From the Desk of the HeadWelcome to Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Technology (CISST).
CISST was established in 2012 with a mission to develop and inculcate the inter/cross/trans/ multi- disciplinary culture in our University system. It is our realization that real world problems of the society can be attempted or understood only through interdisciplinary approach wherein ideas, concepts and technologies evolved from Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Biological Sciences Mathematical and Computer Sciences and Social Sciences would synergistically converse. For instance, major sectors including health care, defence applications, tools for biomedical applications and communications demands the ideas and tools from different disciplines. Individual disciplines have their own importance and potential but a kind of cohesive holistic approach is unavoidable and adds new flavours for the knowledge generation in this world today.
Apart from housing sophisticated scientific instruments purchased under the PURSE programme funded by the Department of Science and Technology for the service of all the research workers of the university basic science departments and other users from neighbouring universities and industries, CISST also offers M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Science, Defense Science, Earth Science and Bioinformatics. These courses are of highly interdisciplinary nature and all our basic science departments participate and cooperate for the smooth functioning of the innovative, interdisciplinary post graduate courses. Besides, many visiting professors and scientists from National Research Laboratories like Physical Research Laboratory (PRL, Ahmedabad), Pramukh Swami Medical College (Karmasad), Department of Geology, MSU (Vadodara), Faculty members from Anand Agriculture University (Anand) and Gujarat Technology University etc., participate in teaching many of the specialized papers of these interdisciplinary courses.
Through such participations, we have developed academic and research linkages with all the Basic Science Departments of the University, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad, ISRO, Ahmedabad, Department of Geology, M. S. University of Baroda, PS Medical College, Karamsad and Armament Research & Development Establishment, Pune to name a few.
To spread the idea and notion of the importance interdisciplinary research and learning, we organize Conferences, Workshops, and Research Scholars’ Meet on various interdisciplinary topics and provide the participants a common platform to discuss and deliberate on the contemporary research problems of various disciplines cutting across the boundaries of mono disciplines. We also arrange series of lectures and hands on training sessions for the research scholars and young faculty members to make them learn the know-how and operations of the sophisticated equipments housed at CISST. We look forward to launch series of skill based add-on courses for the students of our campus. All these activities are possible by the hard work and sincere efforts put up by my predecessors and unconditional support from the University administration.
The centre is still in a very nascent stage of development and strives to grow into an innovative, unique and exemplary centre for interdisciplinary research, academics and extension activities.