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RESEARCH PROGRAMS

 

RESEARCH POLICIES

RESEACH DEPARTMENTS

RESEARCH COMMITTEE

RESEARCH DATABASE

RESEARCH ABSTRACTS

RESEARCH GUIDES

RESEARCH SCHOLARS

LIST OF PhD AWARDEES

 

VISION

Creation of infrastructural facilities and intellectual ambience congenial to academic    enquires leading to the production, preservation and propagation of knowledge.

 

MISSION

To ensure every researcher is equipped with requisite resources such as books and laboratories.

To facilitate trailblazing enquires in socially significant areas.

To help the scholar assimilate fundamentals of epistemological exercises.

To organise programs that inculcate the spirit of critical thinking and scientific temper.

To sensitise the academic community about the need for publishing in internationally recognized journals.

 

OVERVIEW OF RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Research has always been one of the key exercises that serves to enhance academic knowledge and infuse ardour into higher education. Maharaja’s College is foremost among the pioneering institutions that have forged an indelible stamp in the educational arena by producing many stalwarts in their own distinct ways promulgating its legacy. Maharaja’s College, a Government Autonomous College with the good repute of being one of the five centers of Excellence in the state of Kerala, was established in the year 1875. This special grade college affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University offers Ph.D. courses in Arabic English, Hindi, Malayalam, Sanskrit under the Language stream, Botany, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and Zoology under the Science stream and Commerce, Economics, History, Islamic history, Philosophy and Political science under the Social Science stream.  The sanctioned order number with year of each research department is given in Table-1.

After the implementation of Autonomy in 2015, six departments have been sanctioned as research departments. So out of the 19 departments in the college, 17 have been elevated to the status of research departments. There are 92 recognized supervising guides under whose guidance 214 research scholars are pursuing their research at Maharaja’s College Ernakulam.  A detailed department wise list of supervising guides and research scholars are given in Table-2.

The number of students opting to pursue research degree shows an increasing trend. The total Ph.D. admissions doubled from 2015 to 2020. The implicit growth rates in these numbers show that the overall Ph.D. admissions increased during this period.  94 research scholars were admitted in the previous academic year. Maximum numbers of Ph.D. students are enrolled in Language stream followed by Social Science/Humanities and Science streams respectively.

 The activities of the Research Committee, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam, are summarized below:

COURSE WORK CLASSES

Research in any discipline is an ongoing process of enhancing the existing fund of knowledge by exploring new frontiers that challenge the human quest for understanding reality. Course work classes have been arranged for research scholars, department-wise and also stream-wise. The classes were handled by eminent resource persons with expertise in their field. To overcome the research-writing-skill deficiency among a large number of students, training programs on writing skills were organized. Now the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus has created an unprecedented situation.  So, during this pandemic condition, we have already shifted to e-education. In this situation of dire compulsion, we have been conducting a series of webinars which has won great appreciation from research scholars of our college and other institutions.

HALF YEARLY PROGRESS REPORT PRESENTATION

Half­yearly and yearly reviews of research leading to Ph.D. degrees are held to monitor progress and to keep track of the student's estimated date of completion. Through this, the student reviews the stated objectives, success in attaining objectives, research output and results, publications, conference attendance, etc. In addition, it allows the student and his/her supervisor, the opportunity to identify achievable targets for the coming six months. Accordingly, Ph.D. degree candidates are required to submit progress reports through their supervisor(s) and the Head of the Department to the Registrar, Mahatma Gandhi University, at every six months from the date of registration. The Yearly Progress Reports will be reviewed by a panel appointed by the principal. The panel includes an external expert before whom the students are required to make an oral presentation of his/her research work prior to the submission of the half yearly progress report.

 

  INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL COURSE WORK EXAMINATIONS

            Internal Course work examinations were conducted by each department and the internal marks of course work examinations were sent to the Registrar, Mahatma Gandhi University. External course work Paper III examinations were conducted as per the timetable of M.G. University and external mark list of the research scholars were sent to the MG University through proper channel.

