Amritsar, March 01 , 2021: ‘The future of India is tied to the performance of a complex research ecosystem’ opined experts at Two weeks workshop on “Preparing Research Proposals” organized by School of Education of Guru Nanak Dev University under the aegis of PMMMNMTT, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education & under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Dr.Jaspal Singh Sandhu.. This intensive workshop introduced essential concepts and tools for writing and preparing research proposals to over seventy Teaching faculty members & Research Scholars from various Indian Higher Education Institutions of repute.
While inaugurating the Workshop, Prof. K. Ramachandran, Advisor, (IAIEPA), (NIEPA), New Delhi said that as India is at the brink of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, characterized by the unprecedented growth of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, robotics, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and advanced wireless technologies, among others will bring economic disruption with uncertain socio-economic consequences for the world. Hence we shall need a robust research eco-system to respond to these changes. The face of Indian universities is also undergoing a change, giving way to more autonomy & competition for their survival & contribution to National development. The future vision calls for overhauling research in the Indian universities as advocated in the New Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020). He further reiterated on the need to prepare the education fraternity for a sustainable research ecosystem in universities. He congratulated the team of School of Education for the conduct of such faculty development programmes.
In the valedictory session, Prof. Dr. Jayant Sonwalka, Vice Chancellor, M.P. Bhoj Open University, Bhopal said that the theme of the workshop is most apt for making endeavours towards bringing India on the global research map in a big way. He further shared that there are vast funding opportunities for the Indian researchers provided they fulfil the required criterions as the vision, positioning of research & outcome of the Research projects. The contemporary research arena calls for interdisciplinary & collaborative research. Sharing the future vision of the upcoming Universities in India, he said that there shall exist three types of universities as Research Universities, Teaching Universities & Research & Teaching Universities, hence we should make the maximum benefit of Research based NPE 2020.
Addressing, the participants, Dr. Deepa Sikand Kauts, Head, Department of Education, Guru Nanak Dev University shared that the theme of the workshop was to provide an in-depth study of the essential concepts and tools for writing and preparing research proposals. Further, the participants in this collaborative-learning workshop would gain significant new insights in effective proposal writing techniques including, the logical structures, Statistical methods, E-resources, evaluation criterions & available funding agencies. Constructive peer review and discussion of participants’ draft research proposals with the experts was the highlight of the workshop sessions.
Research in Education and Preparing a research proposal, NEP-2020 & Research Proposals Review of related literature, Case Studies, Designing Proposal for experimental research, Proposal for evaluation projects, Funding for designing social Science research, Hands on SPSS software, Making research relevant to expectations of various stakeholders, Designing proposals for descriptive research, Undertaking research in a VUCA world- ethical dimensions, Understanding Statistical procedures for research project planning, Guidelines for Norms of CSIR and DST projects, Qualitative research, characteristics, various types and usage, Designing proposal for Laboratory Research, Proposal for Impact studies, Planning Mega Projects, Bibliometric Analysis & Research funds- finding were some of the topics covered in the technical sessions.
A galaxy of experts of High repute led highly the technical interactive sessions, prominent among them were: Atul Bhai Kothari, National secretary, SSUN, New Delhi
Prof. Marmar Mukhopadhyay, Chairman, ETMA Council and Member ETMA Trust, Former Director, NIEPA, New Delhi, Mrs. Revathy Vishwanath Deputy Director, Research Projects, ICSSR, New Delhi Prof. Santosh Panda, Distance Educator & Teacher Educator, IGNOU; Ex-Chairperson, NCTE, Government of India, New Delhi, Prof. C.B. Sharma, Chairman, NIOS, Noida, Prof. Dev Dutt Sharma, Director HRDC, Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla, Dr. Aparna Maitra Pati, Senior Principal Scientist, IHBT, Palampur, Dr Renu Nanda, Professor, Department of Education, University of Jammu, Dr. D. N. Sansanwal, Former Professor, Indore University, Indore,Dr. Anita Rastogi, Professor, Department of Educational Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
Prof (Dr.) Amit Kauts, Project coordinator, presented the report of the workshop. On this occasion he shared that the participants were divided into six groups; they were continually monitored and facilitated for the group assignments. Each group prepared two research proposals in their respective disciplines as the outcome of the workshop sessions. He further shared that the collaborated work of participants and experts of the workshop would be translated into a resource book for further reference of the academia. Dr. Yogmala, H.L Presented the report of the workshop. The researchers namely Dr.Glan Devadhas & Dr. N.Johnson shared their reflections on the faculty programme during the valedictory session. They found the Sessions very useful & overall the workshop was successful in achieving its objectives.
Dr. Deepa Sikand Kauts congratulated the participants on the successful completion of the programme. At the same time, conveyed her gratitude to all the speakers for enriching sessions & appreciated support of the administration for such faculty development programmes in the university.
By Anupreet Kaur.