Research at SBV
Onus on research: SBV’s perspective for the future:
Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth fosters research activities at all levels including UG, PG, Ph.D., besides encouraging its faculty members and scientists to foster research activities through intramural and extramural research grants.
Ever since Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth was accorded Deemed University status in the year 2008, it has been spearheading efforts to initiate and sustain several need and value based research endeavours in the faculty of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences. Keeping in view the impetus of Research in the portals of a Deemed University, SBV has in place a Deanery of Research exclusively catering to and nurturing research endeavours. The presence of the State-of-the-art Central inter-disciplinary Research facility (CIDRF) renders justification to the endeavours, besides aiding in the research outputs emerging from the individual departments at the constituent colleges. CIDRF is a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation that is recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Govt. of India.
Facilitating research even at the UG level has been taken up by SBV as a committed mission, for it has realized that Research is an inherent component that acts as the nexus between academics and patient care. The impressive list of student researchers who have carried out research projects under the aegis of ICMR, New Delhi bears ample testimony.
Student research activities: early exposure to evidence based research:
ICMR, New Delhi has been spearheading UG student research since nearly four decades. Based on the several thousands of applications received at ICMR headquarters every year, ICMR selects a few hundreds of UG student Research proposals purely based on merit, concept novelty, feasibility and expected outcome. SBV is proud to state that hitherto one hundred and eighty eight young (UG) research aspirants have received the approbation of the apex council for medical research, viz., ICMR, by bagging the prestigious short term studentship. It is to be noted that nearly thirty research publications in peer reviewed and indexed (national, international) have manifested out of the research work based on ICMR-STS projects.
BREAK-UP OF ICMR –STS PROJECTS FROM SRI BALAJI VIDYAPEETH
GRAND TOTAL = 219* (Since Year 2009)
*ICMR stopped granting research studentship countrywide to UG students of Dentistry from Year 2016-2019
**Includes 24 Project reports submitted to ICMR, New Delhi and the results awaited
PG Research activities- more than the mandated requirement:
As partial fulfillment towards the requirements for the award of the degrees of M.Sc. in Medical Faculty, Nursing and Allied Health Sciences; M.D.S; M.D; M.S. and the super specialty courses, viz., D.M. and M.Ch. Dissertation is regarded mandatory. However, SBV has set a high benchmark by encouraging the PG students to make presentations at national and international conferences, besides stipulating the rule that submission of a minimum of one manuscript (based on Dissertation topic) is a pre-requisite for appearing at the Final examinations.
- Phil. and Ph.D. Research activities:
Taking cue from the fact that Deemed Universities are vested with the powers to exercise academic flexibility in promoting value additions in research programmes, SBV has embarked on three unique areas ( Health Professions Education, Music Therapy and Yoga Therapy) and one time-tested subject area (inter-disciplinary) in the frontiers of research disciplines to promote Ph.D. programmes. Besides, conventional disciplines of research are also in place that include subject areas in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Allied Health Sciences and School of Pharmacy.
Motivate student and faculty research—Our mantra :
Motivating the research deeds of the teachers and the taught would ever remain our impetus. SBV conducts the annual research days, wherein the research temper and contributions of the faculty and students alike would have to undergo the acid test. Those who emerge victorious through poster and podium presentations are feted at an impressive function. ICMR-STS recipients and their Faculty Guides get felicitated at the Research days, upon successful completion of the ICMR-STS research projects and the acceptance of the project reports by the apex council. It is also added that during SBV Research days, students from other colleges attached to health sciences are also featured that confer a well rounded research ambience.
SBV has two in house publications, namely SBV Annals (ISSN 2395 – 1982) and SBV Journal of Basic Clinical and Applied Health Science (ISSN 2581-6039). These journals are in addition to the Journals that emerge from the constituent colleges, namely Journal of Scientific Dentistry (P ISSN No : 2277 – 7687 ) (e-ISSN 2278 – 3865) from Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Sciences and Pondicherry journal of Nursing (ISSN 2279-0144) from Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College
The Facts and Figures: Ample testimony to our research endeavours
SBV has been making steady contributions to the scientific community through publications, copyrights and patents. The following facts and figures (as in September 2021) bear ample testimony to these endeavours and are enumerated below to portray a glimpse.
The total number of publications as of September 2021 as updated by the Researgence programme was 5519 for all constituent colleges of SBV. Scopus indexed publications were 2007, WOS 1299, PubMed 1371, UGC 2473 and Google Scholar 4559. The number of indexed publications was 78% and 28% were published in International journals. The highest number of citations achieved in Scopus was 344. Total citations in Scopus were 7992 and for WOS it was 4578. The impact factor was ranging between 0.15 and 79.32. The h-index for SBV in Scopus and WOS were 33 and 29 respectively.