
The code of ethics for conducting research by faculty, staff and students was approved in the Academic Council. The University has constituted an interim Ethics Committee. The Committee members are
Professor Deepak Kunzru, Chairperson
Professor Maya Ratnam, Member
Professor Ashwin Kumar, Member
Professor Ratna Ghosal, Member
Professor Jaina Mehta, Member
Professor Ekta Sharma, Member
Professor Rama Ratnam, Member
This committee has been entrusted with the task of preparing a draft of the processes to be followed for certifying that a research proposal does not violate the Code of Ethics of the University and also adheres to the regulations of the Govt. of India, especially for research involving humans, animals and bio-related projects.
The constitution of Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBSC) at Ahmedabad University has been approved on Jan 31, 2020.
|Chairman:||Dr Vivek Tanavde, Chairman, Ahmedabad, Gujarat|
|DBT Nominee:||Dr Chaitanya G. Joshi, Director, Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre Gandhinagar, Gujarat|
|Member Secretary:||Dr Ratna Ghosal, Member Secretary, Ahmedabad, Gujarat|
|Outside Expert:||Dr Dhiraj Bhatia, Outside Expert, Gandhinagar, Gujarat|
|Biosafety Officer:||Dr Gayatri Raval, Biosafety Officer, Ahmedabad, Gujarat|
|Internal Experts:||Dr Krishna Swamy, Internal Member, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Dr Rama Ratnam, Internal Member, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Dr Souvik Sengupta, Internal Member, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBSC) is an internal regulatory committee created under the guidelines of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. IBSC reviews all research activities involving biohazardous substances, and has overall responsibility for maintaining the biosafety guidelines within the university. Biohazardous substances includes, but are not limited to, recombinant DNA, RNAi, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), pathogens, human materials and other potentially infectious material. Following the guidelines of IBSC, it is the duty of the primary investigator (PI) to apprise the IBSC about experiments involving biohazardous substances. The PI needs to obtain approval from IBSC prior to conducting similar
experiments within the university premises.