About the cause
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Madras boasts of a vibrant and thriving culture of research in fields as varied as Literary Studies, Sociology, History, Economics, Gender Studies, Linguistics, Development Studies and so on. Our faculty, drawn from all over the country and the world, combine their commitment to teaching with the pursuit of cutting-edge research. We offer a five year Integrated masters programme in the English and Development Studies and pay special attention to harness their research skills as students are expected to submit a research project in their final year of the programme. Similarly, our PhD programme has substantially grown over these years and currently we have over hundred PhD scholars conducting research in various disciplines.
In this context, the department pays special attention to provide academic training in the field of research methodology for the PhD as well as masters students. Along with the regular methodology classes offered by our own faculty, the department has began an initiative to conduct highly focused research methodology workshops by external experts who are well known in their respective fields of research. In this academic year, the department hosted methodology workshops by eminent scholars such as Professors Sundar Sarukkai (NIAS, Bangalore), Dr.T.Kannan (NALSAR, Hyderabad), Prof.Bino Paul (TISS, Mumbai) and Prof. Rajendra Dengl (JNU, New Delhi). These lectures have benefitted our research scholars, our master’s students as well as our faculty and have resulted invariably in lively discussions. However, in view of budgetary constraints, we have often found it a challenge to invite eminent speakers from outside Chennai and to conduct this programme in a sustained manner. While we have tried our best to work around this by inviting them when they happen to visit the city for other reasons, this isn’t always possible. We would also like to extend the scope of our talks by inviting practitioners in the field such as writers, artists and so on. Similarly, many such workshops will be on quantitative and qualitative data analysis and on related themes and this will be of interest to a wider section of the student and faculty community in IIT Madras.
How the money will be used
The money will be used mainly to support to and fro travel of speakers from within the country, their accommodation costs at Taramani guesthouse and a nominal honorarium.