The following policy is dated as on July 2019
Policy for Support for Research and Innovation in Teaching
As stated in its vision document, one of the main objectives of Ahmedabad University is to develop into a research university noted for excellence with focus on interdisciplinary research. Realization of this objective requires a coordinated strategy with a number of complementary initiatives designed to create an ecosystem that supports generation and dissemination of high quality academic research. Accordingly, the university has established an apex body, the University Research Board (URB) to develop a university wide research policy and oversee its implementation.
II. University Research Board (URB):
URB is headed by the Dean of Graduate School & Research and includes as its members Dean or Associate Dean of Schools. Periodically, the University may invite experts to be part of the URB. Broadly, the objective of the URB is to support, encourage, promote, and enable the conduct and dissemination of research by faculty, students and other academic staff. In pursuit of this objective, Ahmedabad University has established a number of complementary initiatives and has developed a number of mechanisms to ensure their smooth implementation. The objective of this policy is to provide a broad overview of these initiatives and describe their role in achieving the desired objectives. For ease of exposition, these are broadly classified into four categories: Faculty, Research Centers, Doctoral Programmes and Students.
The URB recognizes that faculty research would necessarily be the primary driver of research at the University. Accordingly many of the initiatives are targeted towards this group and intended to motivate, enable and support faculty research. It is expected that all faculty across different Schools will apply for research grants from external agencies both within the country and abroad as well as from industry. Applying and receiving external grants is a necessary element of a vibrant academic environment. As faculty starts to build their career, internal research grants are useful to undertake early work while simultaneously applying for external grants. However, as faculty become senior in the profession, they are expected to raise most resources from external funding sources. Together, these initiatives address a range of issues related to funding support, performance evaluation, impact on work load, personal growth and development, and career progression. A summary of these initiatives is presented below.
IV. Research Collaboration/(Interdisciplinary) Centers:
Pursuit of inter-disciplinary research to address complex problems relevant to larger society and making significant impact is one of the major objectives of the University. In order to encourage faculty to come together and collaboratively pursue thematic research on focused topic(s), Ahmedabad University has decided to establish research centers with well-defined
focus and specific themes. Such centers may be initially established with internal funding from the University, but are intended to be self-supporting in the long run, with external funding and support. Research centers are also used as vehicles to attract eminent scholars for short and long duration visits. Two such centers – Center for Heritage Management (CHM) and Venture Studio (VS) have been in operation for the past few years, a third centre-Global Centre for Environment and Energy- has recently been established at Ahmedabad University. While the focus of CHM is on Heritage Management in all its aspects, the theme at Venture Studio are innovation and entrepreneurship, whereas the Centre for Environment and Energy undertakes scientific studies to assess alternative energy sources, new technology, global climate change and its impact.
V. Doctoral programme:
A vibrant doctoral programme is recognized as an important component of healthy research ecosystem in academic institutions. Accordingly, Ahmedabad University is committed to strengthening its doctoral programme in all schools with rigorous training and preparation through strong course work coupled with support for research at dissertation stage. Besides providing research active faculty to teach advance courses at the doctoral level, the programme is also expected to ensure steady supply of students committed to research and academics. The structure of the revamped doctoral programme and other details are described in the Doctoral Programme Guidelines.
As part of its commitment to fostering research culture at the University, all degree programmes at the University including undergraduate programmes are being designed to include strong exposure to research. Thus, courses on research methodology are part of the core in many degree programmes. In addition several advanced courses at both UG and graduate levels include a project component that may be research oriented. Beyond the curriculum, students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities that are semi-academic in nature and may require research. The University is establishing an Undergraduate Research Programmeme to encourage students to work on projects of faculty or explore their own research interests under the supervision of a faculty. The university may provide limited funding support for organizing such activities.
