Welcome to The Research Acceleration Centre
About us
The RAC initiative moves on the following steps:
  • Formation of research clusters. A research cluster consists of 2 to 4 faculty members. Such clusters can be of five types:
    • Department-based,
    • School-based,
    • Across schools
    • Across departments of schools
    • Across institutions.
  • Research clusters will prepare five-year research programmes in the areas of their interest. Each cluster will prepare a comprehensive document pertaining to the proposed research (say, in computational linguistics, digital humanities, culture and technology, psychology and pedagogy, etc.). Such document must indicate the proposed research problem, relevant literature pertaining to the problem, suggest a hypothesis for inquiry and spell out the plan of action. The action plan must indicate the cluster's deliverables [workshops, conferences, papers, publications (peer-reviewed journal publications, books, monographs, edited volumes etc.,)] and their schedule.
  • The work of the research programmes (generated by the clusters) will gradually shape the orientation of teaching and research in the concerned department, school and across schools. Research programmes will evolve in symbiotic relation with the teaching activities of the members of research clusters. Classrooms will be the initial testing grounds for the new research themes.
  • All research clusters will gradually involve research scholars in the pursuit of their inquiries. Eventually faculty research clusters will initiate the formation of graduate research clusters among students.
  • In the first phase of the initiative the nine following multidisciplinary research clusters have emerged at the university.
RAC activities are monitored by an Advisory Committee
RAC Working Committee
Chairperson : Prof. E. Suresh Kumar, , Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor
Director : Prof. Hemalatha Nagarajan