Uttaranchal Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences organized a Workshop on ‘Research Methodology- Research Problem Selection and Research Process’ on 9 June 2018. Prof. (Dr.) Ajay Singh, Principal – UCALS & Dean-Research, Uttaranchal University and Dr. Waseem Ahmad, Associate Professor, were the Guest Speakers. Dr. Deepak Nanda, Director-UIPS, welcomed all the participants and the Guest Speakers. 25 participants from the various fields participated in this workshop.
All the sessions were systematically arranged keeping in mind the need of the research scholars. Dr. Amit Semwal welcomed the participants and gave an introductory speech as well as introduced Prof. (Dr). Ajay Singh.
Session I on Research Problem Selection and Research Process was taken by Prof. Ajay Singh. He began his session with disciplinary models which are based on applied, soft, pure hard social sciences, arts, humanities and sciences. He explained that research is not just information gathering, is not rearranging the facts and figures alone and is not playing of words. He focused on what is research? He stressed that research starts with a question or problem, accepts certain basic assumptions, expects critical interpretations, requires unbiased data collection analysis, performs validation, needs articulated documentation and leads to further research. He also talked about types of research, namely, extension or generalization, explanatory (why), description (what, when, who and how), comparative study, life history research, predictive research and evaluation study. He also highlighted on online or e-research in which he talked about use of research methods to study different aspects of the internet and using the internet to apply research methods for the research questions. Prof. (Dr.) Ajay Singh also explained research steps, locating a problem and types of research questions.
Session II on Structure of Research Writing was also taken by Prof. (Dr.) Ajay Singh. He began with the process of research. He explained the purpose of research proposal and informed that a research proposal is an argument that explains the logic of the study to an audience of experts and non- experts. He also highlighted the features of research proposal, i.e., it shows that the proposed study has considered the available knowledge about it, viability and relevance of research is justifies, strengths and limitations of the approach are stated, all the ethical issues are weighed up and ensures that fair amount of original findings are expected at the end of the research. He also talked about the elements of research proposal. He also explained the purpose of literature review, model for a proposal and the structure of the thesis.
Session III on Online Literature Search and Research Process was taken by Dr. Waseem Ahmad. He started his session with few questions. The entire session was very enlightening as many things were new to the participants and this session gave an idea of how to search online content. He talked about various online catalogues like national library catalogue, library of congress and union catalogue. He also explained how to search scholarly data – original search and literature review. He explained various search strategies – PICO search approach, phrase search, type of document search, google: advance search.
Session IV comprised of Valedictory Session. Dr. Amit Semwal and Mr. Tarun Parashar felicitated the participants with the certificates.