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Research Profile of the University

The Central University of Punjab, Bathinda is a research centric University. The faculty of the University is involved in carrying out basic as well as applied research. The research strength of the University is evident by the research publications in national and international journals of repute and the research grants earned by various faculty members from various funding agencies like DBT, DST, ICMR, ICSSR, BRNS etc. The total number of projects over a decade since the establishment of the University in 2009 is 172 amounting to ~Rs 566204283. Under Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission of Teachers and Teaching, the University has received a total grant of Rs. 5.0 crores. Four departments of the University have also earned DST FIST grant worth Rs.62850. The total number of research papers published by the faculty members till date is 1263 (as per Scopus and Web of Science). The University is on top among the newly established Universities in terms of research output. Central University of Punjab ranked 87 in the University Category of NIRF (2020). h-index of the University is 48 (as per Web of Science).

  Scopus WoS
Articles 1263 1105
h-Index 51 48
Citations 13343 11548

The University has well-equipped tissue culture laboratories for plant, animal, human and cell-lines culturing.  The labs are also equipped with RT PCR, Gradient PCR, UV-Visual Spectrophotometers, automated karyotyping system, Electrophoresis units, Gel documentation systems, high precision water baths, Ultra-low temperature deep freezers, high speed cooling centrifuges, Vacuum Concentrator, Nano Drop 3000, CO2 incubators, and Millipore water purification systems have been established in different departments, to supplement the existing state of the art of the Science laboratories.
The hallmark of the research conducted at the Central University of Punjab is the intellectual environment that brings people together to solve societal problems.   Biologists, chemists, mathematicians, computer scientists, geologists, environmental scientist’s pharmacologist, physicists, social scientists and the faculty from humanities are positively promoting research in distinctive fields with the aim of making their research results available to both the national and international academic community and the public at large.

Significant Areas of Research:

