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Goals

The Research and Development Cell, KG College of Arts and Science shall strive:

  • To encourage talented students and faculty to show an interest in research on recent problems prevalent in the society, technology and health care and to devote a substantial portion of their research time, to work in the field of technology, social and health care research.
  • To enhance the institutional capacity to provide improved research facilities through sustained delivery of quality research outputs at a given time with constant collaboration with the industry technicians and the management of the research processes and their resources.
  • To undertake research of the highest quality on key topics in recent technologies, social problems and health care and to make such research available to the public, faculty, students and research scholars.
  • To establish quality standards for technology, social and health care research and educate the research community to serve the society. Also, to investigate survey methodologies and sampling strategies in an effort to collect more reliable and more valid data on organizations, communities and stakeholders and the dynamics that prevail in these relationships.
  • To understand India's interaction with the world in terms of technical, traditional, linguistic, foreign policy related matters.

Objectives

The Research and Development cell of the college has the following objectives:

  • To formulate a research development program to equip the faculty with the knowledge, skills, and competence to do research and publish their research outputs.
  • To improve research productivity of students and the quality of students through, research oriented activities.
  • To encourage the faculty, students to engage in various types of research activities.
  • To produce through the research team refereed researches for publication in different research journals.

Challenges

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:

  • The Indispensability of Multidisciplinary Approaches
  • The value of history as Method and as Narrative.
  • Language Proficiency

The Indispensability of Multidisciplinary Approaches

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.

The value of history as Method and as Narrative

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.

Language Proficiency

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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