* Jury members suggested the winner-student to go for patent
Jalandhar: Three research students of Lovely Professional University have brought laurels to the University as they won the National Student Research Convention ‘Anveshan 2013’ award at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. National Student Research Convention is considered to be the biggest platform to represent research paper/project by any student and is organised annually by Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The Jury which consisted of reputed scientists from top organisations and institutions like Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education and IITs judged 75 shortlisted participants from five zones. In the judgment Navjot Kaur Khaira, who is M Tech II year student, bagged second prize for her paper on“High reliability Micro Electro Mechanical Switches (MEMS) for Radio Frequency applications.” She was also given a cash prize of Rs 20,000. Kunal Adhikari (B Sc Agriculture, I yr) and Renuka (M Pharma, II yr) were applauded for their remarkable national participation through posters and power point presentations in the categories of Agriculture and Health Sciences.
Lauding the accomplishment of the students, LPU Pro Chancellor Ms Rashmi Mittal highlighted: “These three students have noticeable research sparks in them for the innovative research for the ultimate benefit of society. One of them is mere a student of first year at under graduation level.” She further informed: “Pulsing that the onus of innovations lies largely on higher education system, our university has endeavoured to make studies research oriented so that students may be able to reveal their inner brilliance. In this context, University has separate Research and Development division, which keeps on supporting and guiding the students towards opening new frontiers of knowledge.” She also added that to encourage students, University has also announced cash prize of Rs 30,000 for them.”
On contacting the research propagator Navjot Kaur Khaira, she thanked her advisors at the university and her parents for support to participate in the competition: “I wanted to be a teacher but the creative and research oriented studies at LPU has really awakened a researcher in me. I am thankful to my department which has opened new doors of innovative opportunities for me.” Explaining about her research work she informed that it is based on simple and new technology: “I am happy to share that eminent Jury members approached me and guided me to have patent for it as it is of immense utility.”