Format for submitting a Research Proposal to the University Research Board
(Additionally, submit complete CV with titles of all research dissertations/projects carried)
Type of Project: Start up/Seed/Challenge Grant
Top Sheet: Executive Summary (1 sheet)
Problem Statement/Objectives including clear description of novelty/innovation:
Work Description/Typical Protocols/Measurements:
Other Research Proposals likely as follow ups and possible target funding agencies:
Eligibility and Selection Process:
As a part of Ahmedabad University’s commitment to equity and justice, the University admissions process attempts to address social inequalities by providing a relaxation of 10% in cut-off criteria (grad/percentage/percentile) prescribed for general category students to Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST) and 7% to Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) category students. Such relaxation shall be provided on production of requisite certificate as recognized by the Government of Gujarat.
Fee Structure and Payment Schedule:
|1st Year||2nd Year|
In addition to the tuition fees, each student will have to invest approximately Rs. 10,000 per year in study materials such as text books, case studies, supplementary readings, simulations etc.
Those candidates who are offered admission are required to pay Rs. 50, 000 to confirm the admission within 15 days of the declaration of merit list. The remaining fee for the first semester, i.e. Rs. 50, 000/- shall be paid by July 15th, 2019.
Fees may be paid online in favour of “Ahmedabad University”, payable at Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
At Ahmedabad University, we believe that finances should not stand in the way of an excellent education. We attest to this by providing financial support to students on a merit cum need basis. All students receive forms for Financial Aid on their official email addresses upon admission to the university. To avail this support, students must submit financial aid applications with supporting documents to their respective schools in advance of their declared deadlines. The Financial Aid committee will review all applications and make final recommendations.
Students are encouraged to take up Teaching Assistantship within the University for 10-20 hours a week to assist members of faculty teaching relevant undergraduate courses and work with them on research projects. This will provide students with exposure to both teaching and research. It will also provide additional financial support.
Cancellation of Admission:
The admission of a candidate shall be cancelled at any point in time if:
a) It is established that a candidate has been admitted erroneously. In such an event the fees shall be refunded.
b) The candidate fails to meet any eligibility requirement as per points 1.1.5, 1.1.6, 1.5.4 mentioned earlier.
Withdrawal of Admissions MA-ECONOMICS Programme 2019 and Refund of fees
For withdrawal of admission and seeking fees refund, the candidate is required to submit the original fee receipt, admission offer letter and other documents received at the time of admission and fill the letter of request for withdrawal duly signed by the student/applicant and the Parent/Guardian thereof.
The letter of request for withdrawal is available at the Graduate Admission Office, Central Campus, Ahmedabad University and can be filled and submitted at the time of seeking withdrawal along with required documents.
The refund of the fees will be processed in accordance with the circular No. D.O. No. 1-3/2007 (CPP-II) issued by the Universities Grants Commission (UGC), New Delhi dated December 6, 2016.
Interpretations and Change of Admission Rules:
In the matter of interpretation of Admission Policy and Procedure, the decision of Admission Committee shall be final and binding on the candidates. In the matter of any issues not covered in the Admission Policy and Procedure mentioned, the Admission Committee is authorized to resolve these special issues on the merit of the case and take the final decision on the same.
01- November - 2018
Deadline of Application Submission
15 - April - 2019
Notification to shortlisted candidates
30 - April - 2019
Mid - May - 2019
July - 2019
Eligibility and Selection Process:
|Sl No.||Processing Fees||Cancellation Charges||Net Refund Payable||Percentage of Refund of Aggregate fees*|
|1||10% of Fees Paid||NIL||90% of Fees Paid||15 days before the formally-notified last date of admission|
|2||NIL||20% of Fees Paid||80% of Fees Paid||Not more than 15 days after the formally-notified last date of admission|
|3||NIL||50% of Fees Paid||50% of Fees Paid||More than 15 days but less than 30 days after formally-notified last date of admission|
|4||NIL||100% of Fees Paid||NIL||More than 30 days after formally-notified last date of admission|
|1||Availability of Online Application Forms||November 1, 2019|
|2||Last date of receiving Application Forms||February 15, 2020|
|3||Notification for Personal Interaction Round to shortlisted candidates||February 22, 2020|
|4||Personal Interaction Round||March, 2020|
|5||Notification of Admission to selected candidates||April, 2020|
|6||Commencement of Academic Session||July, 2020|
Master of Management Studies in Heritage Management 2019
Link - Intake Admission Information and Procedure
1. The Admission Committee for Master of Management Studies in Heritage Management (hereinafter referred to as the Programme) shall be responsible for conducting the admission procedure and making selections of right candidates for the academic session 2019 Intake.
