ME: International Workshop on Effective Research

Aug 11, 2017

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at St Joseph Engineering College – Vamanjoor, Mangaluru organized a One-Day International Workshop on Effective Research: Proposals, Investigations, and Publications on 11th August 2017. The workshop was organized in association with Dr Subramaniam Arunachalam from University of East London, School of Architecture, Computing & Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.

The Workshop was inaugurated on 11th August 2017 at 9:30 AM in the Spoorthi Hall of Academic Block – III. Dr Subramaniam Arunachalam graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The inaugural ceremony was presided over by Rev. Fr Wilfred Prakash D’Souza, Director – SJEC. Dr Joseph Gonsalvis, Principal – SJEC, Rev. Fr Rohith D’Costa, Assistant Director – SJEC, Dr Sudheer M., Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at SJEC and Convenor, along with Dr Binu K.G., Convenor of the Programme were the other dignitaries on the dais.

Dr Sudheer M, welcoming the gathering, introduced the workshop and the Resource Person. Appreciating the good turnout in participants for this workshop, he spoke about the current requirement of Faculty contributions in quality research. Inaugurating the Workshop, Dr Arunachalam in his address, spoke of the evolving nature of technology and the need to keep pace with the changes. He also spoke about the need for academicians to be involved in cutting edge research and the scope for innovations in Universities and Institutions. Dr Joseph Gonsalvis in his address motivated the faculty members to contribute as researchers and spoke about the need to derive knowledge from research that will make them good teachers. Congratulating the Department on the Workshop, Rev. Fr Wilfred Prakash D’Souza spoke about the initiatives taken by the Department towards Research. He highlighted the recent achievement of Coffee Bot developed by SJEC Alumni Mr John Rodrigues and used it as an example for innovation and research. The inaugural ceremony concluded with the vote of thanks delivered by Dr Binu K.G.

The workshop had four sessions in the following order.

1)     Performing High Quality Research

2)     Journal Publications

3)     Evaluation of PhD Thesis – Perspective of Foreign Evaluator

4)     Preparing Research Proposals

All the four sessions were well attended and appreciated by the participants. Dr Arunachalam, drew upon his wide and varied experience as a researcher and academician in addressing the above topics related to effective research. He highlighted all the steps involved in research starting from initiating research to the publication stage. From the thought process behind topic selection, literature review, effective data collection, to research methodologies, the sessions provided exhaustive and deep insights into research.

53 participants attended the workshop and had fruitful interactions with the resource person.

After completion of the sessions, Dr Arunachalam interacted with the Management and Senior Faculty of SJEC on the possibilities of collaborative research. He delivered a presentation on the guidelines involved in engaging with British Universities with MOUs. The Management appreciated Dr Arunachalam for his goodwill towards SJEC and agreed on future interactions and long-term association.

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