Capacity building for research scholars begins

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Kohima, May 8: A two-week long capacity building programme aimed at developing research capabilities among young faculty members in social sciences and also to bring out completed research into publishable material of high quality in the form of journal articles and book got underway at Nagaland University, Meriema Campus.
In his brief address, Pro-Vice Chancellor, NU Prof RC Gupta opined that there is a gap in demand and supply in education due to the challenges faced by the educators with the change of time.
Therefore, he said capacity building is to fill the gap and make a balance whereby the teachers can hone their skills and knowledge and increase their self-efficiency.
He also reminded the scholars that if one wants to progress in life one must develop the capacity to go through failures, and also to develop the resistance that failure should not be an obstacle towards achieving the best outcome.
Delivering the keynote address at the inaugural programme, Prof. Buno Liegise said the objectives of the programme is in conformity with UGC guidelines for capacity building programmes in the country with the focus on the development of research, capabilities and investigative skills.
Pointing out that there is no end to learning research methods and procedures, Liegise said there is a need to learn and equip oneself with new ways of investigation and assessment as the years goes by with new and advance changes in the perspectives and theories.
Stating that research and development forms a very significant part of higher, she asserted that teachers need to engage in research activities not only for personal competence but for the sake of the society’s development.
Teachers, she said must be encouraged to engage in research with new sets of skills and renewed zest which in today’s time undeniably has become paramount.
On review of literature, she reminded the scholars on the importance of quality of literature and not on the quantity and also on the methodology one chooses as research tools which will determine the quality, reliability and validity of the research.
As teaching profession is one of the most demanding vocations, Liegise therefore, said in order to play their roles and fulfill their responsibilities with dedication, teachers need continuous education and training.
Teachers, she said also require constant motivation and regular mental, emotional and spiritual rejuvenation and expressed hope that the teachers with new perspectives and approaches of research and their capacity as teacher will grow and strengthened through this programme.
The programme organised by the Department of Education and Department of Teacher Education, NU Kohima Campus is being fully sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, Ministry of Human resource Development, Government of India. It will conclude on May 21.
Altogether 30 participants, 20 from 14 states and 10 from Kohima are taking part in the two-week long programme covering various subjects viz. commerce, economics, education, business, administration, physical education, political science, psychology, teach education, Tenyidie and women studies.
(Page News Service)