Shoolini University is located in the lap of one of the biggest ecological and biodiversity hotspots of the world – The Himalayas. Our research-driven philosophy drives every researcher in the University to focus and identify issues related to the Himalayas.
Center of Research on Himalayan Sustainability and Development (CRHSD): With this center set up on December 15, 2015, inaugurated by the Noble Laureate, Prof Robert Huber, we have been active partners of Himalayan University Consortium, ICIMOD and Integrated Mountain Initiative. CRHSD is the nodal office of IMI-Himachal Chapter led by Director of CRHSD, Prof Adesh K Saini.
Our mission is to make a significant and measurable impact on the Biodiversity, Environment and Socio-Economic Development of the Himalayan Region through Research & Practices and the Vision is “To make people of Indian Himalayan Region aware of the advantages of Sustainable Development”. CRHSD gets an annual grant of Rs. 15 lakhs. Call for proposal was made to all the faculty members. Two projects were selected on following themes
One of the goal of CRHSD is to cover the Biodiversity Conservation by
Secondly, we also focus on Sustainable Utilization of Resources by understanding various aspects of
Thirdly we are covering Health and Well-being by understanding
Next we are focussing on Socio-Economic Development by gaining insights into
Lastly, we want to focus on Disaster mitigation and Management which a critical issue in sustainable development. Under this, we have received a Grant from NMHS of MoEF&CC – Rs. 43 lakhs to understand loss of microbial biodiversity due to Forest Fire. And another grant from same agency of Rs 47 lakh for understanding the ecology of Taxus plant.
For better functionality the research center is further nurturing various themes in its different sub-centers namely –
Research Center in Nanotechnology - Established by Shoolini University to promote interdisciplinary research among different faculties in 2012. Formally inaugurated by Hon’ble Justice Swatanter Kumar, Chairperson, National Green Tribunal on 31st January, 2016. The mission of the center is to work for the development of nanomaterials for improving the life of people in the Himalayan region with special relevance to water purification, materials synthesis for applications in defense, biomedical and communication engineering.
Research Center in Omics - Harnessing and bioprospecting of Himalayan Biodiversity including a. Microbiota (Bacteria / Fungi / viruses), b. Macrobiota (Medicinal plants) The vision is - Bioprospecting of Himalayan Biodiversity by Omics approach. The center is involved in Quality research: on issues associated with the origins and maintenance of biodiversity, Educate to Protect: To provide the information needed to better manage biodiversity with the goal of minimizing the loss of populations and species, Collect and Index: Develop inventory of biodiversity through DNA bar coding as a tool for identification and species discovery, Leadership: Globalize Himalayan biodiversity through national / international collaborations. The thrust area for the center are to utilize omiccs – proteomics, genomics and metobolomics for understanding and sustainable utilization of biodiversity for drug discovery for cancer and pathogens.
Research Center in Renewable Energy - It is established to serve as a leading Research center, knowledge hub in renewable energy and meeting point for experts by encouraging the cooperation and collaboration in the research, innovation and technological development of Renewable Energy with special relevance to Himalayan Region. The center is involved in “Development of Green Campus” sanctioned by MNRE, Govt. of India.
Research Centre in Automobile Engineering - It is established with a vision to become a center of excellence in teaching and research for working of all the parts of the internal combustion engine and automobiles. We have set objectives –
Research Center in Yoga - Center was formally inaugurated on June 21st, 2016 (International Yoga Day) by Swami Krishnananda Giri, Yogoda Satsang Society of India, Ranchi. The main function of the center is to confluence of ancient Indian philosophy and Spirituality with modern academic programs, awakening inner (Soul) power & understanding the meaning of Human existence, encourage human and social values among young generation leading to social care. We also intend to disseminate yoga and its applications as solutions to control major social challenges of the World and promote yoga and meditation as an indigenous technique for the treatment of various irrepressible diseases.
Research Center in Disaster Management – It has a goal for making our surroundings disaster resilient and to develop educational materials for disaster management including academic and professional courses.
Research Center in Data Analytics – The center is the platform in which all (multidisciplinary) data related to science research and education is coordinated. It aims to provide students and researchers the opportunity to unlock insights hidden in Big data sets and assists society and businesses with translating these insights into action to solve complicated problems.