An Orientation Workshop of Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) was organized at India International Centre, New Delhi By University Grants Commission on 11 June 2019. The event was attended by a team of six faculty members for various departments, namely Mr Lokesh Choudhary (CEE), Mr Pankaj Rakheja (ECE), Dr Suman Bhatia (CSE), Dr Pramod Bhatia (ME), Dr Shilpa Sindhu (SOM) and Ms Garima Lakhmani (SOL).
Sessions from Prof. VS Chauhan, Chairman, EC, NAAC, Prof. A Goswami, IIT Kharagpur, Dr N Saravanna Kumar, JS-IC, MHRD and Prof. PVM Rao, Department of Design, IIT Delhi instigated the audience about the need to introduce schemes like SPARC which aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s Higher Educational Institutions by facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian Institutions and the best institutions in the world.
It was followed by an overview on the objectives and funding process under SPARC scheme. The discussion included the Digital Initiatives taken up by the MHRD, Govt of India on the concept of AAAs which stands for Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere to improve the learning experience of students belonging to different parts of the country. The workshop concluded with a question answer session where the panel shared their opinions for the questions asked..