1. Institutional Animal Ethics Committee (IAEC), Assam down town University: The renewal of registration to undertake animal studies at Assam down town University is being obtained from Ministry of Environment & Forest, Govt. of India. IAEC, Assam down town University (AdtU) [1574/PO/Re/11/CPCSEA]. Experiments as a part of the research work with small experiments are being initiated at the university. Institutional Animal Ethics Committee held on 24th December at Council room, Assam Down Town University Campus 2. Project Evaluation Committee 3. Paper Publication Committee 4. Conference/ Seminar Evaluation Committee 5. Research Review Committee Brief Report : The second Research Review Committee (RRC) meeting was held on 19th of February 2016 in the Board Room of Assam down town University. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. B.G.Unni, the co- chairman of the RRC. The honorable vice chancellor of AdtU, Dr. R.C. Deka (Former Director, AIIMS, New Delhi) graced Second Research Review Meeting at the Board Room Assam down town University the occasion and showed keen interest in all the activities of the meeting. Vice Chancellor shared invaluable suggestions and his research and administrative expertise to motivate the participants of the meeting. He also emphasized in creating national harmony in the field research and forwarded many suggestions regarding the improvement of research and RRC in particular. The Vice chancellor laid more emphasis on quality of work, competence, creating skill development programme and self motivation which will help the young generation as well as the society. He in fact renamed the existing Board of Research studies name to more appropriate Research Review Committee. Dr. B.G.Unni had presented an excellent preview in front of the members showing different projects that are either accepted or are in the final stage of review in different national funding agencies. Dr. Unni was very happy to disclose that As many as 30 projects were submitted by the faculties to different funding bodies such as Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Department of Science & Technology (DST), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), and University Grants Commission (UGC) of which 14 projects were now in the final stage of review. Dr. Unni also talked about the current status of research, progress achieved so far and research papers published in National/ /international journals, Conferences attended and other scientific programs/ ventures undertaken at the University. He provided a brief idea on the research areas of interest and various initiatives taken by the management of AdtU to encourage the young faculties like selection of best speaker of Saturday seminar and selection of best teacher. Both the external experts from Gauhati University and IIT Guwahati expressed their happiness in regards to the improvement in the overall research of the university. They especially applauded Dr. Unni for his stupendous leadership. The external experts, Dr. M.C.Kalita, emphasized on the social benefits of the research outcome and advocated for skill based education. He emphasized for research in the areas of agricultural sciences. Dr. M.C. Kalita also talked about the fundamental research leading to application, must have an impact on social obligation and also suggested to adopt a village with respect to the outcome of some of the projects .The other expert, Dr. Kannan Pakshirajan from IIT gauhati was very generous in sharing his research experience and touched upon various aspects of research. Professor Kannan suggested to have a Conclave for students having innovative ideas and providing opportunities to present their innovative ideas at the Conclave. He provided details of some of the fellowships like the PM research award, and also suggested for having a project in the area of energy sector (Biogas) at the university campus. The members of the RRC were then involved in a brainstorming interaction and exchanged many innovative ideas. Some of the members Dr. H. Goswami, Dr. U. C. Kalita, Dr B. K. Dey, Dr. A.M.Dutta and Dr. L.P.Saikia present in the meeting discussed issues and prospects in relation to research activities going on as a part of B. Tech and M. Tech programme in their respective departments. In the concluding remarks Dr. B G Unni thanked the experts and all members for their presence and interaction in the meeting and to Vice Chancellor for his participation and active interaction and suggestion at the review meeting. The vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Manash Pratim Sarma, Joint member secretary of RRC which was followed by lunch. Project Evaluation and Paper Publication Committee, Assam down town University A joint meeting of the Project Evaluation and Paper Publication Committee was held on 24th November, 2016 at 11.30 AM at Council Room chaired by Dr. B G Unni, Director Research and the Coordinator of both the committees. The following members of the committees and invitees namely