My Dear Teachers and Scholars,
It is my pleasure to share some thing with you in this forum.
I welcome you all to Interscience Research Network, a professional body of scholars, researchers and teachers on India.
Before speaking about Interscience Research Network, I must highlight the paradigm shift which has taken place in India after globalization and privatization. The first thing is our studentship. There were only handful numbers of professional and engineering colleges in India. The total number of students in each institute and university department was around 1000 or so. It was not difficult rather convenient to impart classroom teaching; maintain discipline and bring harmony among student and teacher. There was no such slogan of Industry-institute Partnership, Collaborations, Student feedbacks and Academic audits etc. The Academic Administration was never a stressful challenge for the teaching community.
The Second Insight is about research. Research was given less priority during 1980’s and early part of 90’s and of course it was the least preferred career for the bright students obtaining degree/diplomas from professional and engineering institutes and universities. The syllabi, course contents and of course the pedagogy for the technical education remain in a stereotype form till 1990. As a result there was no need for the training and time-to-time retraining of the teachers.
But if you look at the present Market Oriented technical and professional education scenario in India, it is amazing. The total numbers of students entering to a single institute, university department or deemed-to-be-university each year is more than 2000, which means the total numbers of students in a single campus is more than 10,000 and in some places it is approaching 20,000. As a result, academic and student administration, industry institute collaboration, curriculum administrations are challenges before the teaching community. The apex bodies for professional and technical education is now giving much more emphasis to research outputs of universities and institutes and also it is an indicator for NAAC accreditation. The UGC, AICTE and MCI are now clearing emphasizing the research outputs in terms of publications in journals, and proceedings, patents, IPR, technical reports etc.
Now the time has come to relook our career path and plan for the future. As the teacher there is three distinct paths before you. Of course as a teacher you have to teach, which the first responsibility of a teacher is. But one cannot justify if he/she will be engaged in research, academic administration and university social responsibility or institute-social responsibility. I must clarify here what is university social responsibility or institute-social responsibility, which is a new dimension in teaching-learning process. A teacher usually assists in the process of review and edits the research output of the scholars which is submitted to various journals and periodicals. A teacher does not get any remuneration for this kind of job, but it is an honor and respect to review the research paper, edit journals, and become the programme committee chair of conferences.
In this changing paradigm, IRNet has started playing a crucial role by facilitating the scholars, researchers and teachers in the teaching learning process. IRNet started its activities in March 2007 by organizing a National workshop on Language Literature Computer (LCC) funded by CDAC, Mumbai. I must express my thanks to CDAC for recognizing us as one of their collaborator. Since then we have organized more than 50 conferences, seminars, symposium, workshops and staff development programmes for teachers, professionals in industries and researchers. Till May 2011, our activities were limited to Bhubaneswar, though there was requests and pressures from participants attending the programmes across India to start activities in their towns and cities.
From June 2011, we have started forming chapters at different cities and towns. By now IRNet has started activities in chapters like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Guwahati, Rachi and Durg. These chapters are active and organizing workshops and conferences in a regular interval. This is the first time we have come out of India and starts our activity in Singapore and organized the conference in October 2011.
IRNet recognizes the scholars and researchers by awarding them during the conference through “Best Presentation Award”, “Best Content Development Award”, “Best Research Output Award”, “IRNet Scholastic Award” in each conference.
Organizing conference and bringing out proceedings from the conference is not every thing for IRNet. IRNet- core activity starts after the conference is over. IRNet liaison with various international publishing house to bring out special issues from international journals and Edited volumes on various emerging areas. Till today we have brought out more than 20 special issues from International Journal of Information and Communication Technology, International Journal of Computer Vision and Robotics, International Journal of Computer and Communication technology and one edited volume entitled “Soft Computing Techniques in Vision Sciences” from Springer.
From 2011, IRNet has started forming special interest group in various research areas. By now IRNet is having four Special interest group namely “Bio-Science and Bio-informatics”, “Vision Sciences”, “Energy and Power Engineering”, and “Entrepreneurship and Innovation”.
IRNet has one sister organization who publishes international journals and proceedings in the name of “Interscience Open Access Journals” or in short IOAJ. By now IOAJ is having 14 journals with ISSN number in the area of Computer Science and Engineering, Information Technology, Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Pharmaceutical Technology and few more have been launched recently.
I am proud to say that all our team members are the knowledge workers of our pioneering mother institute namely Interscience Institute of Management and Technology (in short IIMT, Bhubaneswar). We provide case study and research based management education at degree and post graduate level. IIMT, Bhubaneswar is a platform for engineering and professional teachers to take training on Academic Leadership. IIMT has signed an MOU with House of Montrose, New Zealand to offer the programme on . Our teachers are the role model in showcasing the Institute-Social responsibility through reviewing, editing and publishing various journals. They are also pivotal in arranging symposium and workshops in the specialized area of research.
I must recognize the contributions of professors, without whose advice, support and guidance, IRNet could not have achieve this height. They are Prof. R. K. Mishra, SOA University, Bhubaneswar, Prof. Nakula Murthy, from NIT, Warangal, Prof. B. V. Dhandra, University of Gulbarga, Prof. Sarat Goal, Army Institute of Management and Technology, Prof. Snehasis Bhoumik, Bengal Engineering and Science University, Kolkata, Prof. Santish Kulkarni, from Latur.
Last but not the least I must mention about the core team members of IRNet. Their integrated involvement, organizational values and work ethics have ignited IRNet at a global pace. They are Sanjay Sharma, Sarada, Mritunjay, Ambika, Sushant, Soma, Bikash, Litun, Ajit, & Rashmi.
Join hands with IRNet to build a strong India through research and Innovation. I invite you all to join the IRNet movement in India. Associate yourself in the knowledge sharing activities of IRNet in your own institute by opening the chapter in your locality. I am sure one day you will be the torch bearer of IRNet in India.
I must end with a Sanskit recitation which reflects vedic values of teachers and taught
Om shahanaavavatu Sahanau bhunaktu
Tejaswinaa vidhi tamastu maa vidhishaavahai
Om Shanti: Shanti: Shanti:
OM, May He protect us both, the teacher and the taught
May He cause us both to enjoy the Supreme
May we both exert together to discover the true inner meaning of the scriptures
May our studies be thorough and brilliant
May we never misunderstand each other
May there be peace, peace and perfect peace
|Thank you all.
Dr. Srikanta Patnaik