                                                         RESEARCH ORIENTATION PROGRAMME (ROP)

Research not only generates useful insight and confidence but also acts as a stimulant for academic growth. Sound conceptual understanding of various research methods, research instruments, tools and techniques is an essential prerequisite for conducting empirical research. For undergoing high quality research and writing good research papers, one requires to collect, interpret and logically document the information. The art of drawing coherent conclusions, supported by appropriate research tools and reference citation is vital for quality research work. The core objective of the Research Orientation Programme (ROP) was to equip the research scholars with set of skills and potentiality to undertake the research very effectively and to turn completed research into publishable material of high quality in the form of articles, journals and books. The programme was multi-disciplinary in nature that seeks to improve  research capacity on how to write and publish research paper, project proposals and to prepare project reports, update participants on various research grant opportunities and potential funding agencies, acquaint the participant with open sources of information, online tools and resources for Scientific Writing, develop skills and the ability to undertake research on various current issues using appropriate data and methodologies (quantitative and qualitative).

RESEARCH DATA BASES

Maharaja’s College has been providing the following E-Resources for research scholars:

National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content (N-LIST)

National Library and Information Services Infrastructure for Scholarly Content (N-LIST) is the college component of e-Shodh Sindhu. It provides access to e-resources to students, researchers and faculty from colleges installed at the INFLIBNET Centre, which is located at the Central Library. Maharaja’s College Ernakulam, has registered for the N-LIST from 2011 onwards and the college can access 3,828 electronic journals and 80,409 electronic books. Users are required to log-in with their user ID and password to request for articles using N-LIST Service.

Special Package from Taylor and Francis

Taylor & Francis partners with world-class authors, from leading scientists and researchers, to scholars and professionals, operating at the top of their fields. Together, we publish in all areas of the Humanities, Social Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Science, Technology and Medicine sectors. Maharaja’s College has been subscribing a special package of 1500 e-journals comprising Science, Language and Social Science stream since March 2018. All the research scholars, students and faculty members can access these journals by using Maharaja’s static IP address.

Databases of Department of Economics

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

IP based perpetual access to online database of New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics (24 Volume) worth Rs.8 Lakhs

Economic and Political Weekly Research Foundation (EPWRF) India Time series

Economic and Political Weekly Research Foundation (EPWRF) managed India Time Series (ITS) database for all 18 modules with unlimited downloads is subscribed by the Maharaja’s College. The EPWRF India Times Series (EPWRFITS), interactive online database is an initiative taken by the EPW Research Foundation (EPWRF) with an aim to provide credible time series data facilitating research across various sectors of Indian Economy.

Indiastat

Database managed by Datanet India under the name “IndiaStat.com” is subscribed by the college. The plan subscribed is IP address based “Institution Penta Plus” with unlimited access. The data base provides secondary level socio economic statistical information about India, its states, regions and sectors.

Ph.D. DEGREES AWARDED & CIENTO Ph.D. FETE

It was a huge honour to Maharaja’s College that, more than 100 research scholars have been awarded with PhD degree till 2017. So we celebrated this unique and creditable achievement with pomp and splendour by organizing a programme on 8th December 2017.  During this programme, we had the blessed opportunity to honour Leelavathy teacher and to felicitate both research supervisors as well as PhD Scholars. Compiled abstracts of Ph. D theses of all supervising guides, research scholars and faculty members of Maharaja’s College under three different streams, i.e., Science, Social and Language were released at the function by Sri. Hibi Eden MLA and the copy was received by the Principal, Maharaja’s College Ernakulam. A catalogue of books published by faculty members of Maharaja’s College was released by Dr. Dharmaraj Adat, Vice-chancellor of the Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kalady and the first copy was received by Dr. K. S. Radhakrisnan (Chairman of the Kerala Public Service Commission at Trivandrum).

140 research scholars of Maharaja’s College have been awarded with Ph D degree till date.

SASTRAYAAN

Research is an exciting, enlightening, complex, fundamental, precise, logical, and creative activity all at the same time. However, for the public to get in touch with it and understand why it encompasses all these concepts, efforts need to be made to bridge our research-related activities and society. Public awareness is the public’s level of understanding about the importance and implications of our research activities. It can be done through specific planned events, poster campaigns, newspaper articles, workshops, Measurement and analysis using Current Laboratory Methods etc. With this aim, Research Committee, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam had arranged SASTRAYAN on 22 & 23 February 2018 to make complex information more tangible and disseminate it as broadly as possible so that the public can understand and be engaged. The purpose of the Programme was also to provide exposure to the Research scholars, teachers and research guides of Maharaja’s College Ernakulam in the various departments into the ever expanding areas of interdisciplinary research in which they can have contributions in advanced areas.

