Welcome to Indian Social Science Council

Capacity Building Programme for Faculty in Social Sciences

I. The Objective of the Course:-

The objective of the course will be to develop research capabilities among young faculty and to turn completed research into publishable material in the form of journal articles/books:

Specifically, the objectives will be to

  1. Develop capacity for conceptualising and writing research proposals
  2. Enhance skills to prepare an appropriate research design, including conducting an overview of literature, formulating research questions and hypotheses, collection of information and analysis
  3. Enhance capacity for writing a research paper for publication
  4. Develop the capacity for planning and writing a book
  5. Develop the capacity for grant applications

II. Course Outline

The course has been designed in a modular format with an emphasis on interactive sessions, exercises and a discussion of sample research papers/outlines prepared by the participants during the training. The aim is to give participants hands-on experience in preparing a project proposal and conducting a research project. The course is expected to benefit participants from all social sciences. There is also an option for participants to specialize in either qualitative or quantitative methods.

The course can be of either 2 or 3 weeks duration. The 2-week course is self-contained. The third week is an add-on component to the 2-week course and is meant to provide participants actual experience in designing and executing a small research proposal. The 3 week course will have an integrated course structure evolving progressively from lower order to higher order skills

It is up to the course directors to decide which course to conduct. This would depend on the availability of resource persons as well as of interest by participants and their ability to attend a 3-week course.

The host institution can organize either the 2 or 3-week course. In a 3 week course, participants should have the freedom – intimated beforehand – if they intend to participate for 2 or 3 weeks

The individual sessions and the components that can be covered in the first 2 weeks are listed below first, followed by the outline for Week Three. This is an indicative outline that course directors can modify depending on the background of the participants and their interests. However, the basic structure of the course should be as under.

Week One will deal with formulating research proposals and research design and offering participants an introduction to research methods. Week Two will deal with academic writing for a journal/writing a project report. A special feature of the second week will be the conduct of a “paper clinic

The course will also have two separate modules for specialization in qualitative and quantitative analysis.


(Each session could be of 3 hours duration and can be broken up into lectures/interactions of one to 1.5 hours. So each session will have 2-3 lectures/discussions)

Session -1
Meaning and aspects of research

Session -2
Research Design

Session -3
Field Research

Session -4
Observation and Case Study

Session -5

Session -6
Survey Method and Sampling, Basic Quantitative Analysis

Session -7
Analysis of Qualitative and Quantitative Data

Session -8
Ethics and Politics of Research

Session -9 And 10
Focus on Qualitative or Quantitative/ Research

Qualitative Research:

If the focus of the programme is on qualitative research, then in addition to this basic research methods course, outlined above, a selection of the following areas could be covered

Quantitative Research:

If the focus of the programme is on quantitative research, then in addition to the basic research methods course, outlined above, a selection of the following areas could be covered:


Week Two will be devoted to exposure to academic writing. This will cover writing of research papers, reports and books. It will have 10 sessions over five days and it will be divided into two parts: Part I will be six sessions of lectures/interactive sessions on the main elements of academic writing and publication. Part II will be a “Paper Clinic” of 4 sessions where actual examples of papers/outlines will be taken up for discussion

Session -11
Academic Writing

Session -12
Ethics in Academic Writing

Session -13

Session -14
Elements of writing

Session -15
Research Proposal

Session -16
Publication Process

For the Sessions 11-13 national level resource persons would be preferred. However, a local expert with expertise would also contribute immensely to the discussions. Care should be taken that the resource persons continuously engage with the Paper Clinic (see below) which is the core of the paper writing exercise.. The technique may be decided by the resource persons and this could be discussed in advance with the Director/co director of the course.

Paper Clinic

(Two days-Four Sessions)

The idea in the Paper Clinic is to give the participants an opportunity to demonstrate what they have been exposed to in the previous 10 days by working with an actual paper/outline. This is a crucial element of the course and both the course directors and participants must give this module careful attention.

The clinic over two days can be organised in either of the following two ways:


Field work/Library Project

The third week will aim to train participants in designing a small research project and to actually carry it out, write it up and discuss it among themselves

This third week would see participants identify an issue for detailed exploration through either field or library work. This would be followed up by the participants writing up a short article (3000-4000 words) based on their research work during the week. A select number of articles will be discussed in the final day of the week

Week three could be structured as under:

III. Duration of the Course and Number of Participants

The duration of the course, as suggested above, will be of two/three weeks. Any teacher interested in the third week course may continue and a new teacher who has done the 2-week course earlier may join the course for the third week only.

