Research Policy

RESEARCH POLICY

Preamble

IIS (Deemed to be University) is a research and innovation driven University committed to promote research, extension, entrepreneurship, innovation and ensure that the outcomes  of research are disseminated for the benefit of  mankind. The cultivation of these values in the IIS (Deemed to be University) community are advanced by the ongoing educational framework and support provided  in matters of research integrity and by adopting appropriate policies within which research should be conducted. This Research policy, therefore, establishes a general framework for the conduct of research.

Scope

This is a University wide Research Policy and does apply to all the faculty-regular, part time or adjunct, and the scholars seeking admission in the University.

Objectives

This policy provides a broad framework for setting-up the direction and standards of research, besides ensuring integrity, quality and ethics in research at the University. The objectives of policy are as follows:

  • To nurture an environment suitable for undertaking research within the University with the potential of innovation and commercialization.
  • To integrate teaching and research through translational and instructional research.
  • To create, maintain and enhance infrastructure to enable conduct of state-of the art research.
  • To provide a framework for conduct of research in a transparent, socially responsible and ethical manner.
  • To create a rational, transparent and efficient system for management of all research processes.
  • To incentivize the generation of intellectual capital.

Promotion of Research

The University believes that researchers are free to choose the subject of their research, to seek support from any funding source for their research work, and to report their findings and conclusions. However, research shall be available for scrutiny to the University and constructive criticism of peers. Research techniques used by the researchers shall not violate established professional ethics, pertaining to the health, safety, privacy and other personal rights of human beings or to the infliction of injury or pain on animals.


The University shall create conducive environment for research. Due to limited resources, theUniversity may not support fully all research likely to be undertaken, but it shall allocate the space, facilities, partial funding, and other resources for research programmes based on the scholarly and educational merits of the proposed research. It shall also provide development opportunities to researchers for writing research proposals and reports, publications, patent filing, etc.

Research Promotion Committee:

The implementation and updation of Research Policy shall be carried out by Research Promotion Committee (RPC), IIS (Deemed to be University) and will require the approval of Research Board, Academic Council  and Board of Management. The different committees constituted to regulate, monitor and support the constitution and working of M.Phil. / Ph.D. programme shall be governed by the University M.Phil. and Ph.D. bye laws in existence. Besides that Vice Chancellor may  constitute other committees as per requirement from time to time for promotion of research.

Policy and Guidelines

  • Undertaking Research: The primary responsibility for the selection and conduct of Research shall rest with the Researcher and to this end he or she shall maintain the highest standards of honesty, integrity and ethical behaviour in all Research and abide by the regulatory framework of IIS (Deemed to be University) Research Policy.
  • Quality of Research: Faculty members and research students of IIS (deemed to be University) are expected to undertake research, publish in a peer reviewed journal(s) of repute( UGC approved journals, SCOPUS/ Google Scholars / Web of Science or Indian Citation Index), present research work in National / International conferences and generate intellectual property with potential for commercialization.
  • Authorship: A Researcher shall ensure that authorship of published work includes all those and only those who have made significant scholarly contributions to the work and who share responsibility and accountability for the results. Attribution of authorship shall be determined according to: (a) the quality and quantity of a researcher’s contribution; (b) the extent of a researcher’s responsibility and accountability for the results; and (c) the best practices of the discipline
  • Curbing Plagiarism : The IISU Plagiarism Policy will be governed by as per University Grants Commission (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations-2017
  • Academic Dishonesty: Researcher should not misrepresent his or her academic, professional or employment credentials or experience. Any action that is inconsistent with integrity, honesty or the Regulatory Framework, including these policy guidelines,  may constitute a disciplinary offence and, where appropriate, shall be investigated in accordance with the Regulatory Framework relating to the investigation of research misconduct, plagiarism and action taken depending on the  seriousness of offence.
  • Resources in Support of Research: A researcher, and those responsible for utilization of funds and their use, shall comply with the Regulatory Framework and applicable Agency policies and guidelines relating to the management and disbursement of funds and reimbursements for expenses.
  • Research at UG and PG level: The University encourages under- and post-graduate students to conduct research. To promote research, some research components in the curricula in the form of dissertation/project, especially in the final year of the master’s programme, is compulsory. In the postgraduate programme, students work under the guidance of the faculty on the decided topic of the dissertation and submit the findings periodically. The University shall further reinforce research training in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the future. To promote research at UGU and PG level, the University has instituted a Scheme of Student Projects, wherein the students work on related project under supervision of faculty members. The University also provides financial support to such projects every year.
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. Programme: The University further boosts M.Phil and  doctoral research and earmark appropriate budget for providing Research fellowship to selected candidates and for augmentation research facilities in different departments. It shall also recognize countrywide and aboard the worthy R&D organizations providing support  for doctoral research and build bridges with them. The University shall continue to encourage faculty and research scholars to get funding for research and for attending International conferences from external agencies,  as a matching share, so that the quality of  research  at the University  can be maintained. It shall urge research scholars to publish in reputed journals  and patent their research work.  Subject to the general superintendence of the Academic Council, the following bodies/ committees have been constituted to deal with all matters related to M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes of the University in accordance with the IISU Bye-laws:

(a) The Research Board (RB)

(b) The Research Advisory Committee (RAC for each candidate)

(c) The Departmental Research Admission Committee (DRAC for each Department)

            Rules and framework of M.Phil. / Ph.D. programmes are governed by the M.Phil./Ph.D bye-laws, which can be accessed from https://research.iisuniv.ac.in/content/bye-laws-0 and are based on UGC (Minimum Standards and procedures for award of M.Phil./Ph.D. Degree) Regulations, 2016 and may bre revised from time to time in tune with changes in UGC Regulations.

  • Minor Research Projects: The Minor Research Project Scheme helps researchers think about research, prepare the proposal, conduct research and write a research report. It also assists them in preparing proposals for major research projects. According to this scheme, a student/faculty prepares Research Project, which is submitted to the Research Promotion committee and on the recommendations of this committee the University gives financial assistance to the researcher concerned. To have the periodical assessment of all such research projects and with an aim to guide the researcher,  review meetings are conducted by the Research Promotion Committee.. It is also mandatory to submit a progress report of  each such Research Project to the University. The University shall continue to encourage researchers to take up minor research projects and shall earmark appropriate budget for this purpose.
  • Major Research Projects: Faculty are encouraged to submit Major Research Project proposals to external agencies. These proposals are scrutinised before submitting the same to a funding agency. The University provides all kinds of infrastructure facilities available for conducting a Major Research Project. The University plans to evolve a mechanism through which it shall monitor the progress of Major Research Projects funded by an external agency, maintain its accounts and submit the utilisation certificate in time to the funding agency as per the requirement of the funding agency.
  • Research Collaborations: The University, being a self-financed University has limited resources for conducting research and also for the development of the rich infrastructure for conducting research in different fields; therefore, collaboration with different prominent National institutions, where necessary research infrastructures and also expertise to guide the scholars in different areas are available, may be considered to be done.
  • Incentives for Outstanding Research: For the purpose of encouragement of quality research, outstanding research contributions done by faculty and research scholars shall be recognized and will be provided with incentive in terms of awards/prizes, certificates and/or giving more weightage in the career advancement scheme, etc.
  • Research Chair: The University shall create research chairs and a scheme for appointment of Professor Emeritus for a particular term. They shall conduct research with the objective of integrating the research and teaching.

Ethics in Research

  • Academic staff and students are required to carry out their Research in compliance with all the University’s obligations under  the norms of duties and Code of Conduct  and any ethical and contractual obligations.
  • Research projects that involve animal subjects, including those undertaken as part of a teaching programme, must be conducted as per the guidelines issued by Committee for the Purpose of Control and Supervision of Experiments on Animals (CPCSEA), under the supervision of Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBSC), Government of India.

Intellectual Property and Commercialization

Faculty and students are required to comply with the University’s Intellectual Property Policy.

https://iisuniv.ac.in/ip-policy

Review of the Policy           

The policy will be reviewed after a period of three years.