PUBLICATIONS

There are more than 850 publications with ISSN /ISBN numbers and among these more than 300 publications were in Scopus, WoS listed and UGC care listed Journals.

FELLOWSHIP

Fellowship was awarded to students pursuing research on the lines of UGC Fellowships on regular and full time basis. We have 15, 3 and 1 research scholars who are aspiring JRF/NET fellowship, MANF and NF OBC fellowship respectively.

RESEARCH POLICY

Rapid growth in scientific knowledge is an indication of quest for discovery and has an impact on economic and societal development. Research is the foundation of knowledge that brings new energy, promotes research publications, develops collaborations and becomes part of active community that shares the mission objectives. Taking these into consideration, Maharajas College implemented a research Policy.

Maharaja’s College creates an open platform to foster academic excellence and to pursue scholarly research activities and is committed to promote a research culture among faculty and students as basic long term research provides the foundation for future development of the Institution. The research policy of the college aims to develop and promote scientific temper and research aptitude of all learners; to realize the vision and mission of the college and to identify research areas of academic, practical and socially relevant significance thus contributing to national development. It also aims at ensuring that the research activities of the college conform to all applicable rules and regulations of the affiliating University and the UGC, as well as to the established standards and norms relating to safe and ethical conduct of research. A research policy had been created with some objectives, code of ethics for research, Operating Procedures for Research Ethics Committee and role of Maharajas’ College ethics committee and it was approved by the Governing Council for the smooth conduct of research activities.

CENTRAL INSTRUMENTATION FACILITY

The Central Instrumentation Facility houses a wide range of sophisticated scientific instruments, maintains them and ensures a fair utilization among the research community. It also maintains labs with most recent equipment to conduct experiments that aid in developing scientific learning amongst students and in cultivating deeper and profound interest in their respective field of study. 

The facilities are envisaged to nourish collaborative research between Maharaja’s College Ernakulam and other academic and industrial organizations.

The facility is well equipped with a wide range of instruments which include:

  • Shimadzu Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometer QP-2020 NX with accessories
  • UV visible Spectrophotometer model Lambda 750 from Perkin Elmer Singapore
  • Electro Chemical Impedance Analyzer Potentiostat/Galvanostat with electrochemical analyser and EC-LAB Software (Model SP 300)
  • Water Purification System Scientific Enterprises

To further enhance the instrumentation facility, some more sophisticated instruments will be introduced shortly using RUSA fund. This facility is open for visit by students and faculty from other educational institutions.

Table 1: RESEARCH DEPARTMENT ORDERS

Sl.No

Department

Order Number

Year

1

Physics

ACA II- 3/2272/90 dated 16/5/1991

1991

2

Sanskrit

AC.A11-3/3519/90 dated -10/01/92         

1992

3

Hindi

AC.A11-1-2841/91 dated 22.09.93          

1993

4

Philosophy

AC-AII/3/7737/94 dated  18/5/1995

1995

5

Zoology

No.Ac.AII.3.3737/95 dated 13/6/1997      

1997

6

Chemistry

Ac.A6/3319/R.C/1998 dated 12.2.99

1999

7

Economics

AC.A/VI/ 2/4033/RC 2000 dated 10/4/2002        

2002

8

Malayalam

AC/AVI/2/4033/RC/2000 dated 10.04.2002.

2002

9

Arabic

AC.AVI/2/272/RC/2002 dated 28.12.2004

2004

10

English

AC A-VI/1/564/RC/2006/ dt.9/3/2007

2007

11

Political Science

227/AC-AVI/1/RC/09/Acad dated 14.01.2009

2009

12

History

348/AVI/1/RC/2013/Acad dated 15.01.2016

2016

13

Botany

640/AVI/1/RC/1932/2016/Acad dated 31.01.2018

2018

14

Commerce

8083/AVI/1/RC/4823/2017/Acad dated 14.11.2018

2018

15

Mathematics

2622/AC A6/2019/MGU dtd.15.06.2019

2019

16

Islamic History

2601/AC A6/2019/MGU dated.14.06.2019

2019

17

Statistics

UO.No.633/AVI/1/ RC/8637/2017/Acad dated  8/02/2019

2019

 

