NOBEL LAUREATE DR. ADA YONATH’S VISIT TO RK UNIVERSITY
On Feb. 27 (2017), Nobel Laureate Dr. Ada Yonath inaugurated RK University’s Bioresearch & Characterisation Centre, by unveiling the plaque with her name on it. As part of the equipment upgrade initiative, RK University approved the purchase of ultra-modern research equipment worth approximately half a crore, to facilitate research and consultancy across the campus. The newly established Bioresearch & Characterisation Centre at RKU houses a state-of-the-art Agilent GC-MS, a Bio-Rad Thermocycler, and a Leica phase-contrast microscope. Several other upgrades have also been made across the campus to provide strong support to research and student training activities. RK University researchers will be using the newly purchased equipment in the School of Science/School of Pharmacy to make valuable contributions to the field of biomedical research. Dr. Ada Yonath also delivered a special research seminar at RK University on Feb. 27, 2017. During the seminar, the distinguished dignitary spoke about what motivated her to pursue cutting-edge research and how she managed to make groundbreaking contributions to the area ribosome research. Her motivating speech left the audience mesmerized. Dr. Ada Yonath was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in the year 2009 for her work on the structure and function of the ribosome.Dr. Yonath’s findings have been used by pharmaceutical companies worldwide for designing highly efficient antibiotics. Nobel Laureate Dr. Ada Yonath conveyed her best wishes to all the RK University students and researchers.
GRANTS AND PUBLICATIONS
Researchers from RK University have been successful in receiving extramural research funding from the Department of Science and Technology’sGujarat Council on Science and Technology(GUJCOST) in recent years. During the past three years, several researchers from RK University have published their experimental findings in renowned journals with a Thomson-Reuters Impact Factor and/or with a SCImago Journal Ranking (SJR). Both of these journal metrics have been widely accepted by the scientific community. India’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) gives special emphasis on these two widely accepted metrics. The Faculty of Doctoral Studies & Research at RK University encourages researchers to submit their manuscripts only to those journals that have these two metrics.
ABOUT RK UNIVERSITY
Established under the Gujarat Private Universities Act of 2009, RK University has consistently received recognition and accolades from renowned organizations such as Microsoft, Infosys, IUCEE, ISTE, TCS, DNA, Engineering Watch, and Wipro. RKU’s faculty members have secured a significant amount of extramural research funding from GUJCOST; an autonomous body functioning under the aegis of the Department of Science and Technology. RKU’s leadership comprises researchers and academicians from renowned institutes of learning. Nobel Laureate Dr. Alan J. Heeger delivered a video speech during RK University’s First International Conference on Research & Entrepreneurship (ICRE 2016). RK University has also been successful in coordinating the Fourth International Conference on Transformations in Engineering Education (ICTIEE 2017) on it’s scenic campus. Distinguished dignitaries from the United States, Europe, India, and Australia visited RK University during ICTIEE 2017. The Faculty of Doctoral Studies & Research at RK University organizes training workshops, seminars, conferences, and also provides strong support to all research-related activities across the RKU campus.
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