For any education, and technical education in particular, the basic model of a ‘teaching – only’ institution is inadequate to ensure quality education. In all disciplines of technical education, knowledge is dynamic with new technologies being introduced very frequently. In this scenario, it is not possible for the teachers to deliver good quality instructions without being tuned to the current developments in the subjects, for which they must constantly update their knowledge.
A well recognized way to deal with this paradigm is for the teachers to be active researchers in the areas in which they teach. As researchers, they need to understand the past and recent developments in their subject areas. Many high ranking Universities / institutions in the world (Berkely, MIT, Cornell, Stanford, Princeton etc.) and India (IITs, IISc, IIITs, NITs etc.) exhibit a very high correlation between quality teaching and R & D activities. Even among the affiliated colleges, those which have Ph. D. faculty on their rolls and are engaged in R & D activities are regarded as good colleges.
MJCET recognized the importance of R & D in the vertical growth of the institution and established the R & D cell to focus on the scientific and industrial research in the various disciplines of Engineering. The MJCET R & D cell is a nominated committee consisting of professors from various programs of Engineering and Basic Sciences. The organizational structure consists of a chairman, convener and coordinator for facilitating the routine functioning of the cell. The R & D budget for the year 2015-2016 was Rs. 10 lakhs.
The R & D cell focuses on the following R & D activities: