Villa College Wraps Up International Conference on Social Research and Innovation

Villa College’s Institute for Research and Innovation (IRI) has successfully wrapped up the 2024 International Conference on Social Research and Innovation (ICSRI).

The theme, “Innovations for Sustainability: Forging the Path Ahead,” set the tone for this year’s conference, which commenced on June 8. The event drew significant interest, with more than 53 abstracts submitted by international participants, Maldivian students, and researchers.

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The conference featured four keynote speeches and five-panel discussions on a diverse array of topics across eight different fields.

Noteworthy recognition was accorded to outstanding contributions, with awards presented for the best research paper and best presenters. Mariyam Nuha and Dr. Aishath Shanura deservedly won the Best Research Paper award for their study on the “Effects of Encouragement on Cognitive Performance of an Abstract Reasoning Task.”

The Best Presenter Awards were conferred in two categories:

Career Researcher Category:

  • Dr. Ismail Nizam
  • Dr. Ahmed Shahid
  • Dr. Damith Gangodawilage

Novice Category:

  • Fathimath Lamya Imthiyaz
  • Lyernisha Franglin
  • Batool Zahoor

Further, the conference featured a grant application ceremony, wherein ten applicants vied for research grants, and nine were selected as recipients. The diverse and promising research proposals of the designated recipients are as follows:

  1. Medical Image Processing for Early Detection of Cancer: A Machine Learning Approach
  • Ms. Lyernisha S R
  • Dr. C. Seldev Christopher
  • Ms. Fernisha S R
  1. Analyzing the Sustainability and Adoption of Eco-Friendly Public Toilets in India and Maldives to Build Sustainable Future
  • Uza. Asna Ahmed
  • Dr. Deepti Khubalkar
  • Dr. Shilpa Sharma
  • Mr. Amish Abdullah
  • Dr. Tajudeen Sanni
  • Uz. Shahim Saleem
  1. Development and Validation of a Nursing Assessment Item Bank for Optimized Computer Adaptive Testing through Psychometric Analysis
  • Mr. Moosa Mohamed Manik
  • Mr. Margret Vijay
  • Ms. Mano Priya Vijayan
  • Dr. Wammidh H. Talib
  1. Enhancing Sustainable Marine Tourism through Participatory Marine Spatial Planning in the Maldives
  • Dr. Tajudeen Sanni
  • Ms. Elizabeth Nwarueze
  • Dr. Ibraheem Sulley
  • Mr. Amish Abdullah
  • Uza. Asna Ahmed
  1. Enhancing Science Education in Maldives through Open Educational Resources
  • Ms. Fathimath Saeed
  • Ms. Mariyam Azlifa
  1. Persons with Disabilities’ Inclusivity and Accessibility to Tourism Sector in the Maldives: An Analysis of Maldivian Legislative Framework, Policies, and Practices
  • Mr. Amish Abdullah
  • Dr. Sukhvinder Singh
  • Dr. Ahmar Afaq
  • Uza. Asna Ahmed
  • Dr. Tajudeen Sanni
  • Uz. Shahim Saleem
  • Mr. Jimmy Jose
  1. Intellectual Property in The Maldives and Sustainable Development Goals: A Comparative and Situational Analysis of Legislations and Policies
  • Uz. Shahim Saleem
  • Mr. Hamza Khan
  • Mr. Amish Abdullah
  • Uza. Asna Ahmed
  • Dr. Tajudeen Sanni
  1. Investigating the Impact of Organizational Environment and Employees’ Ability to Transfer Knowledge and Skills on Employee Job Performance
  • Dr. Byju K.P.M
  • Ms. Aishath Thashkeel
  • Ms. Nuzuha Nizam

In his closing remarks, Villa College Vice Rector Dr. Ali Najeeb emphasized the pivotal role of ICSRI as a platform for showcasing research aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He underscored the increasing significance of social science research and revealed the college’s commitment to enhancing the dissemination of research outputs.

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