Jain (Deemed-to-be University) organized its Annual Research Retreat for the Doctoral students and Scholars on 12 and 13 August 2017. Over 310 doctoral students and 60 doctoral Guides attended the Retreat. The two-day research oriented retreat had a range of Plenary Sessions, Concurrent Sessions and Break-out Sessions along with a Cultural Program.
Prior to the formal inauguration of the Retreat, the participants had a choice to participate in any one of the eight break-out sessions which were conducted by doctoral supervisors and Ph.D. alumni. Each session had an overwhelming number of participants with time being set aside for discussions.
The Retreat was formally inaugurated by Dr. Chenraj Roychand, President of Jain (Deemed-to-be University). In his inspiring and passionate address, the President complimented the scholars for the zeal and enthusiasm they have shown towards their research work. Hoping that the Retreat would strengthen their research skills, he appealed to all the doctoral students to take up research as a passion rather than as a requirement. One of the participants described the inaugural address as an ‘emotional and passionate call to strive for excellence’. Dr. C.G.Krishnadas Nair, Chancellor of Jain (Deemed-to-be University) complimented the organizers for carrying forward and strengthening the research tradition of Jain (Deemed-to-be University). He expressed that the Retreat provides a wonderful platform for the scholars of the University to connect.
While addressing the scholars, Dr. N Sundararajan, Vice Chancellor of Jain (Deemed-to-be University) highlighted the fact that the Research Retreat is one of the best practices of the University and he provided practical insights to the researchers from his rich experience. Dr. Sandeep Shastri, Pro Vice Chancellor of Jain (Deemed-to-be University) welcomed the participants and highlighted the objectives of organizing the Retreat.
The Retreat had three General Plenary Sessions and four Concurrent Faculty Plenary Sessions. The detailed report on each of the sessions is enclosed.