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Research Projects of → Library & Information Science Department

Project Title :
Methodological Developments and Innovations in Social Science Research: An Assessment of the Research Methods Employed in the Disciplines of Political Science and Sociology
Principal Investigator and Affiliation : Dr.Jyotshna Sahoo
Co-Investigator and Affiliation :
Funding Agency : Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi
Amount Sanction and Duration : 10 Lakhs   -   March, 2016 to March, 2018
Project Proposal :

Research is the backbone of innovation and creativity and it is an essential stimulant for the development of global knowledge economy. Research is a systematic inquiry to discover new facts and the aim of research is to solve any immediate practical problem, to unravel the mysteries of nature, to learn the behaviour or properties of living or non-living entities in this universe. Novelty is the heart of research where as objectivity is the rule of this art. While basic research continues to be the responsibilities of academic and learned bodies, applied research is oriented towards solving problem of various kinds. Since society subsists on information and knowledge, research has acquired new pace and dimension in the era of knowledge society and it is regarded as a determinant force in supporting and shaping sustainable future of a nation. While research is considered as the driving force behind the emerging knowledge society, research methodology is known, as the way to find out the result of a given research problem on a specific subject matter. It comprises the theoretical analysis of the body of methods and principles associated with a branch of knowledge. Typically, it encompasses concepts such as paradigm, theoretical model, phases and quantitative or qualitative techniques.” The basic intent of the present research work is:

  • To identify the kinds of research methods employed in the disciplines of Political Science and Sociology at the national and global context.
  • To find out the usage trend of various research methods across the research topics in the disciplines of Political Science and Sociology.
  • To find out the most frequently and widely used research methods and to prepare a rank list of the methods on the basis of count and articles using specific methodology.
  • To identify the methodological innovations and the research areas in which the innovations are employed across the two disciplines.
  • To locate the innovations in methods within the two disciplines as regards to the geographical as well as at institutional context.

The results of the study will provide fair knowledge of the recent developments and innovations made by the Social Scientists both inside and outside India as well as the institutional context of the innovations that is whether the institutions are Universities, research centers or other institutes and the scope of implementing the methods in Indian context. Social Scientists will be made aware of what methodologies and what subject domains are in wide use and the preferences of journals for the two.