Dr. B.K. Dey (Member), Dr. P.C. Sarma (Member), Mrs. Manashi Sengupta (Member), Dr. A.M. Dutta (Member), Prof. Dr. Mimi Das Saikia (Invitee), Dr. L.P. Saikia (Invitee), Dr. Lanu Devi (Invitee), Dr. Abhinav Gupta (Invitee), Mr. Akshay Chandra Deka (Convener - Project Evaluation Committee), Mr. Nayan Talukdar (Co-Convener, Project Evaluation Committee), Dr. Manash Pratim Sarma (Convener - Paper Publication Committee), Mr. Bhriganka Bharadwaj (Co-Convener, Paper Publication Committee) were invited at the meeting, and the members Mrs. Manashi Sengupta, Dr. A.M. Dutta ,Mr. Akshay Chandra Deka, Mr. Nayan Talukdar, and Dr. Manash Pratim Sarma were attended the meeting and interacted in various topics related to both the Committee’s activities for the year (2015-2016). The following points were discussed at the meeting. The faculties are encouraged to submit research work (B. Tech or M. Tech, Ph.D, B. Pharm/ Diploma, M.Sc/ B.Sc) carried out at Assam down town University to be published in well reputed journals and must be en-routed through the Paper Publication Committee for proper evaluation/ suggestion. The reviewed paper by the committee may be allowed for publication in a reputed journal having Impact Factor. The Head of the respective Department are requested to provide the format of the respective committee (Publication) to the faculties for necessary official formalities. The Conveners of the Publication Committee Dr. Manash Pratim Sarma and Mr. Bhriganka Bharadwaj are requested to provide the Format/ Performa of the publication of research papers to the respective department for wide circulation among the faculties. The faculties of the respective department should be encouraged to submit the project proposal in their areas to various funding bodies such as DBT, DST, CSIR and ICMR etc for funding, and all these project proposals must be en-routed through the Project Evaluation Committee for review before its submission online or offline to various funding bodies. The Head of the respective Department are requested to provide the format of the respective committee (Project Evaluation) to the faculties for necessary official formalities. Mr. Akshay Chandra Deka, and Mr. Nayan Talukdar, Conveners of the Project Evaluation Committee is requested to provide the Performa of the Project Evaluation to the respective departments for wide circulation/ information among the faculties. The Coordinator appreciated the performance and functioning of the Conference Evaluation Committee under the Chairmanship of Professor Dr. H.K. Das (Pro-Vice Chancellor) and Convener Professor Dr. Mimi Das Saikia. The Coordinator thanked the members of both the committees for their presence, constructive suggestions and active participation in the meeting. Research Review Committee Brief Report The 3rd Research Review Committee Meeting of Assam down town university was held on 21st November, 2016 in the Board Room, Assam down town University, The Pro-Vice Chancellor, Director Research, Resident Trustee and the following members of the committee and invitees namely Dr. P.C. Sarmah (Member), Dr. A.M. Dutta (Member), Dr. B.K. Dey (Member), Mrs. Manashi Sengupta (Member), Dr. L.P. Saikia (Member), Mr. Saurav Zaman (Invitee), Dr. Abhinav Gupta (Invitee), Dr. Saikat Sen (Invitee), Dr. Raja Chakraborty (Invitee), Mr. D. Mishra ( Invitee CE), Dr. Yamin Hassan (Member Secretary), Dr. Manash Pratim Sarma (Joint Member Secretary), Professor Dr. Kannan Pakshirajan (Member Expert-& Professor & HOD, Department of Biosciences & Bio-Engineering, IIT Guwahati), were invited and attended the meeting. Professor Dr. M.C. Kalita (Member Expert) Dr. U.C. Kalita (Member), Dr. H. Goswami (Member) could not attend the meeting. The Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. H.K. Das gave welcome speech and thereafter Dr. B.G. Unni, Director Research & Co- Chairman of the Research Review Committee briefed about the progress of research activities at Assam down town University and also informed the committee members regarding the sanctioning of the Mega Network Project on ‘Scented Rice’ funded by Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India. He also mentioned about the research activities initiated at the university at different level, projects submitted to various funding bodies for financial support and publications etc after the 2nd research review meeting till October 2016. Dr. Saikat Sen (PI) & Dr. Raja Chakraborty (Co-PI) & Associate Professors, Department of Pharmacy informed the External Member & other members present in the meeting about the recently funded project, its aims and objectives and its benefits on livelihood of the people of this region. The External Expert Professor Dr. Kannan Pakshirajan in his remarks highly appreciated the commendable progress made by the University so far in research front and publications etc. He also appreciated the steps taken by the management for improving the research atmosphere at the University. Some of the members Ms. Manashi Sengupta, Dr. B.K