Research Day at Sacred Heart College continues to raise awareness and appreciation of research projects across departments, to encourage information sharing and idea sharing to support the growth of multidisciplinary efforts, and to instill research aptitude in faculty and students. Sacred Heart College has been aggressively expanding its research cell across all departments while also bolstering it. Every year, a Research Day is held to highlight the research that the college's faculty and students have conducted. This year the wonderful results of the diligent research from faculty and students were honored on December 14, 2022. The celebrations began at 10.30 a.m. in the Kamarajar Arangam with a prayer song sung by the college choir. With a prayer, Rev. Dr. P. Gandhi Kallarasan invoked the Lord's blessings. Prof. K.P.J. Reddy, Emiritus Professor, Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangaluru, was the Chief Guest for this memorable occasion. This celebration was attended by all members of the faculty, graduate students, and research scholars. The Rector, Rev. Dr. John Alexander, welcomed everyone and introduced the main guest. He stated that education is not only about receiving but also about giving back to society. He advised the students to consider the great scientists who dedicated their lives to improve the society through research. Then, Rev. Dr. K. A. Maria Arockiaraj, Additional Principal shift II, presented the college's research credentials.
Dr. M. Nahren Manuel, the Dean of Research, called forth the Chief Guest to release the online journals of the Department of Tamil, Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science and Physics. Rev. Fr. Rector, Rev. Fr. Principal, Rev. Fr. Additional Principal, and the Vice Principal, all received the copies. Dr. M. Antony Arockiasamy, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, followed with the publication of books. The chief guest later declared open Researgence Software for research developed by Mr. Cedric Joseph, CEO, Cintellegince, Pvt. Ltd.
Rev. Dr. G. Theophil Anand, Shift - I presented the SHYIA (Sacred Heart Young Innovator Award) and SHYBIA reports (Sacred Heart Young Budding Award). Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Dr. Jude Vimal Michael presented the Research Forum reports of each department. Dr. Martin Britto Dhas, Assistant Professor of Physics, delivered the 2022 Intellectual Property Rights report. The Principal, Rev. Dr. D. Maria Antonyraj, emphasized the significance of Research Day. He stated that such recognition of research achievements occurs only in prestigious institutions across the country. He asked everyone to contribute useful research so that the college could become a premier institution. The best research department in the arts was awarded to the Department of Tamil, and the best research department in the sciences was awarded to the Department of Mathematics. Dr. Martin Britto Dhas, Department of Physics, and Dr. K. Parthibaraja, Department of Tamil, received the faculty best research award. Mr. K. Sivakumar, Department of Physics, received the best research award for research scholars. His name appears in the India Book of Records for having published 74 articles. Staff and scholars were recognized on stage for their contributions to Scopus-indexed and UGC-care-listed journals.
In his address, the Chief Guest admired and thanked the management, staff, and scholars for their sincere efforts. He inspired the students by stating that one need not have to be a scientist to be a researcher. One needs to be a bystander and relate on is experiences to reality. He stated that he had learned a great deal from his father and his own life. To become a scientist, one must put in to practice what he learns. He stated that, despite our many accomplishments, India is classified as a third-world country. We must make India proud. India will become a superpower thanks to research. Participation is required in research. Indian inventions should be included in our school curriculum. He shared his personal story about how he became interested in aerospace. Inventions transform real life into something new. He concluded by saying that we must put what we have learned into practice. Dr. M. Nahren Manuel, Dean of Research, proposed the vote of thanks. He thanked the management, staff, and students for their outstanding contributions to the institution`s growth.