Research means search for knowledge or as any systematic investigation, with an open mind, to establish novel facts, solve new or existing problems, prove new ideas, or develop new theories, usually using a scientific method. Development refers to the exploitation of discoveries, and research and development refers to creative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to devise new applications. Scientific research consists of inquiries, observations and experiments. It attempts to use these to answer questions about what causes various phenomena. The primary purpose of research is discovering interpreting and the development of methods and systems for the advancement of human knowledge on a wide variety of scientific matter.

Keeping in view the importance of Research & Development, the Centre of Research for Development (CORD) was established by University of Kashmir in 1979, with the prior concern to organize and conduct interdisciplinary research project. The centre has been quite active in establishing a multi-disciplinary and inter-institutional research base and significant contributions have been made in priority research areas of Lake Conservation, Wetland Management, Fisheries Development, Plant Pathology, Plant Tissue Culture, Horticulture, Medicinal plants, Wildlife Conservation, Forest Ecology and Phytochemistry.

The Centre is conceptualized to facilitate a meaningful transition for an aspiring scholar from acquiring knowledge towards an advanced stage of its creation and application. Through various academic exchange programs, the Centre aims at establishing a universal nature and legitimacy of a research culture, to motivate scholars to cultivate an aptitude for intercultural and transnational communications, in scientific spheres.

I hope that staff of Research Center will give their talent, time, and boundless energy to maintain the high standards that is expected from our Center and would continue to work hard and obtain outstanding achievements, make new contributions for the growth construction of this Research Center.

Prof. Md Niamat Ali