Dept of Geography concludes workshop on â€˜Research Methodology in Social Sciencesâ€™
Aligarh, November 30: The Department of Geography, Aligarh Muslim University recently concluded a 10-day ICSSR sponsored workshop on â€˜Research Methodology in Social Sciencesâ€™. Professor N A K Durrani, Dean Faculty of Social Science attended the â€˜Valedictory Functionâ€™ of the programme as the Chief Guest.
Prof Baharul Islam from IIM Kashipur attended the function as the Guest of Honour. Meanwhile, Prof S H Siddiqui, Chairperson, Department of Geography, AMU; Professor Nizamuddin Khan, Course Director and Dr Mumtaz Ahmad, Course Co-Director were also present.
The â€˜Inaugural Functionâ€™ of the pogramme had Prof V K Srivastva, who is an emeritus professor at the Rani Durgawati University in Jabalpur as the Chief Guest while Professor Barkatullah Khan, former Chairman, Department of Geography, University of Delhi and Prof K Z Amani, former Chairman, Department of Geography, AMU, Aligarh attended the inaugural function as the guests of honour.
Delivering the address, Prof V K Srivastava focused on the development of indigenous research techniques and methods and explained that the use of indigenous systems will be more rational and socially beneficial to different facets of research.
Highlighting the need of capacity building, Prof Srivastava lamented that it is a process of boosting the inherent capability of researchers and the concerned manpower in different organizations.
Prof Amani spoke very high about the modern research methodology and how a researcher should start his /her journey of research career.
Prof Abdul Munir, Senior Geography Professor and Dean Faculty of Science; Prof Shamsul Haque Siddiqui, Chairperson, Department of Geography, AMU, Aligarh and Professor Nizamuddin Khan, the Course Director also attended the programme.
During the Inaugural Function, Prof Nizamuddin delivered the welcome address for the guests and participants.
Prof Shamsul Haque spoke on the need of high quality problem oriented scientific research with useful rational, which could not be performed without proper and thorough understanding of â€˜Research Methodology and Techniquesâ€™.
Prof Abdul Munir, the Dean Faculty of Science, emphasized the need of development of research skills.
Prof S H Siddiqui and Prof Abdul Munir also taught the use of factor analysis to find cause effect analysis with empirical study.
Prof Aquil Ahmed, Department of Statistics, AMU and Prof Surendra Kumar Sharma from Punjab University, Chandigarh trained the participants in factor analysis, cluster and discriminate analysis and regression diagnostics through software package II.
The workshop also provided training and discussion about the Geo-spatial technology and the resource person urged the scholars to use GIS technique in spatio-temporal analysis of any event on the earth surface.
Dr. Jabir Ali, Professor, IIM, Lucknow, delivered a lecture on conceptualize research framework and prepare quality manuscripts. He also highlighted the methods to identify research problems.
The workshop had 40 different sessions including discussions, practical activities, exploratory data analysis session, test of significance, ANOVA, ANCOVA linker Scale Analysis, inaugural and valedictory functions among other activities.
At least 20 resource persons from different academic fields of Geography, Statistics, Economics, Management, Sociology, Psychology, Education, Commerce and Political Science were also there in the workshop.
During the workshop, these resource persons highlighted the importance of geographical research approach in conducting research work at doctoral and post doctoral level.
They stressed on use quantitative statistical techniques for research analysis and designing socio economic models for explaining complexes in the concerned research in humanities and social science.
Assiatant Professor and Deputy Course Director, Dr Mumtaz Ahmad Khan delivered the vote of thanks.
Thirty participants attended the workshop from Maharashtra, Uttrakhand, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi and Aligarh selected under the guidelines of Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi. These participants were from different disciplines of Social Sciences.