2. Eligibility Criteria and Key Application Components:
(a) Such candidate must have obtained 50% marks or equivalent based on latest available grades/marks (i.e. all the years’ grade/marks except the final year grade/marks), and must have completed all the requirements except the final year/final term for obtaining the bachelor's degree/ equivalent qualification.
(b) Such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally only if they submit such certificate latest on the registration date notified by Centre for Heritage Management.
(c) However, the admission will be confirmed provided that final mark sheet and degree certificate are submitted not later than September 30, 2019 and if the candidate has met the prescribed eligibility criteria.
(d) Non-fulfilment of the above conditions/dates will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.
3 Selection Process:
The key purpose of the selection process is to ensure that the applicant’s interest and the programme objectives match. High scores in prior academic work may not always guarantee the selection, but an awareness of the broader field of heritage sector and the applicant’s personal inclination towards the sector may make a convincing case. The selection process is based on the Ahmedabad University’s holistic review process.
|Statement of Purpose||30%|
|Portfolio or Standard Test Score||30%|
4. Application Guidelines
5. Fee Structure and Payment Schedule:
|Particulars||1st year||2nd Year||Total|
Deposits (Refundable after completion of the programme)
|Library Deposit (refundable)||3,000||3,000|
Payment for Securing Admission: The candidates as per the final selected list are required to pay full fee of the first semester and the library deposit to confirm the admission.
Payment for the Remaining Charges: The balance fees will be paid semester wise. Candidates are required to pay the fees of every semester one week before the commencement of the respective semester. In case of delay, penalty will be charged as per prescribed rules of the School.
Information about expenses for mandatory Field-immersion and Field visit programmes as well as optional exchange programmes
Above mentioned fees do not include the expenses of out of station travels and logistics pertaining to compulsory field immersion and study trips as well as practicum programme.
Limited number of scholarships will be available to needy students, subject to merit performance and the economic needs.
7. Withdrawal from the Programme and Refund of fees
8. Interpretations and Change of Admission Rules:
In the matter of interpretation of Admission Policy and Procedure, the decision of Admission Committee shall be final and binding on the candidates. In the matter of such issues as are not covered in the Admission Policy and Procedure mentioned above, the Admission Committee is authorized to resolve these special issues on the merit of the case and implement the same.
9. Important Dates:
|1.||Availability of Admission Forms – online portal as well as downloadable link||15 September 2018|
|2.||Last date of application||15 February 2019|
|3.||Notification of Personal Interview slots (by email)||20 February 2019|
|4.||Personal Interviews||25 February – 25 March 2019|
|5.||Admission Results (notified by email)||5 April 2019|
|6.||Admissions: Payment of Fees||6 April -20 April 2019|
|7.||Programme Commences (July 22, 2019)*|
*With regards to counting days for determining any limits regarding admissions withdrawal, refund etc., and the commencement date will be considered as July 22, 2019.
The academic programme at Ahmedabad University is based on rigorous academic engagement in the classroom. Hence if classes are missed then learning gets compromised. It is not possible to capture each and every aspect of this learning through evaluations such as examinations. Therefore if a student has missed a significant portion of classes then grades have to be dropped and adjusted downwards for the learning compromised on account of absence.
