It was a dream of president of MPES, Dr. M P. Karki to start separate under graduate research center to provide invention opportunities to students at their early stages of life. He presented this unique idea to Karnataka State Government. Recognizing the merit of this program Karnataka State Government provided Rs.50 Lakh to build this R&D center at the SDM College, Honavar campus.
Hence Malnad Progressive Education Society (MPES) established one of the first Undergraduate Research Center(UGRC) in the Karnataka state to provide research and innovation opportunities to undergraduate students.
The team of SDM college, Honavar along with Dr. Shrikanth Hegde GGGRI, Kumta held meeting with “Bharata Ratna” Dr. C N R Rao and team of his scientists and discussed UGRC,s Research programs and ambitions. They provided us research fund of Rs.30 Lakh from VISION group to start research activities at UGRC Honavar.
Further recognizing the uniqueness and importance of this research training program Karnataka state knowledge commission awarded research grant of Rs.25 Lakh to carry out project entitled “Preparing students for research, pilot studies on environmental pollutions in the Konkan Belt”. Dr. Shrikanth Hegde is acting as a research co-ordinator of UGRC and also as a principle Investigator of the KJA project. Professor P.M.Honavar, head of the Dept of Chemistry, SDM College, Honavar is acting as a co-investigator in the KJA project. Lecturers of SDM college, Shri Manjunath Hegde and Shri Shridhar Hebbar are mentoring students in research activities. Shri. Ganapati Bhat is working as a research scientist in the KJA project.
MPES has established R&D collaboration with nearby research center, Green Gold Global Research Institute Kumta and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.