UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH APTITUDE
AN INTERCOLLEGE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH COMPETITION
ECOLOGICAL CONSCIOUSNESS IN ANCIENT INDIA: LIFE THEN AND NOW
Research is seeing what everybody else has seen and thinking what nobody else has thought
- Albert Szent Gyorgyi
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margret Mead
Harithkram and Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems, under the aegis of the Internal Quality Assurance Cell of the college, are organizing an intercollege interdisciplinary research competition for students, the UnderGraduate Research Aptitude (UGRA) on the focal theme “Ecological Consciousness in Ancient India: Life Then and Now.”
Through the UnderGraduate Research Aptitude, we want to encourage interdisciplinary research collaborations between students and initiate them into a research ecosystem that is local and indigenous, nestled in the larger tradition of the Bharatiya Gyan Parampara (Indian Knowledge Systems). Learners from all disciplines and levels of undergraduate study are welcome to participate in teams of 3-4 students, guided by a faculty mentor of their institution.
The UnderGraduate Research Aptitude will be held in 5 phases in a hybrid mode. After the first round of inviting abstracts on topics related to the focal theme, the shortlisted teams will undergo 3 rounds of PowerPoint/poster presentations of their research progress over the next 6 months, at an interval of 1-2 months before the scientific committee of experts from various institutions and organizations. The scientific committee will give inputs and directions for further improvement of the proposed research work. The final research presentations of the shortlisted participants have been scheduled for Earth Day, i.e. April 22, 2024.