AMU Dept of Sanskrit organizes two-day ‘Research Methodology’ National Workshop

Aligarh, March 21: In a two-day National Workshop on ‘Research Methodology’ organized by Aligarh Muslim University’s Department of Sanskrit, AMU Pro Vice Chancellor, Brigadier S Ahmad Ali (retd) urged young scholars and academics to do researches, which have potential to serve humanity.

Brigadier Ali, who attended the program as the Chief Guest stated that a broad perspective based research is the need of Indian Universities to attain world rankings.

“We have 621 universities and 33, 000 colleges in India but none of our universities are in the top 200 of the world,” said Brigadier Ali who added that we need top researches to change things for Indian universities.

He also said that in Western universities, schools of humanities and arts produce the best researches. “But, the case is different in India as in most of our universities, departments of social sciences and arts lack good researches,” said Brigadier Ali.

Adding that teachers in Indian Universities should take the mantle and work for reviving university curriculums, AMU Pro Vice Chancellor Brigadier Ali said that teachers should encourage scholars to do industry and market based researches.

Chairperson of the Special Center for Sanskrit studies in Jawaharlal Nehru University, Professor Upender Rao, who attended the workshop as the guest of Honour said that teachers should select universal topics of research. “Researches should be genuine and expertise is necessary,” added Prof Rao.

While conducting the program, Convener of the Workshop, Prof Rani Majumdar said that Sanskrit is undoubtedly a repository and reservoir of our priceless ancient heritage.

She further pointed out that the objective of this workshop is related to research methodology. “Research involves various types of methods and the researchers should be well aware of these methods,” she added.

Prof Majumdar also said that researchers usually explore the issues that surround a particular topic, which they have chosen to work upon. “In humanities, the context is always important and this context can be social, historical, political, literary or cultural evaluation,” said Prof Majumdar.

“Since, the research in humanities is mainly based on texts, the researchers should use primary sources first and then they should go through the secondary sources as evidences to systematically investigate a topic of their choice,” urged Prof Majumdar.

While delivering the vote of thanks, the Chairman of AMU’s Department of Sanskrit, Prof Khalid Bin Yusuf Khan, said that it is an honour to have a National workshop in the Department of Sanskrit. “I am hoping that this workshop will be as successful as the other AMU programs,” said Prof Khan.

Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof Kafil Ahmad Qasmi and ACM Aligarh, Mr C L Sonkar also graced the occasion.