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The research output at the university has seen a significant rise in the past few years. The number of doctoral research scholars has seen a 53% increase in three years from fifty-one in 2011 to seventy-eight in 2014. Research Scholars represent almost 8% of the current student population at SSSIHL, a figure far above the national average. New research collaborations in the Sciences between the university and external institutions like the FDA (USA), as well as collaborations on multiple research projects with the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS) are testimonial to the rise in the quality of research at the university.
Grants for ongoing research projects across departments total upwards of ₹956 lakhs, of which ₹447 lakhs is from projects sanctioned in 2013/14.

Benefit to Society

In line with the vision of the Revered Founder Chancellor, all research at SSSIHL ultimately leads to societal benefit. Thus, the topics for doctoral research across all departments are chosen with great diligence. This extends to the research projects chosen by researchers in each department, so that all the research done leads to translational research or directed basic research.

Interdisciplinary Approach

The university has taken many steps in the past few years in bringing the various disciplines at the university and SSSIHMS together to discuss issues from various perspectives and identify projects that will benefit society. This has led to interdisciplinary collaborations of SSSIHL with SSSIHMS and external agencies in areas such as the rapid detection of endemic diseases, diabetic retinopathy, development of a cost effective multi-modal microscope, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, etc.
In order to foster this ambience for interdisciplinary research, an Interdisciplinary Science Colloquium has been initiated to provide an opportunity for Doctoral Research Scholars and the Teaching Faculty across all departments to share their research experiences with fellow researchers. A variety of topics have been shared and discussed in these weekly Interdisciplinary Science Colloquiums. For a full list of all the Science Colloquium sessions for the Academic Year 2013/14, click here.

In the field of science today, there is great emphasis on research and discovery. But unless the results of research are applied in practice, it will be an expensive futility. If all the time is spent on research, when is it to find useful application in practice? Nor is there any sense of discrimination in the promotion of research.

Sri Sathya Sai Baba
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