The total number of participants should be in the range of 25-30, preferably 25.
For a course under a Special Component Plan there should be more than 50% of participants from SC/ST category. However, in case of non availability of SC/ST participants the quorum to run the programme should be 1/4th of the total participants from the SC/ST category.

IV. Criteria for the Selection of Participants

The course will be open to all faculty members of social science disciplines in research institutions, colleges and university postgraduate departments. Participants should have a minimum of a post-graduate degree.

An applicant must show evidence of his research aptitude and he/she should submit HIS academic details in a proforma to be prescribed by the ISSC including his academic plan to engage in research and publication after undertaking the course.

A person engaged in teaching and research in rural areas will be preferred. At least 33% of the participants should be women. Applicant belonging to SC/STs, OBCs and minorities should be given preference. Person with disabilities should also be given preference. ISSC should develop a proforma for applicants, which in addition to asking for all educational and work experience details and publication experience, will ask for the following:
(a) 400-word write-up on the research and publication plan after the workshop,
(b) 400-word write-up on any book/research report/article that he/she has read in the past year and (c) 200-word write-up on how research engagement will influence his teaching and engagement with the students.

V. Eligibility Criteria for Course Directors

The Director should be a person of the rank of Professor/Associate Professor in disciplines relating to the social sciences and humanities and he or she must have a distinguished publication record. The Co-Director of the course shall be a person of the rank of Associate/Assistant Professor and must also have published at least two articles in journals.

The Director or Co-Director of the course should preferably be a woman.

Under the Special Component Plan course, generally meant for SC/ST faculty members, the course must have either the Director or the Co-Director a person from the SC/ST community. For a course under the Special Component plan the Co- Director of the course may be of the rank of Assistant Professor.

VI. Resource Persons

A list of resource persons has been prepared of faculty with publication experience from both universities and ISSC institutions. Course directors can draw on this “National pool” for inviting resource persons.

At least 50% of the resource persons should be selected from the National pool and the rest may be drawn locally

A resource person should be invited at least for three sessions (each session having duration of three hours with 2/3 lectures). The resource person may deliver one/two lectures and should preferably be available for interaction with the participants during the rest of the period. Course Directors should discourage the practice of national resource persons participating for just one lecture/session.

A local resource person must have sufficient experience in conducting a research methodology course or have sufficient exposure to the different aspects of research and paper writing.

VII. Budget Estimates (Maximum)

Two Weeks

If the programme organized for Three Week, maximum 4 lakh grant may be provided for third week

The budgets provided above should be seen as the maximum possible. Every attempt should be made to contain costs.

Since a fair number of participants in most workshops will be local participants we visualize a considerable saving of costs in travel and boarding/lodging.

VIII. Monitoring and Evaluation of the Workshop

There will be participant evaluation of the workshop. A proforma for evaluation is attached (Annexure 1)

In addition, all resource persons shall be requested to reflect on the participants' motivation level and the overall management of the workshop. ISSC may also like to send an observer, wherever it feels necessary.

The Course Director will be expected, after a year, to follow up with the participants to assess if any of them have embarked on a research project or have prepared an article for publication.

One year after the programme has begun, an ISSC committee will assess its working and recommend changes if any in the structure of the workshop.

Besides, at the end of the 12th Plan there shall be an overall evaluation of all the capacity building programs undertaken. Some sort of impact analysis of the workshop needs to be undertaken at the end of 12th Plan.

IX. Obligation of the Organising Institute

The Institute hosting the workshop should provide overall management and facilities such as lodging, canteens, venue management of the workshop. The organising institution shall provide the audited accounts of expenditure of the workshop within six months of the conduct of the workshop.

The Director of the course shall be responsible for the overall management and timely delivery of all the classes and active engagement of the participant during the workshop. The Co-Director will assist the Director in discharging the overall responsibility of conducting the workshop.

X. Advertising and Publicity

There workshop should be advertised in important newspapers and reputed journals. Letters on the workshop should be sent to all the universities and research institutions by the ISSC.