A 21st Century University is known by its standard of academic research practices. Keeping the track with the changing pedagogical and professional requirements, Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya has set off a handful of new initiatives to uplift the environment of research and academics .The University has already started working on its Vision Document by incorporating the valuable recommendations and suggestions from the experts of diverse sectors from different parts of the country. We believe it will be a strong guiding force to fix us a path of progress of this emerging institution.
The Department of Sankaradeva Studies is an innovative academic department which is designed to produce quality research works related to the life, works, contributions and ideology of Saint Sankaradeva. The department encourages interdisciplinary research works on Sankaradeva with an aim to establish the Saint and his contributions in the global academic scenario. A total number of 8 scholars have been awarded their doctoral degrees under this department. These research works deal with diverse areas on the works and contributions of the saint. This is the one and only department in the region which is solely designed for exclusive research works in diverse areas like religious philosophy, ethics, language, literature, performing arts, visual arts, hagiography related to Sankardeva and his times.The department also carries out other academic activities like seminar,conference, exhibition, talk ,special lecture etc.
To carry out its mission of quality research work, the University has already launched a Centre for North East Studies which is solely dedicated to scholastic and research based works on unexplored aspects of this crucial geo-political region of the world .It has been resolved that this University would try its best to highlight North East as its focal academic area and the centre is one of those attempts to turn the vision into a reality .The Centre aims to initiate authentic research on the cultural diversity ,unique traditions, traditional knowledge system and socio-political happenings of the regions in the form of academic symposia ,seminars ,publications ,workshops ,field studies to name a few .A digital museum cum archive of the distinctive cultural treasures of the region have been designed and developed by the University which would soon be open for public use .Secondly ,the University has already resolved to put foremost focus on research and publication .As an effort under this objective ,the first print version of the University Journal was released on 1st January ,2021 .The process for application of the journal to be included under the UGC Care List has also been processed .A total number of 34 occasional papers by the faculty members of the University on diverse subjects was also released on the same day .It has been decided that the University would publish all the submitted theses under the Department of Sankardeva Studies in the next foundation day and this practice would gradually be extended to the other departments as well. Thursday Seminar is also another academic exercise under which faculty members of each and every department present electronic presentations on their area of scholastic interest on every Thursday .MOUs have been signed with reputed academic institutions like Anandaram Barooah institute of Language and Culture, Batadrwa Srimanta Sankardeva Research Institute, Assam Startup, Assam Skill Development Mission etc for mutual cooperation in initiating quality research works .The University plans for continuous academic exercises in the form of holding of National and International Level Conferences,Talks and Lectures and high quality research publications. Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva Viswavidyalaya has already prepared its own handbook for the doctoral programmes and is in the process of preparing its own research manual. Faculty members and research scholars have been actively engaged in research works like presentation of research papers, publication of research articles and minor research projects.