MCET aims to promote research excellence and serving the society by offering dynamic higher education ecosystem with a focus on research, innovation, and technology development which can address the societal concerns facing our nation. MCET establishes an open forum to promote academic achievement and engage in intellectual research for both faculty members and students. R & I activities take place in order to enhance knowledge that paves the way for new research & advancement, and to have industrial collaboration.
The Research and Development cell is coordinating research and innovation activities of the institution, guided by the Research Advisory Committee which is directed by the Dean of Research &Innovation and headed by the Principal. The RDC is responsible to formulate various processes, procedures, and methodologies for research and innovation activities along with R & I coordinators from various departments.
Research Promotion Policy:
- Ph.D. holders working in MCET should have supervisor recognition from the university. Faculty members holding Ph.D. can submit a request letter for supervisor recognition to the Principal through HoD concern and Dean R&I.
- A Ph.D. supervisor working in MCET before inducting Full/Part-time Ph.D. candidates must get the approval from Principal through HoD concern and Dean R&I.
- Faculty members working in MCET, after 1 year of service in MCET should register for Ph.D.
- External candidates applying for Ph.D. in MCET should have a minimum of one year of teaching experience.
- Faculty members working in MCET are encouraged to do full-time Ph.D. in centrally funded institutions (like IITs, NITs) and top NIRF-ranked institutions. For those candidates, partial financial assistance and leave will be provided.
- The faculty members after one year of minimum service in MCET can be recommended by the HoDs concerned to do a Ph.D. without affecting the regular Teaching-Learning process. In addition to that HoDs concern should make sure the required support to take up course works and conduct research is provided to the candidates.
- External and internal candidates satisfying the above-mentioned criteria should submit the filled-in request form available in the Dean R&I to the principal of MCET. The candidates should make a request to the Principal through HoD concern, Ph.D. supervisor, and Dean R&I for getting a No objection certificate.
- Faculty members newly joined in MCET, with already ongoing Ph.D. registration should submit a request for a No objection certificate along with evidence of Ph.D. registration and DC meeting minutes to the Principal through HoD and Dean R&I.
- In case there is a cancellation/re-registration, proper approval shall be obtained from the Principal through HoD concern and Dean R&I.
- Ph.D. scholars should submit a progress report every semester in the prescribed format to the Dean R&I, duly forwarded by Ph.D. supervisor and HoDs concern.
- After the successful completion of Ph.D. viva-voce, the scholars should submit the Ph.D. thesis to the central library through the Dean R&I office.
- All the faculty members are encouraged to conduct research in emerging areas as well as interdisciplinary areas.
- Faculty with Ph.D. should publish three articles in SCIE/Scopus publications per year, faculty working towards Ph.D. should publish two articles in SCIE/Scopus/WoS publications per year, and faculty with master’s degrees should publish at least one Scopus-indexed papers per year.
- The UG and PG projects are primarily focused on research and that should be published either in the SCIE/Scopus/UGC care journals or Scopus-indexed conferences.
- Faculty research articles that are indexed by Scopus and Web of Science (SCIE) are awarded with monetary incentives.
- Faculty members attending reputable conferences and workshops will receive financial support.
External Funded projects/In-house R & D
- The institution provides SEED money for internal projects that encourage initial research-related activities for all potential faculty members and students.
- In-house Funding Scheme is provided in order to promote research and innovation among the faculty members and students in the campus. The objective of the scheme is to accelerate the prospect to receive financial support from Government/Non-Governmental Agencies in the future.
- Under this scheme all UG/PG students and faculty members shall apply for the funding with an idea and neat description of their work. After scrutinizing the proposal, financial support will be provided.
- A copy of proposals complete in all aspects is to be submitted through the proper channel to the office of Dean of Research & Innovation.
- Preference will be given to proposals that have a high potential for external funding and to strengthen inter-disciplinary research partnerships.
- Faculty members of MCET can approach industries to carry out consultancy and testing services to industry and external agencies.
- Institute will provide necessary support such as required space, facilities, and reduced workload to the faculty members.
- Revenue generated from consultancy will be shared as per the below table.
Ethics and Plagiarism
- Approval of research projects that involve human participants or personal information.
- Provide suggestions and advice on any research-related ethical concerns.
- Ensure that the Institution complies with all statutory and regulatory requirements regarding its adherence to ethical, legal, and professional commitments and standards.
- To provide guidance to the Principal on concerns pertaining to integrity in research and ethical issues.
- Regular RDC initiatives will make sure that researchers are aware of the value of integrity and ethics and that they adhere to ethical standards for research and publication methods at the institutional, national, and international levels.
- All researchers should have access to the necessary tools in order to do a standard plagiarism check, which should be made mandatory.
- Faculty members shall utilize research software tools such as Turnitin, Urkund for similarity checking of research articles/student project reports.
- Furthermore, the RDC will educate the research community about questionable research and publishing procedures, as well as predatory journals.
- Research articles and grant proposals shall have 10% similarity or publisher/Grant agency similarity limit (whichever is minimum).
- In UG and PG project reports, minimum allowable similarity is 15% and 20% respectively using Turnitin software.
- In case of any faculty member/scholars/students who have committed the act of plagiarism in their thesis/project report/journal publication/grant proposal/any other research writing, appropriate action will be taken against them as per the guidelines of the University/UGC/Publisher/Funding Agency/any other competing authority.
- RDC has IPR wing to create awareness about technology commercialization and Patenting among students and faculty members and also provide support for IPR filing in Indian Patent Office.
- MCET- IPR Cell has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with National Research Development Corporation (NRDC).
- Potential inventions from faculty members and UG and PG projects having novelty, inventive step and industrial applicability can be patented by submitting the details to Indian Patent Office.
- The following services are provided by RDC-IPR wing to faculty and students:<.li>
- Knowledge support for the conversion of innovative ideas and projects into patents.
- Funding support for patent search and patent draft through external vendors.
- Funding support for patent filing in Indian Patent Office.
- Guidance and funding support for technology transfer and commercialization of innovative technologies.
- Support for patent renewal, response for examination report, and legal dispute if any.
- The Objectives of the IPR wing of RDC are as follows:
- Organizing workshop/guest lecture on technology commercialization and patenting.
- To set targets to stream-wise and conduct periodical review meetings.
- Helping the identified projects to get technology Commercialization and Patenting
- Motivating faculty members to file copyright for their teaching materials, lab manuals, etc.
- The Monitoring policy of the IPR wing of RDC is as follows:
- Impact assessment of the Institute’s IPR initiatives should be performed regularly using well-defined evaluation parameters such as the number of workshops, conferences conducted, and IPR policy / review committee meetings both at department and institute levels.
- Number of patents filed, published, granted, support system provided at the institutional level and satisfaction of inventors, and new commercialization created by the institute should be recorded.
- Patent granted as the inventor of MCET faculty members are appreciated with monetary incentives.