Basics of Research Skills–Workshop at Alva’s

SDM CIRHS organized a day-long workshop on 9th June 2017, titled ‘On Basic Research Skills’ for the social sciences and humanities faculty of Alva’s College, Moodubidire, on their campus.

The course was formulated as an introduction to research in social sciences and humanities, and addressed the familiar questions and issues of choosing a research problem, the difference between social problems and research problems, formulation of a research question, hypothesis testing, the current trends in social science research and so on. However, the answers provided and the issues discussed took the participants through unfamiliar routes to chart unexplored areas and difficult but productively self-critical issues.

For instance, it is a commonplace these days to talk about trends in research in social sciences and humanities or about its future. If S.N. Balagangadhara is right that India has suffered two colonialisms, and much that we say about India today is a rehash of the way the two colonising cultures experienced India and described their experience, the following conclusion is inevitable: the trends in research on Indian society and culture has hardly changed over the last thousand years. By implication then, one cannot talk about its future in any meaningful way, unless we learn to develop scientific theories of our culture.

Here are some photos from the workshop!


Report in a local newspaper: ಆಳ್ವಾಸ್_ನಲ್ಲಿ ಶಿಕ್ಷಕ ಪುನಶ್ಚೇತನ ಕಾರ್ಯಾಗಾರ _ Vartha Bharati