Dr B R Ambedkar Hall Starts National Workshop On Research Methodology
Dr B R Ambedkar Hall, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) today started a one-week ‘National Workshop on Research Methodology’ with the inaugural function at the Cultural Hall, Maulana Azad Library.
AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor, who attended the function as the chief-guest said that since methodology is crucial for research, one must know how to make systematic plans for conducting research.
He added that AMU founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan always wanted to have a university instead of a college as he wanted to establish an institute where research is conducted.
“The university administration is committed to provide the best facilities to the research scholars,” said the Vice Chancellor adding that AMU has received funds from the University Grants Commission (UGC) for a new hall-of-residence specifically for research scholars. Prof Mansoor further said that the university has already received Rs 10 crores out of the Rs 30 crores for the establishment of the hall.
He pointed out that research is an interdisciplinary thing and it should be done out of passion. “Students should work on their thesis with interest and try to conclude their research as soon as possible,” said Prof Mansoor giving example of a Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) workshop taking place at the AMU’s Department of Geography which has attracted students from various disciplines.
Prof Mansoor informed that soon the Maulana Azad library will have the facility of ‘Scopus’ which is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. He added that the various departmental libraries will also be connected with the university library. He further said that Rs 70 lakh grant has been given for the extension of Department of Law’s library.
The Vice Chancellor urged research scholars to mentor and guide undergraduate and postgraduate students in their academic pursuits. He congratulated the B R Ambedkar Hall for taking the initiative of organising an academic programme. “Academic programmes are always organised by the departments, it is for the first time that a residential hall is organising an academic programme,” said Prof Mansoor.
Guest-of-honour, Prof Zaheeruddin (Dean, Faculty of Law) said that systematic research draws on a variety of both qualitative and quantitative methods to reach original conclusions. He added that it is important to learn the correct methodology to arrive at meaningful results. “I am sure that this workshop will help participants to hone up their skills,” said Zaheeruddin.
Prof Javaid Talib (Chairperson, Department of Law), who also attended the programme as a guest-of-honour said that AMU is known for producing quality research scholars. He added that research is undertaken to collect information and data for the purpose of arriving at fresh and original conclusions. “Make the best use of facilities available to produce excellent thesis,” said Prof Talib while referring to research scholars. He pointed out that AMU has increased the Phd seats and there are funds available.
While delivering the welcome address, Dr Hashmat Ali Khan (Provost, B R Ambedkar Hall and Director of the workshop) announced that over 200 research scholars are participating in the programme.
Dr Mohd Arshad Bari (Organising secretary) conducted the inaugural function, while Dr Ehteshamuddin (Convener) proposed the vote of thanks.