Students Research & Development Cell (SRDC) titled ‘Vidhyanidhi’ is a part of ‘Research & Consultancy Cell’ (R&C) of Center for Management Studies, Jain (Deemed-to-be University). SRDC aims at contributing to the betterment of students involved in research activity by providing them a platform to develop their research thinking. The platform also updates the students with details of upcoming Conferences and Seminars that they can attend along with a complete list of Peer-reviewed and Scopus-indexed Journals with high impact factors to make it convenient for them to go for standard paper publications. For this purpose, students are also trained by teachers on the process of writing a research paper and getting it published. They are mentored on how to write a research paper by understanding the nature of this assignment, selecting a topic, preparing a working outline, locating materials, making notes, organizing content, citing sources, editing the prepared content, and transforming the entire process into a substantial research paper. New avenues of research are made available to the student fraternity by introducing them to research a variety of topics from diverse domains of Management like General Management, International Management, Finance, Economics, Marketing, Strategy, Consulting, Entrepreneurship, etc. As a result, for the year 2019-20, 80 students attempted to write research papers under the supervision and guidance of their research mentors, out of which 18 papers got selected and published in reputed journals. In the year 2020-21, the number increased to 120 students attempting to write research papers, out of which 25 papers got published. SRDC believes in providing hands-on experience to students in the field of research and for this purpose, it organized the first event of its kind called ‘Student Symposium’ on October 21, 2020, where students conducted the entire research event under the supervision and guidance of R&C.
Vidhyanidhi – Student Research & Development Cell, a part of Research & Consultancy Cell of Center of Management Studies, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) organized the first event of its kind, the ‘Student Symposium’ on October 21, 2020.
The symposium was conducted by categorizing into five sessions-
The first speaker of the session was Prof Sunitha B.K., Head of the Department, who conferred her views on the topic “Indian Economy in Unparalleled Times: The Road Ahead” and apprised the audience of the current economic condition of the country affected by COVID-19. She also discussed how the government needs to act fast and boldly with coherent economic recovery strategies.
The speaker for the second session was Dr. Varsha Agarwal, Assistant Professor & Research Cell Coordinator. She conveyed her views on the topic “The Invincible Power of Goal Setting” and motivated students to contemplate how setting goals can help individuals to move forward and achieve what they truly want in life.
Dr. Umakanth S was the speaker for the third session, an Associate Professor & Head of the Department. He delivered his talk on the topic “Fundamentals of Research and Finance” and he explained how an understanding of the research process is necessary to effectively conduct research and referred to the examples from the domain of Finance.
The speaker for the fourth session was Dr. Shiva Chaudhary, Assistant Professor & Research Guide. He spoke on the topic “Rudiments of Research Writing”. He enlightened the the participants on how to follow the process of research by identifying the problem, reviewing the literature, setting research questions, objectives, and hypotheses. He also spoke on choosing the right study design, deciding on the sample design, collecting data, processing and analyzing data and finally formulating research content.
For the fifth and the final session the speaker was Prof. Abhishek Venkteshwar, Assistant Professor & Course Facilitator He concluded the event with his views on the topic “The Super Power of Multitasking in your College Life”. He emphasized the point on how students can do multi-tasking and excel in academics too.
Overall the event was a great learning experience for the students it catered to their academic needs by elaborating on a broad spectrum of topics ranging from research, economic plans to goal setting, etc. The students expressed their zealous anticipation for many more such programs in the future.