Amity Instituteof Biotechnology, Gurgaon, organized Faculty Development Programme on “Scientific Writing”

Recognizing “scientific writing” as an important area forresearchers and faculty members, a one day Faculty Development Programme (FDP) was organized by Amity Instituteof Biotechnology, Amity University Gurgaon with three eminent personalitiessharing their experience and knowledge about how to report the research work asmanuscript for publication or book chapter and how to prepare project proposalsfor grants. A total of 71 participants registered for the FDP which includedfaculty members(including Professors) of Amity University from Jaipur, Gwalior,Lucknow apart from the faculty from Amity University, Gurgaon.


Theinaugural function was presided over by Prof. (Dr.) R.C. Sharma,Vice-Chancellor, Amity University Gurgaon. Prof. (Dr.) S.M. Paul Khurana,Co-ordinator of the FDP and Director AIB, introduced the subject and welcomedthe participants. Prof. (Dr.) Padmakali Banarjee, Pro-VC of Amity UniversityGurgaon addressed the audience highlighting the need & importance of FDPs..This was followed by addresses by the Chief Guest of the function, Prof. SunilKhanna, VicePresident, NIIT University (NU),Neemrana, Rajasthan and Guest of Honor, Prof.Ajit Varma, Director General, Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, AmityUniversity, Noida. Dr. S. Dubey, Dean, Science and Technology AUH also sharedhis opinion regarding importance of  the topic.

The first  lecture was by Prof. Sunil Khanna, Vice President, NIIT University (NU), Neemrana,Rajasthan as Key Note for  the topic “ScientificResearch Projects--Planning & Execution”. He highlighted the  scenario of GOI funding agencies and thegrant-in-aid available for research. He emphasized the willingness of Governmentof India to extend grants for science and technology based research. Citing hispersonal examples in writing project proposals, he shared the common mistakesdone by proposers which cost them their project. He also put forwardsuggestions on how to improve writing a proposal so as to have a genuine impacton the reviewers.

The next lecture was on “Pre-communicationEditing and Publication” by Prof. Ajit Varma, DirectorGeneral, Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Amity University, Noida. Prof.Varma shared his personal life experiences as editor of esteemed publicationhouses like Academic Press, London and Springer-Verlag, London. He stressed theimportance of having a determination for goal and the attitude to keep working untilmission achieved. He enlightened the participants with the complete process ofediting a book which includes conception of the idea, literature search,working on the guidelines, inviting articles, editing of the same and finalpresentation. He highlighted the difference between writing for a book andwriting for popularizing a product. He presented the Chief Guest, Prof. SunilKhanna, a booklet written to popularize the Rootonic fungus Piriformospora indica among the farmers.


The third and fourth lecturesof the day were delivered by Prof. (Dr.) S.M. Paul Khurana, Director, AIB onthe following two important topics of scientific writing:

i)                         Basics of ScientificWriting, and

ii)                       Ethics ofScientific Research and Reporting.

The first lecture gave a detailed knowledge about planningand composition, framing and precommunication-editing of research article.Prof. Khurana spoke about the common mistakes that creep in while writing amanuscript with many examples. He emphasized on the importance of vocabularyand use of software programmes available on the internet to improve writingskills. The lecture was a complete guide for researchers, with 19 Keys tofollow,  with heavy emphasis on eachcomponent of the IMRAD structure of a paper. He highlighted about personalhabit which needs to be followed by one and all, i.e, to write daily, and re-write, re-read and revise the MSS as aritual. This alone makes you to achieve 600-700 pages of MSS/year.  He stressed that without 3-4 times revision orrewriting, a manuscript cannot be refined to the desired level/ quality. Healso pointed out the importance of keeping the reader in mind while writing.Any article should properly convey the message to the respective readers.

The second topic highlighted the Ethics for Research,a majoraspect of scientific work and reporting. Pointing out various examples fromhistory, Prof. Khurana conveyed the importance of ethics in research andreporting. He explained the points to be remembered and followed duringresearch right from the conception of an idea, performing experiments,analyzing results and presenting them in the form of manuscript or articles. Theimportance of ethics especially for human and animal-related research wasstressed by him.

After every presentation the queries were answeredby the speaker. Although a Hand out was given, on request of the faculty, PPTof both lectures by Prof Khurana have been e mailed.

Faculty Development programme on  Scientific Writing (24-05-13)Over all Feedback










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The Feedback from the individual participants wastaken after each lecture & analysed. TheTable above  clearly shows the Excellent to Good quality ofpresentations & rating of the FDP by the Faculty.  Certificates were also given to allparticipants.

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