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RESEARCH ACTIVITIES AT CCT

At central campus of Technology, we carry out a wide range of researches, ranging from in-house researches, mini-grants to full-scale researches. Below is given a glimpse of the different types of researches carried out at CCT:

  1. In-house research: Carried out by faculties for developing/optimizing practical, trial researches for developing proposals.
  2. Mini-researches: Done using small grants obtained from University Grants Commission (UGC), Nepal Academy Science and Technology (NAST), Tribhuvan University (Dean’s Office)
  1. Medium-scale researches: Done using Research grants from other organizations, such as SEAMN, SIRF, NEFIN, Municipalities, etc.
  2. B. Tech. Dissertations: Around 24 dissertations per year.
  3. M. Tech. Thesis: Around 12 theses per year
  4. PhD Thesis: Two researches have been completed and two researches are in progress in Food Technology.

There is no denying that research is the cornerstone of scientific progress. However, if we fail to contextualize and communicate/publish our scientific accomplishment within the larger body of research, the pursuit for this progress will be stalled. To get outputs worthy of publication, however, it is essential that research be carried out in a systematic manner, for scientific research supposedly operates in a very methodical, precise and controlled way. Realizing these facts, Central Campus of Technology publishes an international journal named “Himalayan Journal of Science & Technology” annually. The Journal covers research articles on various aspects of science and technology.

Faculty Research Grants (FRG):

In addition to the publication of the annual journal, Central Campus of Technology has provisioned Faculty Research Grants (FRG), effective from 2017, to develop research culture and hone the research capability in faculty members. The total grant amount is NRs 300,000, where each research grant is NRs 50,000.The need to develop precise, concise, well-articulated grant applications has become more important than ever in the past few years. The increase in specific requirements for proposals and the greater scrutiny they receive have made proposal writing more demanding. To this end, Central Campus of Technology considers it essential that research proposals submitted for Faculty Research Grants confirm to the prescribed FRG format.

The detailed guidelines of FRG for application and report writing/submission are as follows:

Eligibility

We welcome interdisciplinary proposals as we recognize that many of the most pressing research challenges are interdisciplinary in nature. Lecturers and Teaching Assistants of Central Campus of Technology are eligible for the application. The principal researcher, however, should be either a permanent-or a contract faculty member. The principal researcher should also depute students (in their thesis/dissertation semester/year) in the research. The principal researcher will be responsible for the proposal writing, correspondence with the Research Committee, report writing, and presentation. Applicants conducting research from outside funding are not considered eligible for this FRG.

 Area of research:

The grant accepts research proposals on topics in Basic sciences (BS), Applied Sciences (AS), and Science and Technology (ST).

Duration of the research:

 The total duration of the research will be 9 months from the date of award of the grant.

 Call for proposal:

 Proposals can be submitted throughout the year. Each year, however, only the proposals submitted before July 15 will be considered for the Faculty Research Grants (FRG).

Award of grants:

 The proposals will undergo rigorous screening and peer reviewing (July 16 to September 30) before being finally approved. The evaluation method is given in Appendix E. Proponents selected for the grants will be notified (first week of October) and called for presentation (second week of October). Grants for the successful proposals will be awarded on October 15.The grants will be released in phases, which presently stand at 50,30 and 20% (according to FRG format). The initial 50% will be released at the start of the project and the remaining 30% and 20% will be released on submission of mid-term progress report and the final report, respectively. Income tax at the rate of 15% of the total approved budget will be deducted while releasing the fund. Submission of report FRG requires submission of a mid-term progress report and the final report. The sequence of submission of the reports is as follows: Mid-term report®Acceptance of the report ®Release of the fund (30%) ®Draft of final report ®Presentation/Defense ®Approval ®Submission of the final report (3 copies + electronic version) ®Release of the fund (the remaining 20%).

Format of the research proposal:

 Candidates are requested to read the requirements and submission conditions of the call carefully. The guideline given here is by no means comprehensive enough to be applicable in all situations. To an extent, the format given below indicates the significant aspects which may be similar to writing any type of research proposal. Clear statements of the intended objectives of the study, the procedural approaches to be adopted, time schedules for the work and the estimate of expenses would greatly help in the preparation, proper evaluation, and the final approval of the proposal. The outline of FRG proposal is as follows:

  1. Identification page the project identification page gives a first overview of your project. It serves to categorize and catalogue the proposal, to define the attribution to a specific department or section, to guide the selection of possible reviewers and to clarify communication structures. The page includes:
  2. Title: The title should be concise and succinct, clearly and appropriately reflecting the nature and scope of the proposed study. The general rule for writing title is “as general as permissible, as specific as required”.
  3. Proponents’ names
  4. Area/Discipline/Department
  5. Fund requested
  6. Date of application
  7. Proposal body: The proposal has to convince the reviewers and the donor(s) that the work is original, new and relevant, the methods are appropriate, feasible, and the applicant and the team members are capable of conducting the activities and administering the project. The proposal body, thus, includes:
  8. Background / Introduction: This is a mini literature review. It provides a brief background to establish context, relevance, nature of the problem, question, and purpose. The elements included are:
  9. Statement of the problem: Statement of the problem (also termed “research problem”) implies description of the “gap” to be filled (area of conflict, concern, unanswered questions and controversies) or a new area to be explored. This section should include:
  10. A clear statement that the problem exists.
  11. Evidence that supports the existence of the problem.

iii. Evidence of an existing trend that has led to the problem.

  1. Probable causes related to the problem.
  2. A specific and feasible statement.
  3. Goal(s) and objectives: Goal (also written “research question”) is the aim or the general objective of the work. Objectives (also written “specific objectives”or “research objectives”) define strategies or implementation steps to attain the identified goals. Unlike goals, objectives are specific, measurable, testable (hypothesis), and have a defined completion date. They are more specific and outline the “who, what, when, where, and how” of reaching the goals. Within the felt needs of the study, the (specific) objectives for undertaking the project should be spelled out clearly.
  4. Significance of the work: Significance (also termed “rationale”), is crucial because it is one place in which the researcher tries to convince the funding agency that the research is worth doing. The term thus boils down to “expected outputs” or contextual “implications” of the study.
  5. Limitations and delimitations: Limitations are the potential shortcomings, conditions or influences that the researcher cannot control. Limitations may place restrictions on your methodology and conclusions. Delimitations address how a study will be confined in a particular area.

Institutional Research Grants:

To strengthen research culture in its faculty members, Central Campus of Technology has also provisioned Institutional Research Grant (IRG), effective from 2018.The total grant amount is NRs 100,000. The need to develop precise, concise, well-articulated grant applications has become more important than ever in the past few years. The increase in specific requirements for proposals and the greater scrutiny they receive have made proposal writing more demanding. To this end, Central Campus of Technology considers it essential that research proposals submitted for Institutional Research Grant confirm to the prescribed IRG format. The detailed guidelines of IRG for application and report writing/submission are as follows:

Eligibility

We welcome interdisciplinary proposals as we recognize that many of the most pressing research challenges are interdisciplinary in nature. Teachers working at Central Campus of Technology are eligible to apply for the IRG. The principal investigator (PI) however, should be either a permanent – or a contract faculty member. The PI should also depute students (in their thesis/dissertation semester/year) in the research. The PI will be responsible for the proposal writing, correspondence with the Institutional Research Committee, report writing, and presentation. Faculty members currently holding grants from other funding agencies are not eligible for this IRG.

Objectives

Objectives of institutional research grant are:

  1. To promote academic achievement of faculty members of CCT through innovative research activities.
  2. To support research projects on issues of local food, environmental, biodiversity and health.
  3. To enhance student’s interest and research culture by involving them in these research projects.
  4. To train graduate and postgraduate students by their involvement in these research projects.
  5. To promote research culture, collaboration between institutions, responsible conduct of research and academic excellence in CCT.
  6. To promote utilization of local resources and environment for upliftment and development of local people.

The outline of IRG proposal is to some extent similar to the FRG.

RESEARCH MANAGGEMENT CELL (RMC)

In order to manage and update different research activities going on at CCT, the campus has recently established a unit called Research Management Cell (RMC). The operational modality of the unit is yet to be decided. The cell should typically prepare database of all the researches carried out at CCT (including theses and dissertations), administer application for research projects and grants, and publish journals, newsletters, and so on.  

Research Committee of Central Department of Food Technology