Dey, Prof. Dr. L.P. Saikia Saikia present in the meeting discussed issues and prospects in relation to research activities going on at their respective departments. Ms. Manashi Sengupta informed about the research work as a Post Graduate course work in the area of quality of life of Oral Cancer Patients and Cutaneous stimulation on AV Fistula among Hemodialysis Patients undertaken by the Post Graduate Students. The External Expert also extended his full support from IIT Gauhati in the form of collaboration and other technical advices for further strengthening the research capabilities of the University. In the concluding remarks Dr. B G Unni thanked the expert and all members for their presence participation at the Research Review Committee Meeting. The Review Meeting ended with the Vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Manash Pratim Sarma, Joint member secretary of RRC. 4th Research Review Committee Meeting held at Assam down town University on 15th September, 2017 The 4th Research Review Committee Meeting of Assam down town University was held on 15th September, 2017 in the Board Room, Assam down town University. Prof. Dr. H.K. Das (Pro-Vice Chancellor), Dr. B G Unni (Co-Chairman & Director Research), and the following members and invitees namely Dr. H. Goswami (Member), Dr. P.C. Sarmah (Member), Dr. A.M. Dutta (Member), Dr. B.K. Dey (Member), Dr. L.P. Saikia (Member), Professor Dr. Kannan Pakshirajan (External Expert) & Professor & HOD, Department of Biosciences & Bio-Engineering, IIT Guwahati), Professor M.C. Kalita, (External Expert) & Professor of Biotechnology, Gauhati University, Dr. Yamin Hassan (Member Secretary), Dr. Manash Pratim Sarma (Joint Member Secretary), Dr. Abhinav Gupta (Invitee), Dr. Abhijit Dutta (PT) (Invitee) and the Principal Investigators and Co- Principal Investigators of the projects namely Dr. Saikat Sen, Dr. Ananya Kashyap, Dr. Raja Chakraborty, Dr. Akshay Ch. Deka, Ms. Daisy Sharma and Dr. Jyotchna Gogoi attended and took part in the discussion. Dr. N.N. Dutta (Chancellor), Prof. Dr. R.C. Deka (Vice Chancellor) attended the meeting for the brief period and interacted with the external experts. 4th Research Review Committee Meeting at Assam down town University The Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Dr. H.K. Das gave welcome speech and thereafter Dr. B.G. Unni, Director Research & Co - Chairman of the Research Review Committee briefed about the progress of research activities at Assam down town University and also informed the committee members about the area of research currently Assam down town university is under preparation/ consideration of projects such as “Scented Rice, Medicinal plants, Banana Biodiversity, Cancer Biology Nano Science, Diabetic, Cardiovascular , eye & liver diseases Jaundice, Tuberculosis (TB), Endophytes, Pathogens, Antibacterial & Phytochemical properties of Biomolecules of plants and microbes origin ,Computer science and engineering and under Artificial intelligence” submitted to funding bodies such as Department of Biotechnology, Department of Science and Technology under different schemes, NTRF, Indian Council Medical Research and Assam State Science & Technology & Environment, etc. He also mentioned about the two faculties from Assam down town University attending the International Conference on 3rd World Congress on Natural Product Chemistry and Research as a Speaker to present her research paper at the conference to be held from 16 – 17 October, 2017 at Mercure Budapest, Hungary and various achievements under research front i.e. award for the Best Research Paper (Dr. R. K. Barkotoky Best Paper) and Mini Research Grant leading to Ph.D by Cancer Research Foundation, India (CRFI) Awards, 2017. He also mentioned about the excellent outcome of the collective efforts of the faculties, students, staff members, alumni , and over and above the best support given by the management of the University and other research activities going on at different departments as a part of BSc, M.Sc, B. Pharm, M.Pharm B. Tech and M. Tech degrees of Assam down town University which are related to their respective disciplines. Dr. Saikat Sen (Principal Investigator) informed about the progress of the project on ‘Scented Rice’ i.e. about the hypolipidemic activities, collection of samples for the projects and its implementation, etc. Dr. Ananya Kashyap also mentioned about the information in relation with the project recommended from DBT (Banana Biodiversity) i.e. preparation of nutraceutical product from banana biogas such as pills and its uses. Dr. Jyotchna Gogoi also mentioned about the project proposal on wide use of the Foldscope as a research and education tool. The objective of the study is to Perform Allium cepa assay for Toxicity Evaluation of Different Food Preservatives Used in Imported Food Items of Assam. Dr. B.K. Dey, Principal, Department of Pharmacy, also spoke about the activities in their department and emphasized in publishing papers based on UG/PG dissertation works. He