  • Genome editing, Molecular Stress Physiology, Plant and Algal Biodiversity, Floristic Diversity of Antarctica, Anticancer compounds from algae and fungi, Genetics and Applied Genomics, and Plant Metabolic Engineering (Botany).
  • Prediction, prevention and therapeutics of human genetic diseases including diabetes, cancers, birth defects, and neurological disorders including stroke, epilepsy and migrane. Immunogenomics of common complex diseases and rare diseases, such as celiac disease and vasculitis. Efforts are being put in to establish a HLA typing facility for diagnosis of autoimmunity. Elucidation of environmental, genetic and epigenetic causes leading to reproductive failure and developmental failure. The focus is also on gene-gene and gene-environment interaction leading to idiopathic cases of infertility; role of genetic susceptibility and epigenetic changes in the pathogenesis of PCOS; pathogenic variants and epimutations leading to growth failure and underlying genetic causes of non-syndromic hearing loss. Research is ongoing with respect to involvement of mito-miRs in breast cancer progression where we have shown that mito-miRs are involved in mitochondrial mediated metabolic reprogramming in breast cancer and also govern the anticancer drug response of cancer cells. Research pertaining to anticancer drug discovery from natural/synthetic compounds resulted into more than 15 high impact publications and filing of 2 Indian patents. Research is also ongoing to develop biosensor for detecting pesticide related toxicity in human blood. (Department of Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine).
  • The overall thrust area of the Zoology department is to understand pathophysiological mechanisms and develop potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets for human diseases. To elucidate the basic mechanisms of Neuroendocrinology and neurodegenerative disorder by using in vivo and in vitro model.
  •  The thrust area of the Department of Applied Agriculture is to pioneer the development of innovative technologies for conservation and processing of raw material with value addition to meet growing demand of food processing industries.
  • Research on Design, Synthesis and Biological Screening of Novel Multi-target inhibitors of Tyrosine Kinase(s) and Topoisomerase, Synthesis of Bioactive Heterocyclic Scaffolds Using Novel Green Technologies and Synthesis of Rebaudioside-A: Natural Substitute for Sugar from Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni) and many more.
  • Identification of lead natural product/ secondary metabolites/ semisynthetic/ synthetic compounds alone or in combination for the management of cancer and other diseases using biochemical/molecular/computer-aided drug discovery approach.
  •  Water pollution and waste water management, development of bio-herbicides, supramolecular and environmental chemistry, nanotechnology, air pollution, geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing, bioenergy/ green technology, membrane technologies and membrane bioreactor (MBR), nutrient removal, microbial fuel cells, solid waste management, air pollution, soil pollution for pesticides and heavy metals and bioremediation (including phytoremediation and rhizoremediation) (Department of EVST).
  • To pursue and strengthen research in land use & land cover dynamics, land degradation, urban planning, environment geography, isotope geochemistry, low temperature geochemistry, earth surface processes, applied palaeontology, biogeography and vertebrate palaeontology (Department of Geology).
  • Department of Physics is involved in both theoretical and experimental high quality research in the thrust areas Nanomaterials and its modelling, Biomaterials, Renewable energy device, electron and ion sources etc
  • Using a variety of spectroscopic (UV-visible, fluorescence, circular dichroism (CD)), fast kinetic (millisecond stopped flow, nanosecond laser flash photolysis), thermodynamic ((differential scanning and isothermal calorimetry (DSC and ITC)), and mechanistic (single molecule atomic force clam spectroscopy (SMFCS)) techniques Department of Chemistry is investigating the role of pH, denaturants, surfactants, macromolecular crowder, physiological anions, ionic liquids and nanoparticles on structural, kinetic, thermodynamic, and functional properties of several proteins, including blood plasma serum transferrin, horse heart cytochrome c and myoglobin, hen egg white lysozymes and human titin I27. Designing, Synthesis & Evaluation of multi-targeting agents for the treatment of chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, and cancer Compounds are being developed as inhibitors of monoamine oxidase enzyme, acetylcholine esterase enzyme and beta-amyloid to find potential drug candidates (Department of Chemistry).
  • Department of Microbiology is involved in knowing the role of induced oxidative stress and innate defence responses in various human diseases. The ultimate goal is to delineate the complex interrelationships between the oxidative stress and inflammatory mediators, wherein the promise of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory therapies in controlling progressive disease conditions can be realized.  In addition, the role of Integrin binding protein, Kindlin in colon cancer as well as role of Nischarin in regulation of intestinal apical epithelial junction Therapeutic targeting of gastric cancer stem cells is also being explored.  The department faculty is also involved in creating bioluminescent biosensor for detecting heavy metals and antibiotics in different samples.
  • The thrust area of the Department of Biochemistry includes the translational research to explore the biochemical aspect related to the disease metabolism and therapeutics, cancer therapeutics and drug discovery, immunobiology, plant host-microbe interaction, and pathogen drug interaction.  The other research areas of the department include Disease Metabolism & Systems Biology, Drug Discovery and Therapeutics   Immunobiology.
  • The department of Mathematics has worked on several interesting and important topics of Finsler Geometry like Conformal transformation of Finsler spaces, Projective change and Projective flatness of Finsler spaces, Hypersurface of Finsler spaces with (α,β) metric, Finsler-Cartan duality, Main scalars of Finsler spaces, Non-holonomic frames in Finsler geometry, existence of reversible geodesics in Finsler spaces, locally dually flatness of Finsler spaces and Unicorn problems. Currently, we are working on Homogeneous Finsler spaces, Symmetric Finsler spaces Geometry of Finsler spaces with some special (α,β)-metrics, and some more interesting current topics.
  • The thrust of Social Sciences is on Social structure and social stratification, rural and urban sociology, agrarian relationships, migration and diaspora studies, social change in the context of development and modernisation, problems of the marginalized social groups such as the scheduled castes, the scheduled tribes, minorities and social movements.
  • The thrust area of economics includes Development Economics, Financial Economics, Tourism Economics, and Energy Economics.
  • Research in mass Communication, Environment, Health & Political Communication, and Debunking Fake News.
  • To explore South and Central Asian history and Archaeology, Culture and society, polity, economy, geopolitics, and the environment.
  • To preserve and promote Punjabi culture and tradition by exploring tangible cultural heritages.

The Malwa region of Punjab has come under focus because of an increased prevalence of cancer, diabetes, birth defects and other adult onset disorders. Therefore, the University is not only carrying out research to understand the ethnic specific predisposition to these disorders but also conducts activities designed to educate the general public and benefit society. The University has adopted a couple of nearby villages with an aim to provide basic medical facilities, conduct laboratory investigations and educate the villagers so that an early intervention is suggested for a better outcome.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers in the University are conducting studies with an aim to contain the spread of the epidemic and facilitate care for those affected and simultaneously understand the economic impact of the disease.
The University is also involved in providing academic and professional guidance and consultancy services to any Govt. and Non-Govt. organisations, academic institutions, personal or professional researchers and other organisations related to industry, trade and business. Bifurcation of Top 24 Faculty Members only for STEM Area


