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An IQAC Initiative 

On Thursday, 11th march 2021, FDP on Academic Audit was organized at Sushant University to facilitate the learning just before the Audit Cycle scheduled to commence from April 19 onwards.

The FDP was conducted with an objective to ascertain bottlenecks and areas of improvement in the existing academic and administrative system & to assess the efficiency & effectiveness of administrative functions being performed by schools through audit of policies, documents and standard practices thus suggesting ways to improve quality through practicing good practices & continuous improvement procedures.

The same was conducted by the Chairperson of IQAAC, Prof. Dr. Garima Parkash and was attended by the deans of the respective school with the IQAT Teams, Program Directors & Coordinators of the school.

Dr. DNS Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Sushant University in his opening session explained the importance & need for conducting an Academic Audit. In his session he has given an overview of the academic audit process and briefed that every year IQAAC will conduct academic audits during the months of April and November.

Dr. Kumar reiterated the fact that this audit is to introspect the academic and administrative functions of the university, propose suggestions based on areas of improvement and monitor the implementation and adherence of the same & The Committee has the responsibility to collect and assess the following information, processes and outcomes.

Dr. Garima Parkash in her session explained the process of conduct of an Audit, the SOP’s and roles and responsibilities of Auditors, Deans of Schools and members involved in the process. Dr. Parkash also have shared the timelines for the academic audit and a copy of the audit card with the member details were circulated to the attendees in hard copy as well.

A detailed description of all Criteria’s, their respective activities and their weightages was presented and explained by Dr. Parkash & the marks obtained in the audit scorecard will reflect in the audit grade sheet based on which the academic performance of the school will be ascertained.

Next in the Agenda was a session by Dr. Latika Duhan on geo tagging of pictures for University/School events (Both Academic & Non Academic Events), which is also a requirement by the auditing bodies and agencies and is a proof of the conduct of an event.

The FDP was concluded with a Q & A Sessions wherein Deans, Program Directors & members of the faculty have raised their concerns and doubts. The Pictures, Attendance sheet and feedback forms are being collected and filed for audit purpose.

The Art of Review of Literature

Exactly the way in which a student is concerned about the evaluation of his* examination, especially the one for which he burnt the midnight oil, a research scholar is anxious and, at times, worried about the review of his research, which, unless subjected to an honest assessment, would not acquire any importance, neither gain any significance whatsoever. In both the cases, a neutral critique of their works, analyzing the things which go in favor or the ones that go against is absolutely necessary.

*This pronoun used in this article represents both the genders - masculine and feminine.

The Vatel Hotel and Tourism Business School, in collaboration with the Library resources of Sushant University conducted a unique one-day offline Faculty Development Programme on THE ART OF REVIEW OF LITERATURE on Saturday, February 20, 2021, in which, Dr. DNS Kumar, the vice chancellor of Sushant University, who has been an avid, enthusiastic and indeed a profound researcher, held in his previous portfolio the position of director research and professor of finance at the Christ University Bangalore.      

Dr. Kumar started his discourse by delving upon the tremendous significance that literature review has, which does not know any end. Citing live examples of how the basic subject matter and outlook of a researcher might undergo a change over the certain period of time, he eulogized upon the subtlety of mind which, with the progress of time, adapts itself to the environmental changes leading to a ‘modernity’ in traditions.

The need is to map the scope of research, which, in the true sense is unfathomable and should never be diluted neither be conducted in silos. A relevant study of the allied departments whether directly or indirectly connected with the principle matter of the subject, should be conducted upon in order to highlight the cross-functional issues, leading eventually to a holistic, all-inclusive and a well-integrated research.” 

Researchers and scientists in India and all over the world tabulate numerous facts and draw their own inferences and conclusions which have to be understood and capitalized upon as this would render their work elements of depth and profundity, which are the basic essentials of a comprehensive study.

Dr. Shailendra Kumar, professor and head, DLIS Delhi University as the second resource for the Faculty Development Programme, said that every research starts with a field survey, leading to indexing and abstracting journals. “Though quoting and referencing may be allowed to some extent, but in my opinion, the best way to create a work of literature or a research paper is by way of expressing your views, and, in your own language. Piracy and stealing of work from the other authors though might prove to be the easier ways of being prophetic about a work but the existence of a variety of high powered software to detect plagiarism should be borne in mind.” He said the relevancy in time and space should be respected as these stand to be the foremost elements considered by the evaluating teams.

