The centre identifies research areas which are important for the overall development of the country. The centre is equipped with state of art scientific instruments for pursuing research in these areas. It is expected that the faculty members can carry out the research work in the laboratories of their respective departments, and specific measurements or experiments can be carried out when necessary using the equipment and the laboratories of the centre as per rules defined by the council.
The centre also creates a platform for research in interdisciplinary areas with faculty members from different Departments of the above mentioned faculties and institutes.
The objectives of the Centre are outlined as follows:
- Creation of scientific knowledge through research work
- Generation of highly skilled scientific and technical manpower
- Successful implementation of the M.S., M. Phil and Ph.D. programs in the University
- Technical innovations and scientific inventions which will bring economic benefit to the country
- Transfer of technology from the developed world
- Development of appropriate technology
- Promotion of University-Industry interaction
- Establishment of a reference analytical laboratory through international accreditation
- Creation of a network of scientists and technologists of home and abroad
- Initiation and maintenance of international collaborative research in important areas
- Holding seminars, conferences
- Publication of scientific Journals and research works
The centre offers support in terms of analytical services using the instruments of the centre to research projects of faculty members on the condition that the proprietary rights to the output is shared with the centre. Projects have to be submitted to the centre, and after peer review, they may be accepted for the desired support. Alternatively, the faculty members may avail themselves of the analytical services or the logistics of the centre on payment of prescribed fees. Such services are also available for external users.
The centre provides a congenial atmosphere with ample working space, back-up power supply, on-line access to Journals and a clean and secure environment for researchers to pursue their research with full dedication. Twelve different research areas covering different disciplines of science have been identified as priority areas relevant to the national needs. Scientific equipment are being procured and installed to establish the corresponding research laboratories.†
The Centre for Advanced Research in Sciences has the ultimate goal of attaining the status of a centre of excellence buzzing with scientific activities. The main hurdle it faces is the difficulty of keeping the instruments in running condition and their servicing by appropriate personnel. It is expected that a good number of technicians will soon be appointed, and the instrument engineers and the technicians will in near future be in a position to offer the services of the equipment to researchers in various faculties. It will of course be necessary to offer them proper training, and also enough motivation. Some of the equipments require servicing by expert engineers belonging to the manufacturer. All local agents of the manufacturers are not capable of providing the required services, and they have to invite experts from agents in India or Singapore. This raises the cost of services. However, some of the local agents of instrument companies have got their engineers properly trained, and are offering the necessary servicing free of cost or at very nominal costs. We expect that other local agents will recognize the importance of developing local expertise, and will adopt the policy of developing the capability of servicing the instruments with these local experts.
To achieve a high standard of research, we need to inspire our best products from various faculties to use the facilities of the centre for research during their Masterís program, and continue to complete their Ph.D. degree in Dhaka University. The quality of research can be improved only by research at the Ph.D. level provided the Ph.D. students have the necessary ability. What we need is proper financing of M.S. and Ph.D. students, such that they devote themselves whole heartedly to research work. Let us hope that the facilities in the CARS will motivate these students to carry out world-class research in their own country.††