S.No.
First Name Last Name Designation Department i10-Index (All) i10-Index (Since 2016)
1 Vinod Kumar Garg Professor Environmental Science and Technology 136 120
2 Puneet Kumar Associate Professor Pharmacology 91 73
3 Anjana Munshi Professor Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine 74 60
4 Raj Kumar Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences and Natural Products 58 49
5 Ramakrishna Wusirika Professor Biochemistry 53 34
6 Prashant Sudhir Alegaonkar Associate Professor Physics 41 27
7 Vikas Jaitak Assistant Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences and Natural Products 38 34
8 Sanjeev Kumar Professor Botany 37 37
9 Surender Kumar Sharma Associate Professor Physics 36 24
10 Raghvendra Prasad Tiwari Vice Chancellor Geology 36 15
11 Anil K Mantha Professor Zoology 34 28
12 Vinod Kumar Associate Professor Chemistry 33 27
13 Ashok Kumar Assistant Professor Physics 32 31
14 Monisha Dhiman Professor Microbiology 32 30
15 Anjana Bali Assistant Professor Pharmacology 31 29


Department-wise Research Output during last 5 years (2015 -2020)

S.No. Department Name Total Impact Factor Avg. Impact Factor
1 Biochemistry and Microbial Sciences 120 612.893 5.11
2 Environmental Science and Technology 150 376.949 2.51
3 Pharmaceutical Sciences and Natural Products 108 318.72 2.95
4 Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine 122 286.038 2.34
5 Animal Sciences 84 277.812 3.31
6 Physical Sciences 154 262.959 1.71
7 Chemical Sciences 60 228.134 3.80
8 Mathematics and Statistics 86 148.617 1.73
9 Plant Sciences 117 148.081 1.27
10 Computational Sciences 27 91.411 3.39
11 Administration 23 73.472 3.19
12 Others 156 34.621 3.21
13 Applied Agriculture 19 28.022 1.47
14 Geography and Geology 22 26.459 1.20
15 Computer Science and Technology 56 20.419 0.36


  Patents Applied

Sr. No. Title of Invention Indian  Patent Application No  Inventors Publication detail
1 Novel Fused Heterocycles And Method Of Use And Manufacture Thereof 201611014161 Raj Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Monika Chauhan The Patent Office Journal No. 05/2018 Dated 02/02/2018
2 Method and System for Identification of Isomorphs for Johnson and Strongly Regular Graphs in Polynomial Time 201611009948 Mahesh Kulharia, Suchismita Mohato, Saurav Kumar Jindal, Surinder Singh Khurana, Vicky Kumar The Patent Office Journal No 17/2016 Dated 22/4/2016
3 Method and System for Identification of Isomorphs for Generalised Johnson Graphs in Polynomial Time 201611016061 Mahesh Kulharia, Suchismita Mahato, Surinder Singh Khurana, Saurav Kumar Jindal, Vicky Kumar The Patent Office Journal No 23/2016 Dated 3/6/2016

 

4 Pyrimidine Bridged Biaryl Derivatives as Multi-Targeting agents for the treatment of neurological disorders 201811008301 Vinod Kumar, Bhupinder Kumar, Ashish Ranjan Dwivedi The Patent Office Journal No 37/2019 Dated 13/09/2019
5. Indazolo (2,3-c) quinazoline based fluorophores and their applications in bioimaging and tagging of drug molecules 201811028230 Raj Kumar, Sandeep Singh, Gaurav Joshi, Praveen Sharma The Patent Office Journal No 32/2020 Dated  07/08/2020
6. Single Step Process for the Direct Preparation of Aromatic Amines from Aromatic Halides and Azides 201911006109 Ashish Ranjan Dwivedi,  Vinod Kumar, Bhupinder Kumar The patent office journal No 34/2020 Dated 21/08/2020
7. Method and system for assigning unique labels to atoms in a chemical Compound 201911018211 A Mahesh Kulharia, Suchismita Mahato, Saurav Kumar Jindal,Surinder Singh Khurana,Vicky Kumar, Kousik Giri  The Patent Office Journal No. 21/2019 Dated 24/05/2019
8. A process of preparation of Jam and a Jam prepared therefrom 202111003426 Yashi Srivastva, Priya Pal,Elsa K Mathew, Muneeb,Anu KS,Binoy Sagar GS Yet to be published
9. Development of Disposable DNA Chip by combing of pictogram level DNA through Self Propelled Droplet 202111009506  Dr Hemandra and Prof Ramakrishna Wusirika Yet to be published