He spoke about the Open Access data and the variety of digital contents freely available to people at large as the E Journals, E Books, the Google service for Academics, the National Digital Library of India, the open online learning tools and research data thus collected should be qualitative and informative. “Research is the search for new knowledge and it is thus distinct from the routine application of known results. The Re in the word Research is a misnomer for, when you perform research, your goal should be to add to human knowledge by discovering, inventing or creating what was previously unknown” he said while quoting a great author. Writing a research paper is a logical and highly thought about process In which the selection of a topic and the location of material and information lead to the evaluation of information after which the writing process begins while citing the resources.

Thinking is a very important part of any research and when one thinks continuously, something relevant and useful is definitely bound to come up.” He says in his opinion, the smaller the list of references given in a research paper the more value it would gain as then the research content has the scope of containing more of the views expressed by the researcher himself, in his own language. A clear view and a demarcation of what one is producing, whether it is a research article or merely a review article should be considered.

The use of correct, grammatically authenticated language in a research paper is of a paramount importance.

The communication of our thoughts by means of language, whether spoken or written, like every other object of mental exertion, constitutes a peculiar art, which, like other arts, cannot be acquired in any perfection but by long-continued practice. Some, indeed, there are, more highly gifted than others with a facility of expression, and are naturally endowed with the power of eloquence; but to none is it at all times an easy process to embody, in exact and appropriate language, the various trains of ideas that are passing through the mind, or to depict in their true colors and proportions, the diversified and nicer shades of feeling which accompany them. To those who are unpracticed in the art of composition, these difficulties present themselves in their most formidable aspect. 

However distinct may be our views, however vivid our conceptions, or however fervent be our emotions, we cannot but be often conscious that the phraseology we have at our command is inadequate to do them justice. We seek in vain the words we need, and strive ineffectually to devise forms of expression which shall faithfully portray our thoughts and sentiments. The appropriate terms, notwithstanding our utmost efforts, cannot be conjured up at will. They come not when we call; and we are driven to the employment of a set of words and phrases either too general or too limited, too strong or too feeble, which suit not the occasion, which hit not the mark we aim at; and the result of our prolonged exertion is a style at once labored and obscure, vapid and redundant, or vitiated by the still graver faults of affectation or ambiguity. 

The stronger the control over a language, the better will it be read, heard and accepted, he said. 

Dr. Neeraj Chaurasia, deputy librarian at the Central Library, IIT Delhi was the third presenter of the FDP who gave a presentation about a whole universe of information available in the soft form over the net, in which the publicly available data can be used for research work, amongst which the biggest being the National Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations. “Every information you are looking for is available on the net; all that one needs to do is to be aware of the relevant tools and their location and one would definitely hit upon a site that will satisfactorily answer all that a researcher is in need of. The data sources range from academic, finance, medical, health, crime, environment, business and all that one can think about.” The Directory of Open Access Journals, the Electronics Journals library, the Indian open journals, plus the ones introduced by the Government of India like Swayam, Swayamprabha, added with the World E-Book Library, South Asia Archives, Virtual Labs creates a whole treasure and an unfathomable repository of data and knwledge. Be that as it may, one has to organize the research material well before writing the concept structuring.

Dr Chaurasia was very articulate about sites like Mendeley, Zotero, Ideal Rover, Scrivener, Filemaker Pro, Omeka, Bookends, Evernote, sage Research, Citation Machine, Cross-Ref, Ref and Write, Annotate and several other citation databases which can be used to conduct all research.

He was equally eloquent about plagiarism. The English word “Plagiarism” has been derived from the Latin word “Plagiare” means  “to kidnap or to abduct”.

To plagiarize means stealing and passing off the ideas or words of another as one’s own. It is a literary theft and can be taken as fraud because it contains both elements i.e., stealing someone else’s work and lying about it afterwards.

The incorporation of someone else’s work into our own work, with or without their consent and presenting it as our own without full acknowledgement is termed as “PLAGIARISM”. It may be intentional or unintentional. It is one of the most severe violation of the Academic writing.

The copying of another’s ideas without giving credit to the actual owner of the idea is said to be plagiarism. Plagiarism in normal sense considered as unethical issue but not a CRIME.

It is therefore essential to use the sites I mentioned as ‘tools of help’ only to draw ideas, the expression and the communication of which must be done, however, in your own words.”

The Faculty Development Programme was consummated by Chef Saurav Chhabra giving the vote of thanks and the participants being awarded certificates of participation. A group photograph of all the participants and the resource persons was taken as a token of reminiscence for all.

An initiative of VHTBS for non teaching staff of Sushant University under Kaushal Sashaktikaran Prashikshan for staff who have the will (Kaushal) and need to be given opportunities of further empowering themselves with skills (Sashaktikaran) need to be given training inputs (Prakshikshan).

