The Centre for Advanced Research in Sciences (CARS) was established in 2003 with the main objective of creating state-of-the-art research facilities for the faculty members, scientists and graduate students of different branches to carry out research, so that the standard of research in the University can be comparable to that of advanced laboratories of the World. The facilities of the Centre are being used by the following faculties and Institutes of University of Dhaka. (i) Science, (ii) Pharmacy, (iii) Engineering and Technology, (iv) Earth and Environmental Sciences, (v) Nutrition and Food Sciences, (vi) Information Technology, (vii) Statistical Research and Training, (viii) Energy, (ix) Disaster Management and Vulnerability Studies and (x) Leather Engineering and Technology.
CARS 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 of the University of Dhaka can carry out research work in collaboration with scientist of the Centre. In that case, projects have to be submitted to the Centre, and after peer review, they may be accepted for the desired support on the condition that the proprietary rights to the output is shared with the Centre. The faculties, scientists, graduate students of all public and private universities & research organizations may take analytical services of the Centre on payment basis.
The objectives of the Centre are:
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. Thirteen 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 CARS 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 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 Master's 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.
Location of the Centre:
The Centre is located near the Mukarram Hussain Khundker Biggan Bhaban and is housed in a seven-storied building with a floor area of 10,000 sft in each floor. The construction of the first five floors of the centre, started in 2003, and the acquisition of equipment was financed by the special grants from the Government of Bangladesh. With a generous grant from the Government of Japan under JAICA, another two floors were constructed and additional equipment were procured. A 1250 KVA sub-station provides power to the centre with back-up support from a 500 KVA standby generator in case of power failure. UPS units are attached to all major instruments such that these instruments are not affected by power-failure.