Centre for Culture, Media & Governance (CCMG), Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI), New Delhi inaugurated a “Seven-Day Research Methodology Workshop” scheduled between 11-17 December 2017, under the auspicious of UGC sponsored “Centre with Potential for Excellence in a Particular Area” (CPEPA) for research scholars and young faculty.
Inaugurating the workshop, Hon’ble Pro-Vice Chancellor of JMI, Prof. Shahid Ashraf briefed about basic steps of conducting the research in his inaugural address.
“You will be taught methodology, sampling procedures, important trends regarding the generalisation of conclusion and other research techniques during the course. These methods must be used to further contribute to the field of social science research in India,” he added.
He stated that identification of the problem is one of the key issues among researchers across disciplines. The researchers need to understand the importance of identifying the problems and develop an understanding regarding the execution of a particular research theme. Prof. Ashraf also said that researchers should try to contribute significantly to the h-index and citations of their affiliated universities.

While delivering the keynote address, Prof. Santosh Panda, professor of STRIDE, IGNOU, described various paradigms of research. He also shared his vast research experience regarding research approaches and methods and explained in-depth four major paradigms of research – Positivism, constructivism, advocacy/participatory emancipatory research and pragmatic research.
“Research can be looked at with different approaches. These paradigms will facilitate you to formulate the research strategies. From identification of problem to conclusion, researchers simply need to understand the process of conducting a research by selecting a particular paradigm,” he noted.
Prof. Panda also explained how mixed research method, a combination of qualitative and quantitive methods will be useful to answer the emerging problems.
Prof. Biswajit Das, Director, CCMG, in his welcome address briefly introduced the objective of the seven-day workshop. He has presented the demographic representation of the participants, who are coming from diverse disciplines, backgrounds, genders, regions, universities and research areas with the help of a graphical representation.
“CCMG promotes interdisciplinary dialogues and engagements, and therefore a diverse group of participants are selected for the workshop. We have received around 500 applications. Diversity of the group on the basis of region, gender, disciplines, universities etc. was our top priority. Participants from across the country and even Nepal have come to participate in the workshop,” Prof. Das noted.
Prof. Das also presented the vote of thanks, and noted that prominent academicians and researchers would be delivering lectures and engaging the research scholars and young faculty during the seven-day workshop.
45 participants from various Indian and international universities are participating in the seven-day research methodology workshop.