Celebrations mark Shoolini Innovation Day
Solan June 13 The research-focussed Shoolini University, which has attained top rankings from leading ranking agencies in the recent past, celebrated Innovation Day to commemorate the glorious journey of 12 years of research and innovation. Shoolini University has been placed among the top 200 universities in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, QS worldwide rank in the 801-1000 band, and NIRF ranking of 89, among other things. On this occasion, Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe, AICTE New Delhi chairman, was the chief guest; Justice Rajeev Sharma, former Judge, Punjab and Haryana High Court, was the guest of honour while Manish Anand, CEO, Divyasampark, Technology Innovation Hub at IIT, Roorkee, and Romy Malhotra, Pioneer in Dell and DXC technology were the distinguished guests. In his introductory remarks, Prof Atul Khosla, Shoolini University Vice Chancellor apprised the audience of the genesis of the program and highlighted the achievements of Shoolini University in research and innovation. Students gave talks under ‘Ideas that Matter’ on themes aligned with sustainable development goals (SDGs). Chief guest Prof Anil D Sahasrabudhe acknowledged Shoolini University's achievements in research and innovation and hailed the university’s inclusion among the top 200 global universities in the recent THE Impact Rankings. He stated that the presentations under ‘Ideas that Matter’ were high-quality research presentations and added that he could see potential Nobel laureates in the gathering. Chancellor and Founder Prof PK Khosla shared his vision of research and innovation and his journey to becoming a model of success to achieve taller heights within a short span of 12 years. He called his achievements a “divine drama for the cause of social development”. Prof Sahasrabudhe also inaugurated the Patent Wall, which depicted the journey of Shoolini University's 1000+ patents. Prof Kamal Dev, Director, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Cell, Shoolini University, explained the journey of IPR at the university. The unique patent wall displays over 1000+ patents in the form of QR codes and innovative photographs in the areas of cancer, drug discovery, water, energy, food and crazy ideas. Prof Kamal Dev also discussed the research being undertaken in cancer and at the food testing laboratory. Justice Rajeev Sharma inaugurated the Raman Lab, which was built to conduct high-quality research in the area of agriculture. The Raman Lab has been funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. He also inaugurated the scientific posters prepared on cutting-edge research at Shoolini University. He said Shoolini University was growing by leaps and bounds and will play a key role in solving emerging issues in society. Prof Saurabh Kulshreshtha, Dean Research and Development at Shoolini University, shared details about the scientific posters and other research activities of the university. Romy Malhotra, a pioneer in Dell and DXC technology, talked about key features of innovation and motivated students to conduct high-quality research and innovation. The programme was attended by students, faculty members, deans and directors, and senior management of the university. Another event on the Innovation Day was the setting up of the iHUB Shoolini, supported by iHUB DivyaSampark, Technology Innovation Hub, a joint initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and IIT Roorkee centre, which was inaugurated by Manish Anand. In yet another event, Shoolini University and its sister concern, Shoolini Institute of Life Sciences and Business Management (SILB), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote research among undergraduate and postgraduate students.