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For years, the University of Mumbai has lagged in participation from students in terms of research and publications, but this year was different. The university has emerged as a winner in the annual research festival, Avishkar, in which 19 universities took part. Data shows that the numbers of entries this year for the state-level competition has gone up threefold compared to last year. Last year, there were 250 projects, but this year, the numbers have gone up to 700.
The Mumbai University selected 44 entries from the total of more than 700 that they received. The festival, which is conducted for candidates in four categories, including undergraduate, post-graduate, Ph.D's and teachers pursuing Ph.D's, saw huge participation this year, claimed the director, Board of College and University Development (BCUD), Rajpal Hande. He added, “This year, a lot of networking was done. The student’s welfare department got in touch with all the colleges and the numbers were quite encouraging. The university can boast of a good number of research projects as well. According to Mrudul Nile, director of Students Welfare, the numbers of entries have gone up tremendously. For streams like engineering, we always had single-digit entries, but this year, we got around 55 projects in engineering, which was a remarkable growth. Even commerce faculty saw around 150 entries from the entire jurisdiction of the university. Research work is gaining momentum. Over 100 projects were qualified to go to the next level. Pune University was in close quarters for the championship but stood second. While Mumbai University won a five gold and six silver medals, Pune University won five gold and three silver medals in the inter-state research contest. Among the winners was the project of a Ph.D student from NSS College, Tardeo, which highlighted the feminist approach to book 4 on the “Harry Potter” series and its relation to gender sensitization. Manisha Kande from College of Social Work Nirmala Niketan won gold for her research on a study of implementation of a government project in Jawahar taluka.
Courtesy: Times of India
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