It is expected that students will aim to attend 100 percent of the sessions for every course they have registered for in any semester. It is understood that some exigencies may come up for students on account of which they may miss some classes. Factoring in such probable exigencies, there are no adverse consequences in a course if the attendance falls up to 80 percent in the course. However if the attendance of the student in any course falls below 80 percent then the grade in that course may get dropped. There is one grade drop for every shortfall of 15 percent below 80 percent attendance. However if the attendance falls below 50 percent then the student will get an ‘F’ or ‘NP’ grade and will have to repeat the course, if needed. This policy encourages the students to maintain higher attendance and ensures that no learning is missed.
The full Attendance Policy of the University is available on AURIS. Students are expected to be familiar with it.
Ahmedabad University has zero tolerance policy against sexual harassment defined as any unwelcome sexually determined behavior. An act of sexual harassment is a punishable offence. As per the provisions of the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013, an Internal Complaints Committee has been constituted for the academic year 2019-20. In case of any complaints, contact any of the following:
|S. No.||Member Names||Role||Contact Details|
|1||Ms Kalpana Pareek
|Asst. Dean of Students
|2||Professor Jeemol Unni||Faculty, Managementemail@example.com
|3||Professor Vaibhav Shah||Faculty (Male), Learning Futures||Vaibhav.firstname.lastname@example.org
|4||Ms Juhi Bansal||Associate Director, Learning Futures||Juhi.email@example.com
|5||Dr Riddhi Shukla
Arogyam Speciality Hospital,
Near Navrang School, Darpan Six
Road, Ahmedabad – 14
|6||Ms Malti Mehta
|Associated with SEWA,
Network of Women in India,
Media Women's Forum, AMA,
Vishwa Gujarati Samaj,
Bhartiya Jain Sangathan
3, Utkarsh Society,
Near Bhuderpura, Ahmedabad – 15
Ahmedabad University (AU) is a self-financed, non-affiliating State Private University promoted by Ahmedabad Education Society (AES). The vision of the AU is "to be a temple of higher learning engaged in gathering, generating, storing and disseminating knowledge relevant to the societal needs, offering multi-disciplinary programs to students emphasizing their all-round development" and it seek to "encourage research and the open exploration of intellectual enterprise".
Ahmedabad University (hereinafter referred as “University”) aims for global standards of excellence across the spectrum of research, from fundamental, curiosity-driven work that builds the stock of knowledge and leads to new research questions to applied research and innovation with direct applications to industry and communities. By virtue of supporting a vibrant research environment through its expert faculty for its students to explore and expand the frontiers of knowledge, it is necessary therefore, to have in place, systems and mechanisms to structure and enforce the process of creation, preservation, documentation, transfer and application of IPR linking their commercial exploitation under the legal provisions in the country.
The goal of the Intellectual Property (hereinafter referred as “IP”) policy of the University is to recognize, guard and manage intellectual properties generated from the work carried by the University human resources.
The University wishes to underscore the importance of IP and urges all faculty, staff and students to document their innovative and creative outputs with a view to identify and protect their IP. The University is keen to facilitate IP generation, protection and its application for shared benefits to both University and inventors in a transparent manner. For the facilitation of the IP policy, the University shall constitute the Intellectual Property Cell (hereinafter referred as “IPC”). The office of the IPC shall deal with all activities relating to IP of the University.
WHAT CONSTITUTES AN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
IP is an intangible knowledge product resulting from the intellectual and scientific pursuits that qualifies for legal protection under relevant legislations regulating and governing various forms of IP Rights (IPR). IP thus is an outcome of the in-house, sponsored research, industrial consulting or other forms of collaborative research and development (R & D).
Broadly, IP could take the form of any invention related to scientific, technological, social, societal, and business development namely: patent, industrial design, trademark, copyright, mathematical models, business models, confidential information, technical know-how, mask works, process, plans, circuit, diagrams, specifications, guidelines, graphics, training materials, software programs, records, drawings, instruction guides, logo, study materials, new techniques, algorithms, concepts or any other form as per the need and development.