VHTBS, Sushant University, On Tuesday, January 07, 2020, organized a training programme for the attendants of its various schools and gave them inputs about how to conduct themselves with regard to dealing with the visitors, other departments and with the own. Through live demonstration by Food & beverage expert participants have gained the knowledge of basic skills related to guest handling and service of basic meals to guest and in the second session VHTBS has showcased the importance of workplace ethics and shared some tips to maintain the quality standard at workplace The programme was moderated by Ms. Anshu Rawal and Mr. Saif Anjum of the Vatel Hotel and Tourism Business School.

This is an eye-opener and we will do our best to apply today’s learning in our departments and even at home” said one of the attendants. The participants were duly awarded certificates for the same.


Efficient & Effective writing of Research Papers for Web of science & Scopus Indexed Journal

Research is a personal activity

Everybody conducts, personally or professionally, some research or the other all the time. Be it for buying a car, a laptop, a house, a pair of jeans, a new tennis racket, for following a course at a university, for a job and even to get into a matrimonial relationship.

Research is therefore inherent in all human beings and that is what makes us different from the other living species in the universe. Research is therefore not foreign to us – it has now become commonplace to use a search engine or explore the internet for further and a deeper information on any subject right from personal issues such as the likely effects of a drug to extremely complex issues like robotics or the space…

A research paper, like a personal essay, incites you to choose a topic in which you have a personal interest and is backed by one’s will to invest several hours thinking about it. It requires you to develop and refine your ideas in the process of gathering an array of relevant information, reading and analyzing the sources critically and making the applicable notes.

General inter-personal communication in the modern world lacks the ideal blend and balance of a content and its delivery. People being communicated to, as far as they get to come to terms with the basic gist of the content, appear to be satisfied with what they hear or read, and the communicators get away by conveying things in their own personal way.

The biggest apprehension of the author of a research paper hovers around the mysterious result, wondering about whether his work, in which he has put in incessant and relentless efforts, referred to several websites, consulted various journals, has gone everywhere on his research engine, would be published or not.

In order to dispel or, to reduce this worry of the researchers to a large extent, the Vatel Hotel and Tourism Business School & Library resource center,Sushant University in collaboration with Nexus global, invited Mr. Zeeshan Ahmed, heads the University Support and Training division at Typeset, a company which is into the business of helping researchers and giving them a handy and ready, on-line guidance, not only in adopting the easiest way of writing a research paper, but also to present in a format that gets accepted, appreciated and, finally, published.1200+ registered for the Webinar.

Mr. Ahmed said that a written word, whether it is a history paper, a field report or a field project, creates a public record of our knowledge, our opinions and with our skills in the knowledge. Hence, we must strive to make our writing accurate, forceful and honest.

“All this begins with discovering a well-focused topic and, more importantly, a reason for writing it begins the process. Choosing a format, exploring sources through critical reading, and then completing the writing task with grace and style are indeed daunting tasks. Despite this, writing is an outlet for the inquisitive and creative nature in each of us.

Our writing is affected by the richness of our language, by our background and experiences, by our targeted audience, and by the form of expression that we choose. One must definitely have a guide or, if possible, a co-author.

Talking about the programme Typeset, he enumerated the following features which help enormously in writing a research paper:

Perfect formatting – Formatting a research paper is like constructing a design, a body in which it is presented for submission which is an important tool in creating the first impression. It has to be a thoroughly thought-about and a well-reflected format. He said that there was a large variety of formats available at the Typeset.

There was also the facility of instantly re-formatting the document as per the need. Their software could set a document in any format and could also bring it back in its original form. It can put in the form of a plain document into a columned one or vice-versa. The theses or dissertations, however voluminous may they be, can also be formatted, re-formatted.

Keywords – The keywords used in the research paper have to be mentioned strategically so as to facilitate the understanding of the document.

Display of captions and diagrams – These can automatically be formatted in the end or strategically in the main body of the research paper. The software also allows a manual putting up of elements.

Images can be displayed at the best possible, easily readable and understandable positions.

Codes, tables and figures can be located strategically.

Plagiarism – the system automatically passes all the work through Turnitin an American internet based plagiarism detection device, which certifies the authenticity and the originality of the work

No security threat – as the work does not get into the hands of unauthorized people. Mr. Ahmed further endorsed by saying that even the banks are using their software and have had to face no risk of any kind.

All these features increase the chances of one’s research paper getting published.

Should one’s paper get rejected, one must not get dejected but go ahead to use a different template, a different formatting and a totally different layout…

The Typeset programme was available to individuals as well as to the universities but he recommended the use of it through a university as the domain helps in a much larger way.