Primary responsibility of University as the center of higher learning and research is to fuel the creative, innovative and transformational augmentation of the nation and the youths. Ideally the corporate sector should trace their roots to the university laboratories and their output in terms of scholarly publications, patents and technology transfers. There is international consensus that the Universities have a greater role to play in conducting research as they are regarded as ‘Engines of Economic Growth’. This has also been supported by the evidence of local economic impacts from university research in variety of forms right from the simplest theoretical formulations to scholarly research outputs in terms of patents, and publications. In this context, Shivaji University has planned to spearhead in the research arena by taking up concrete action plan centered on the thematic goal of building passionate research community and integrating the same with teaching learning activities. Shivaji University, Kolhapur has established itself as a key player in research in pure and applied science and engineering. Our world renowned research in the areas such as Materials Science, Biodiversity and Bioprospecting of Western Ghats, Biotechnology, Environmental Science, Nanoscience and Nanotechnology as well as Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts benefits from the unique international collaborations and MoUs with reputed overseas institutes of higher learning. Just couple of years back, we moved through 50th anniversary, charting a course for significant make over so as to set a new model of Higher Education and Research based on innovation that compels us to be ever more pertinent, connected, prolific, productive and more responsive for every decision and action to be promptly oriented. I feel proud about the recent achievements that includes ‘A’ accreditation by NAAC, Bangalore and the MHRD, NIRF ranking which ranks us at 28th position in India and first amongst the non-agricultural Universities in Maharashtra.
At Shivaji University, Kolhapur, our faculty members and researchers strive hard to find solutions to scientific and societal issues. We are looking beyond the boundaries of our scientific disciplines and seek collaborations with proficient partners like the one identified but not limited to through this document. Furthermore, the present document portrays our motto ‘Where Knowledge is Nectar’, along with our research capabilities. In the present booklet we, as well have showcased our expertise and endeavors on areas of research where we have experience and a well-documented track record. This focus will definitely help in contributing the common bilateral policy development, improving our mutual strength and deliver tangible outcomes which will be of immense significance for societal benefits.
Professor Devanand B. Shinde