Staff Reporter

They come under the `Amrita Indo - U.S. Initiative in Higher Education and Research,' launched by President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in December

Instituted by the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Deemed University, went to scholars intending to do research projects in the following areas:BiosensorsPeptide synthesisUser interface designFace recognitionPower systemsRemote load controlPower quality improvementWind turbine generatorAntennas for mobile systems Vermicomposting Biodiesel processingScience and spiritualityComposite materialsPolymer composites

Coimbatore: Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Deemed University joined hands with The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, the United States, to jointly launch two post-graduate courses here on Monday.

The courses were: `Joint SUNY Buffalo - Amrita MS in IT-enabled services' and `Joint SUNY - Amrita MBA programme.' Both courses come under the `Amrita Indo - U.S. Initiative in Higher Education and Research,' launched by the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, in December last year.

Satish Tripathi, Provost and Executive Vice-President, SUNY Buffalo, announced the launch of the new courses. "A university is known by its research faculty, the Ph.Ds it produces and the undergraduate students taught to do research and who are part of the research team," he said.

Prof. Tripathi said that basic research generated fundamental knowledge and should be encouraged because it could lead to applied research. For example, "data mining" had first been considered suitable only for supermarket marketing, but was now being used in healthcare and to predict threats to the country and the possibility of terrorist attacks.

"Quantum computing had been considered purely theoretical at first, but with chips being developed at the nano level, we have to think of their quantum properties. Applied research can be very basic, so we should not look at hierarchy in research," he noted.

Other researchers should be able to repeat work done in computer science, information technology and engineering, in the same way in which research work in physics and other sciences could be repeated and verified.

Ethics in research was very important and scientists should be clear about the assumptions they were making when carrying out their work. Dissemination of research work ought to be given importance. "A good researcher should be a good teacher," he observed. Prof. Tripathi inaugurated the Centre for Computational Engineering (CEN) and the Centre for Digital Earth (CDE) on the campus, and distributed the Amrita Young Research Initiator Awards to the first batch of recipients.

Stephen Dunnett, Vice-Provost, SUNY, Buffalo, said that the courses were one of many collaborations likely to take place, for there had been discussions between the two universities on programmes in engineering, medicine and teaching of the English language.

"We also want American students and faculty to come to India to broaden their cultural horizons. International understanding brings us closer to world peace. American students need to know about Bangalore and how an ancient country like India has become a major competitor. We need to develop strategic partnerships," he said.Ram Ramesh, Professor, Management School, SUNY, Buffalo, said that research was vital in the information technology-enabled services (ITES) sector, which was taking up knowledge-intensive activities.

P. Venkat Rangan, Vice-Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Deemed University, welcomed the delegates.