The Research and Development Cell, KG College of Arts and Science shall strive:
The Research and Development cell of the college has the following objectives:
The Challenges of the Research cell is to develop expertise on various national and regional problems that affect the development of our nation. The challenges in research are discussed under the following headings:
Most scholars in the field of area studies come equipped with training in their respective disciplines. This has often been cited to describe area studies as multidisciplinary. Yet, the presence of a host of scholars from different disciplines does not make the field multidisciplinary, unless study provides evidence of the use of concepts and theoretical concerns that cut across disciplines. Multidisciplinary approaches also often lead to the discovery of comparative studies of an issue which may present radically new perspectives on old issues.
One of the peculiar aspects of Indian Area Studies scholarship is the presence of at least one mandatory chapter on the history of the problem being researched. While the objective of the practice has a good intention, to contextualize, and so ground, the problem in the history of the state – the effect of the practice has been to undermine analysis in favour of narrative.
To overcome this dependence on narrative, while retaining the objective of the practice, researchers need to differentiate between history as background and history as interpretation. Therefore, scholars must not just collect historical facts but also tell us what they make of them in relation to the problem they want to research.
Periodisation is often used to set the limits of Ph.D. research. In some cases, this is important, e.g., India’s economic performance post liberalisation: 1991-2004 However, periodisation may not be essential for many research topics, especially when the research focus is theoretically inclined, in such cases periodisation should be avoided as far as possible.
Area studies research is critically dependent on knowledge of the area being researched. Without a command over the global/ local language, such knowledge is difficult to attain. Hence, a working knowledge of the relevant local language is an essential pre-requisite for the Area studies research.
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