The several types of IP can be broadly listed as follows:
WHOM THIS IP POLICY IS MEANT FOR
This IP policy covers all human resources of the University (hereinafter referred as “inventors”) including students, staff and the faculty. It also covers outside faculty, individual research scholar, scientist, companies, firm, institutions, research centre, vendor, supplier or any other business partner engaged directly or indirectly in research and development, innovation and intellectual & scientific pursuits being carried at the University in India and abroad either individually or jointly with any inventor of the University. It is also applicable to the employee of the University who is under lien, sabbatical, training, visit or internship to other organizations.
IP GENERATION AND OWNERSHIP
Under all circumstances University always reserves right to use the IP generated for its academic and research purpose. It is also mandatory for the inventor / author to obtain all necessary permissions while using the copyright material. University is not liable for any copyright violation by the inventor or the author.
DISCLOSURE OF IP
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AND IP LICENSING
University envisages a fine balance between a need to protect the IP and its commercialization.
The University may examine to institute an ‘IPC Fund’ by investing corpus amount every year and accumulating part of the revenue generated from licensing/assigning and other resources to support IP activities of the University. The IPC fund will be managed by the IPC of the University.
CONSTITUTION OF THE IP COMMITTEE (IPC)
The IP Committee (IPC) will be the core administrating body, which will be responsible for evolving detailed procedures to facilitate implementation of the IP policy of the University. The IPC Committee shall essentially work as a policy formulating committee while the executive actions will be carried out by the IPC. The periodic amendments recommended by the IPC shall be adopted by the University after due process of approval from the Board of Governors of the University.
The IPC shall have 7 members and will be headed by the Provost/Vice Chancellor and will have the following structure:
The IPC shall meet whenever necessary. The scope of activities of the IPC shall include the following:
INFRINGEMENTS, DAMAGES, LIABILITY AND INDEMNITY
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
In the event of any dispute, controversy, claim or disagreement of any kind whatsoever between the University and inventor(s) of the University, collaborating institutions or any service provider regarding the implementation of the IP policy, or in connection with or arising out of any agreement or the breach, termination or invalidity thereof between or among the parties thereto, or any person claiming under any of them, the parties concerned shall promptly meet and discuss the dispute in an effort to resolve it. If no resolution could be reached within 15 (fifteen) days following the date on which one of the parties first notifies in writing to the other(s) of its request that such a meeting is to be held, then, the dispute shall be resolved by arbitration under the provisions of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 and the Rules there under, as amended from time to time. The arbitration shall be conducted by a sole arbitrator, who shall be a person appointed by the Provost. The venue of such Arbitration shall be at Ahmedabad, India. . The arbitration shall be conducted in the English language.
As a policy, all agreements to be signed by the University will have the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in Ahmedabad and shall be governed by appropriate laws in India.
To begin with, this policy will be in operation till 31st March 2020. The same will be then reviewed for further period based on the experience and learnings during the implementation. This policy then may be reviewed, amended, modified, suspended or withdrawn by the Management at any time.
Draft date 29th September 2016
Edited by Mitul Shelat on 8th November 2016
Presented to ACM at the meeting 3rd February 2017 for final approval
Approved for Circulation and implementation at AC Meeting on Friday, 10th March 2017
Invention Disclosure Form (An interim version)
Date of submission:_______________
The inventor is requested to fill up the following form while submitting an application for filing a patent by Ahmedabad University.
[General Patent Information: In order to obtain patent protection, your invention must demonstrate the following:
New (or novel): The invention must be new, that is, it has not been previously used, sold or described publicly.
Useful: The invention must have an actual use and not be just a subject for additional research.
Non-obvious: The invention must not be obvious at the time of conception to another person having ordinary skill in the art].
I/We hereby declare that all statements made herein of my/our own knowledge are true and that all statements are believed to be true [to be signed by all inventors].
Inventor Signature Date
(Please add the above line in the same format in case of more inventors)
Countersigned by Dean R&D