Former Gulbarga VC

Dr E T Puttaiah speaking on Research and Publication urged the need for socially relevant research work now

 Former vice chancellor of Gulbarga University Dr E T Puttaiah noted that the economy of a country largely depended on its research output.

Delivering the inaugural address at the two-day workshop on the topic ‘Research and Publication,’ organised by JSS College for Women on Friday Dr E T Puttaiah said, “Research in simple terms can be defined as a very systematic investigation on any material or source which has not been known earlier. It shed light on some new information pertaining to any subject matter.”

“Traditionally we can have two methods of research- a basic research and an applied research method. If we consider knowledge as a coin, basic research and applied research are two faces of the same coin; they both are interdependent and go hand in hand. Today the sad state of research is that an individual does research for the sake of securing a PhD. Instead the stress should be on bringing out research which is relevant to the public and the society at large.”

“Today we can see many theses with different titles but having same topics with very minute differences in review of literature. Whereas our aim in research should be to arrive at something new and that which benefits the human kind,” he added.

Today the advancement in technology has made the job of a researcher easy, as she or he can access information at fingertips. In a scenario such as this, a researcher should adopt greater standards to ensure quality and should ensure that the data is not manipulated. Also, equally important is to have a good mentor or guide to facilitate the researcher, he added.

Various technical sessions on topics such as how to pursue research, information sources for research and teaching, parameters for preparing questionnaires were held.

Director, College Development Council, University of Mysore Dr Lingaraj Gandhi, Additional Director, College Education Division Dr Mruthyunjaya P Kulenur, Principal Prof N Nagaraja and others were present. 

Dr E T Puttaiah, former VC of Gulbarga University, lamented the poor quality of research which was being churned out merely to secure a PhD.

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