RESEARCH

Finding answers to relevant questions

Faculty at FLAME University enjoys enormous opportunities and avenues for cutting-edge research in their respective areas of specialization strengthening the vision, awareness and synergy of the inter-disciplinary approach of education.

Excellence achieved through this research, in turn, creates new learning and further enriches the diversity of knowledge by synthesizing and integrating insights from a range of disciplines. This unique academic cooperation between multiple disciplines does transcend the boundaries of disciplines, and results in an insightful and consequential research output. This process of creating synergy between excellence and diversity - a dynamic motion that advances academic learning through constant interconnectivity - is the basic driving force that refines education and research at the University.

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Thelast decade has seen a surge in genome assembly and sequencing technologies. From the good old DNA sequencing and electrophoresis reads enunciated by Sanger, Maxam, and Gilbert, several tools were embodied through the use of these methods and yet, the challenges these methods imposed have had a paradigm shift. In this focused review, we provide a gist of the tools used by the genome assemblers and discuss the challenges and implications of the next generation sequencing chemistries shaped up by the development of tools.

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 ABDC : A | SCOPUS® Q2

The paper examines the impact of oil and gas price shocks on bank performance in the major oil and gas exporting GCC countries, using data for the period 2000–2017. Results indicate that oil and gas price rises have a direct bearing on bank performance through the channel of price-induced bank deposits and related lending to business activities. The negative impact on bank performance due to a drop in oil and gas prices is greater than the positive effect of a rise in prices. Findings suggest that oil and gas price volatility has an asymmetric effect on conventional and Islamic banks. Conventional banks reap more benefit from the increased cash flow created by oil and gas prices, compared to Islamic banks. While Islamic banks are generally vulnerable to adverse oil and gas price shocks, conventional banks tend to benefit more from positive oil and gas price shocks. The association between oil and gas price shocks and bank performance in GCC has been distorted by the global financial crisis, the Arab Spring, and the ongoing Yemen War, which have lowered performance. The findings of the study have significant policy implications for the central banks as well as the governments in the oil and gas-exporting countries.

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Why do sea turtles garner such intense interest? The answer is visceral: they are widely loved! A cryptic life cycle spent mostly out of view lends a sense of mystery that makes them special. Yet, these large animals are highly accessible at an extremely vulnerable time, when females emerge on sandy beaches at night to lay eggs, before disappearing again into the oceans. Being nocturnal, they provide us the adventure of going out in the dark on secluded beaches to find them. Plus, the hatchlings are cute, and releasing them into the sea must be one of the most engaging activities that people can do with a protected species.

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Planning for sustainable cities generally focuses on compact, human-scale cities. The urban paradigms underlying each city produce morphologies which generate a distinctive local urban climate. In this paper, four sub-cities in Delhi NCR, India, are classified using local climate zone (LCZ), and then analysed for thermal performance and compactness. These sub-cities are broadly classified as a garden city (LCZ 5A), a resettlement colony (LCZ 3), a mixed land-use city (LCZ 5), and an industrial city (LCZ 56). The surface UHI (UHISurf) is estimated using Google Earth Engine with MODIS, canopy layer UHI (UHIUCL) with meteorological data, and density using Spacematrix. The nighttime UHIUCL is 7.52 °C (LCZ 5 and LCZ 5A) and the UHISurf is 5.2 °C (LCZ 5 and LCZ D). A major apprehension is the residual temperature at sunrise (5–8 °C) leading to high heat stress and detrimental health impacts. The heating and cooling rate, reduced by a factor of three is observed (LCZ 5–0.25 °C/h). The least UHI is experienced by LCZ 5A and the built density is highest in LCZ 3. The mixed-land use (LCZ 5) city performs poorly, whereas the industrial city (LCZ 56) performs optimally on both thermal and density scales.

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 ABDC B | SCOPUS® Q3

This paper aims to examine the strategic issues of risk for independent theatrical film distributors in the Hindi film industry in India.

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 ABDC B | SCOPUS®

This study investigates factors contributing to residential mortgage loans default by utilizing a unique dataset of borrowers' default data from one of the pioneer lending institutions in Malaysia that provides home financing to the public. Studies on mortgage loan default have been extensively examined, but limited studies utilize the individual borrower's data, as financial institutions generally hesitant to reveal their customers' data due to confidentiality issue.

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A survey of workers in Pune city who were waiting to go back home after the national lockdown was first announced shows their plight and living conditions. Its findings provide valuable insights on what migrant workers need and what the policy decisions regarding them should consider.