Father Lafont Centre for Excellence in Research and Innovation (LCERI) is named after in fond remembrance of Father Eugene Lafont (1837-1908), a Jesuit priest from Belgium who worked in India for many years. Fr. Lafont occupies a unique place in the history of modern science in India. He had a passion for scientific research, and he took every measure to instil the same in the minds of his students at St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, ever since he joined the college in December 1865. He was the co-founder of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science which was established in 1876, the first of its kind in India. He is acknowledged with the honour of teaching Jagadis Chandra Bose, regarded as the first scientist in modern India. Father Lafont is rightly considered as one of the architects of modern Indian science.
To honour Fr. Lafont’s legacy, St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata has envisioned a centre for excellence in research and innovation in the campus with a view to promote a culture of scientific research and to render its service to the humanity at large.
In continuation with the tradition of Jesuits’ commitment to scientific research, the Father Lafont Centre for Excellence in Research and Innovation (LCERI) envisions to initiate and sustain an Inter-Disciplinary culture of Research programmes at St. Xavier’s University, Kolkata and endeavours to promote research and intellectual dialogue with social concerns for development of the marginalized and vulnerable of the society in India.
(i) The Centre shall publishprojects, reports, proceedings of the conferences/symposiums, research papers, journals, magazines, special lectures or any other proceedings as per the requirement of the Centre. The Centre shall also extend co-operation and full support to all the magazines, reports and other publications on behalf of the University. There should be regular reports, newsletters and other documentation as per the requirements of the Centre and the University.
(ii) The Centre will also take measures to regularly publish through websites or use of information technology and seek commercialization of intellectual property of the University/Faculty Members/Students/Departments along with the processing of required documents to obtain recognition for such intellectual property rights on behalf of the University.
All programmes conducted by the Centre or in collaboration with the Centre should be placed before the Director of the Centre for prior approval through proposals drafted by the concerned department, faculty or student. The proposals and the details plan of execution should be made available at least 30 days prior to the programme and the concerned faculty shall be responsible for generating the final report of the programme to be duly submitted to the Centre within 7 working days of the completion of the programme. The detailed outline shall be made available by the Centre as a standard format for the department, faculties and students to follow and maintain uniformity.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University, in consultation with the Executive Director of the Centre shall give the approval for any proposed programmes placed to the Centre.