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Training Programme on Project Proposal Writing, Drafting of Research Reports/Papers and Presentation Skills, 9-11 April 2012, New Delhi

A Training Programme and Workshop on Project Proposal Writing, Drafting of Research Reports/Papers and Presentation Skills was jointly organized by the Institute for Human Development, New Delhi with generous support from the Indian Association of Social Science Institutions (IASSI) during April 9-12, 2012 at IHD. More than 120 applications were received in a short span of 2 weeks reflecting the dire need and demand for such a training programme. A selection of one third of the candidates were made. 32 young researchers/scholars and students from universities and research institutes across the country participated in this three-day workshop. Prof. J Krishnamurty, Visiting Professor, IHD was the lead resource person for the workshop, coordinated by Dr Sumit Mazumdar, Fellow, IHD and Mr Shravan Kumar, Communications Associate, IHD. The workshop was inaugurated by Prof S R Hashim, Chairman/President, IASSI, and Prof Alakh N Sharma, Director, IHD delivered the welcome address. Both the speakers emphasized the importance of the training program towards imparting key lessons and approaches in scientific research communications and writing research proposals to young researchers.

Each day was divided into lectures, assignments, group-discussions, presentations and intensive interaction between the attendees and the resource persons. On Day I (April 9), drafting skills were discussed, followed by exercises on mind-mapping and revising short research papers based on the discussions. Day II (April 10) was devoted to the important aspects of proposal writing. Following an interactive lecture, the trainees were asked to develop brief proposals on selected topics/themes which were then reviewed and specific feedback provided to them. The assignments were worked out by the trainees divided into groups ensuring balance in subjects and experience levels among them. On Day III (April 11), presentation skills were discussed, and group-presentations were made based on few published research papers by prominent scholars. Before concluding the technical sessions of the training program, the trainees were provided with evaluation forms to provide their assessment, feedback and comments on the content, pedagogy and treatment of the different topics taken up during the workshop.

A valedictory session was organized on April 11, presided over by Prof Ramesh Dadhich, Member-Secretary, ICSSR. Prof S R Hashim, Prof Alakh N Sharma, Prof J Krishnamurthy, Prof Atul Sarma (Visiting Professor, IHD), Prof Preet Rustagi (Jt. Director, IHD), Prof S Gupta (Member-Secretary, IASSI) were present. Prof Dadhich expressed his satisfaction on learning about the Training Program, and said that such programmes were in much need for young scholars and students in social sciences across the country. The trainees were handed over certificates of participation by the dignitaries present.

Organizer: The Institute for Human Development (IHD) and the Indian Association of Social Science Institutions (IASSI).


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