also said that few of the proposals will be submitted to funding agencies after scrutinizing through the departmental expert panel and laid high hope of getting few projects approved. Dr. L.P Saikia (HOD, Computer Science & Engineering) also discussed the issues and prospects in relation to the B.Tech, M.Tech research activities, Ph.D Programs and publications of research papers going on at his department. The External Expert Professor Dr. Kannan Pakshirajan in his remarks highly appreciated the Director Research for the untiring efforts for bringing up the research front of the University. He also applauded the HOD’s, faculties and students for putting up their efforts in various activities, publishing research papers in well reputed national/ international journals, etc. He also advised to have at least one sponsored projects in a year. He promised to extend his full support and guidance in the future for any research related matters to serve the needs of the University. Professor Dr. M.C. Kalita also encourages the faculties/ students for their active participation in research / academic activities. He also advised to give more importance on the research topics like malaria and dengue and submit the project proposals on these topics to the funding agencies. He proposed the university to undertake foreign collaboration along with multi institutional projects. At the meeting, the external experts namely Professor Dr. Kannan Pakshirajan and Professor Dr. M.C. Kalita along with the staffs of Assam down town University namely Mr. Ashim Barman (Additional Registrar –Administration), Mr. Raktim Kakati (Deputy Registrar – Administration), Mr. Jaydeep Kakati (Finance officer) and Mr. Khanin Barman (Purchase officer) were also felicitated for their active support and cooperation related to the progress of the research activities. The Pro – Vice Chancellor thanked all the members for their valuable suggestions and active participation in the meeting. The meeting ended with the vote of thanks given by Dr. Manash Pratim Sarma. 5th Research Review Committee Meeting held at Assam down town University on 25th April, 2018 The 5th Research Review Committee Meeting of Assam down town University was held on 25th April, 2018 in the Board Room, Assam down town University. Prof. (Dr.) Amarjyoti Choudhury (Vice Chancellor), Dr. H.K. Das (Pro-Vice Chancellor), Prof. Bandana Dutta (Dean of Studies & Chairman), Dr. B G Unni (Director Research & Co-Chairman), Dr. U.C. Kalita (Member), Prof. (Dr.) H. Goswami (Member), Prof. P.C. Sarma, (Member), Dr. B.K. Dey (Member), Dr. L.P. Saikia (Member), Dr. Rajeev Sarma (Member), Dr. Arup J.D. Sarma (Member), Dr. Arnob Bormudoi (Member), Dr. K.N. Sarma (Invitee) Dr. N.C. Talukdar, Director, (IASST), Guwahati. (Member Expert), Professor (Dr.) Pranab Goswami, Head, Centre for Energy, Department of Biosciences and Bioengineering, IIT –Guwahati. (Member Expert), Dr. Manash Pratim Sarma (Member Secretary), Mr. Rituraj Bharadwaj (Joint Member Secretary), Dr. Saikat Sen (Principal Investigator), Dr. Raja Chakraborty (Co-Principal Investigator), Dr. Ananya Kashyap (Principal Investigator), Ms. Daisy Sharma (Co-Principal Investigator), Dr. Jyotchna Gogoi (Principal Investigator), Mr. Mriganka Sarma (Principal Investigator), Mr. Gautam Borah (Co-Principal Investigator) attended the meeting ... 5th Research Review Committee Meeting at Assam down town University Professor Amar Jyoti Choudhury, Vice Chancellor gave welcome speech about the structure and need of various research committees and its role in the overall growth of the academic institutes. Dean of studies & Chqairman RRC subsequently welcomed all the delegates present in the meeting and thereafter Dr. B.G. Unni, Director Research & Co - Chairman of the Research Review Committee provided a detailed presentation on the progress and future plans of the University in the research fronts. He highlighted about the major research grants received by the University from the external funding agencies including both government and non-government agencies. He has also given an insight to the research activities of the University including the upcoming projects and the MOU’s with various R& D institutions. Dr.Unni also talked about the university’s current infrastructural facilities and its national and international recognition. The chairpersons/Deans and HODs of various faculties/ disciplines briefed the gathering about the research activities undertaken at their respective departments. The Project Investigators team of the various central/stage and other funding bodies of the different projects sanctioned/ recommended have presented their progress of work at the meeting.. The external experts of research review committee Dr. N.C. Talukdar, Director IASST and Prof. Pranab Goswami, from IIT, Guwahati expressed immense pleasure and appreciated on the overall progress of the research activities of the university. The meeting ended with the vote of thanks delivered by Dr. Manash Pratim Sarma, Member secretary.