TABLE 2: NUMBER OF SUPERVISING GUIDES AND RESEARCH SCHOLARS

 

 

Sl No

Department

Supervising Guides

Total Number of Research Scholars

Retired

From Maharaja’s

Other than Maharaja’s

Total Number of Supervising Guides

1

Arabic

2

2

1(Deputation)

5

16

2

English

5

1

4

10

35

3

Hindi

0

6

10

16

32

4

Malayalam

0

2

6

8

28

5

Sanskrit

0

2

0

2

4

6

Botany

0

3

2

5

8

7

Chemistry

3

7

0

10

8

8

Mathematics

0

2

0

2

8

9

Physics

3

0

1

4

7

10

Statistics

0

2

0

2

2

11

Zoology

1

2

3

6

9

12

Commerce

0

3

3

6

26

13

Economics

0

1

1

2

4

14

History

1

1

0

2

3

15

Islamic History

0

2

1

3

3

16

Philosophy

0

3

1

4

5

17

Political Science

0

1

4

5

16

Total

17 Departments

15

40

37

92

214

             

 

 

 

 

Excellence is a potential chiseled into a more perfect state through vision, dedication and determination. The Research committee places on record a deep sense of gratitude to the Governing Council, the Principal, Vice principal and all faculty members and office staff of the College and Research Committee members for their whole-hearted support and cooperation in the successful conduct of all research-related activities.     

 

Science

 

Ph.D Botany Ph.D Chemistry Ph.D Mathematics
     
     
Ph.D Physics Ph.D Statistics Ph.D Zoology

 

 

 


Languages/Fine Arts

 

Ph.D Arabic Ph.D English Ph.D Malayalam
     
     
Ph.D Hindi Ph.D Sanskrit Ph.D Music

    
 

Humanities And Social Science/Commerce

 

Ph.D Commerce Ph.D Economics Ph.D History
     
     
Ph.D Islamic History Ph.D Philosophy Ph.D Political Science


                                

 

Research Committee

Research Committee is functioning at college to coordinate and supervise entire research activities. The committee has been promoting research activities by undertaking various programmes. There has been a significant and continuing increase in research activity at all levels. The prime purpose of the committee is to increase the quality of Doctoral Research which is undertaken at Maharaja's College and encourage the research scholars to publish it in reputed journals. It is facilitating research scholars in learning to think in innovative and creative ways.

Convenor: Dr. Bindu Sharmila T K,  Assistant Professor of Chemistry

 

Research Programmes and Thrust Areas

Department of Arabic, Botany, Chemistry, Commerce, Economics, English, Hindi, History, Islamic History, Malayalam, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Sanskrit, Statistics and Zoology offer Ph.D Programmes.

Arabic

Comparative Literature, Modern Poetry and Satire

Botany

 

Chemistry

Synthetic organic Chemistry & Inorganic Co-ordination Chemistry

Commerce

Urban Infrastructure, Finncial markets, Accounting, Taxation, Behavioural finance, Tourism and event management, Marketing and human resource management

Economics

Labour Economics, Entrepreneurship, Industrial economics, commodity Chain, Micro Credit, fisheries Economics, Environmental & Health Economics and Occupational Mobility

English

Post Colonial Studies, Literary Theory, Indian Aesthetics, ELT, Women’s Studies

Hindi

Comparative Literature, Modern Poetry, Linguistics, Journalism and Satire

History 

Peasant movements, History of science and technology, History of healthcare systems and folklore studies

Islamic History

 

Malayalam

Linguistics, Feminism Sahithyam, Aesthetics and narratology

Mathematics

 

Music

 

Philosophy

Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysics and Mysticism, Ecophilosophy and Social Justice. Continental Philosophy, Analytical Philosophy and Indian Philosophy

Physics

 Theoretical - Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos in couples map lattices, Stochastic Resonance, Synchronization in coupled systems and Chaos in Astrophysics

Political Science 

  Industrial Relations, Trade Unionism, Political Socialisation

Sanskrit

Edition of Krishnarjuniya & Sampathi Sandesa

Statistics

             Distribution Theory, Reliability Analysis and Timeseries Analysis

Zoology

Dermatoghphics, Entomology, Ornaments Fishery, Butterfly diversity & life history, Toxicology etc.

 

SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS

List of seminars and worshops conducted during 2014 -19

 

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