Srinagar : A Week-long Workshop on “Research Methodology” organized by Department of Humanities Social Sciences and Management began here on Monday at National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar.
According to a statement issued from Public Relations Office NIT, Srinagar here, the event was presided over by Vice Chancellor Central University of Kashmir (CUK), Prof. Farooq Ahmad Shah, while Director NIT Srinagar Prof. Rakesh Sehgal, Dean Students Welfare, Prof. Abdul Liman and Head HSSM Department Prof. (Dr.) Neyaz Ahmad were Guest of Honor on the occasion.
Prof. M.F. Wani Dean Research & Consultancy, HOD HSSM, Prof. Neyaz Ahmad Sheikh are Chairman of the weeklong workshop. Dr. Jaspeet Kaur, Associate Professor at Pearl Academy and Dr. Neeraj Kaushik, Associate Professor NIT Kurukshetra will be the experts of the workshop.
In his key address, VC CUK, Prof. Shah said that over the past several decades there has been significant change in conducting the research. As compared to the past, now there has been a structural process, programs that tell people how to go for research, he said.
“Our research should be impactful so that it can prove beneficial and bring positive changes in the society. Unfortunately our students have resorted to shortcuts that have impacted quality research,” he said.
Prof. Shah said the first and foremost thing that students should do is to select the area where they have intent to conduct the research. In case students have no idea, then they need to conduct an extensive review of literature,” he said.
“I have found in most of the dissertations, people make excessive use of statistical techniques due to which they are unable to interpret their research in a good way,” he said.
Prof. Shah said unfortunately students without understanding their research area; they straightway choose their topic, which is a dangerous trend.
“Your research should begin and end with literature review. If the students are writing the last chapter of the research, it is a lifeline for the entire research process,” he said.
On the occasion, Director NIT, Prof. (Dr.), Rakesh Sehgal appreciated the HSSM Department for organizing a fourth workshop on research and methodology during the past 3 years.
While sharing his research journey with the participants, he said research plays a crucial role in advancing our understanding of various phenomena and developing new knowledge in various fields.
Prof. Sehgal said research methodology provides students with the necessary knowledge to undertake better research and conceivably become successful career researchers.
In his message, Institute’s Registrar Prof. Syed Kaiser Bukhari (who could attend inaugural session due to medical emergency) said the primary aim of such workshops is that participants will be updated with the latest trends in research methodology,” he said.
Prof. Bukhari said this workshop is designed to appeal to different learning styles, with an emphasis on active interactive participation through lab sessions running along the theory sessions.
HOD HSSM, Prof. Neyaz Ahmad Sheikh said the department was established in 1960 as one of the founding departments. We offer multiple doctorate and postgraduate programmes. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is being offered in various areas of English Language & Literature, Economics, and Management, he said.
“During the workshop, participants will be provided with a sample data set to analyse so that they may gain confidence and expertise in conducting research in their respective subject domains, especially in the area of social sciences, ” he said.
The inaugural session of the workshop was hosted and moderated by Dr. Nasir Faried Bhat and formal vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Sumaira Jan on the occasion.
Dr. Tahir Ahmad Wani, Dr. Sumaira Jan, Dr. Mohd. Rafiq Teli are conveners of the workshop. While Dr. Nufazil Altaf, Dr. Ajaz Ul Islam, Dr. Shahnawaz Ahmed are the coordinators. While Dr. Jaya Srivastava, Dr. Nasir Faried Bhat, Dr. Anil Singhal are the co-coordinators of the workshop.
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