Ten Day Free Research Methodology Course for M.Phil./Ph.D./PDF Scholars in Social Sciences

Organizer: Department of Library and Information Science & Department of Political Science & Public Administration, ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY, Indian Council of Social Science Research, (ICSSR), New Delhi

  • When: January 22 to January 31, 2024
  • There is no Registration Fee for participation in this course
  • Mode: Offline Only
  • Travel allowance will be Provided
  • Food will be provided to all Participants at free of Cost

The Research Methodology course for M.Phil./Ph.D./PDF Scholars in Social Sciences comprises various essential objectives. It instructs students in formulating research designs, conducting literature reviews, identifying research gaps, and defining research objectives, questions, and hypotheses. The course emphasizes conceptualizing research concepts and developing research proposals, utilizing both qualitative and quantitative research methods. It also provides practical exposure to statistical software for data analysis and covers reference management, publication processes, journal selection, database usage, manuscript handling, and citation formats. Overall, this course equips aspiring social science researchers with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in their research endeavors, both in academic and professional contexts.

A Scholar doing M.Phil / Ph.D./PDF in any branch of social sciences in a UGC-recognized university/ deemed university/colleges/institutes of national importance and ICSSR Research Institutes is eligible to apply in the prescribed format given and their application should be duly forwarded by the affiliating institution. Selected candidates will be informed through e-mail. The number of seats is limited to 30 from social science disciplines, out of which ten (10) are from hosting institution, ten (10) from within the state, and ten (10) from outside the state.

  • M.Phil./Ph.D./PDF registration certificates.
  • Coursework completion certificate (if applicable).
  • Caste certificate (if applicable).
  • Write a brief statement (up to 300 words) explaining your reasons for wanting to participate in the course.

How to Apply

Interested research scholars can apply for the ten-day Research Methodology Course sponsored by ICSSR by submitting a duly filled Registration Form (See Last Page) to the Course Director on or before December 31, 2023. The scanned copy of the registration form (the original registration form should be produced on the first day of the Course), along with the following documents, should be emailed to aurmcicssr2024@gmail.com

Accommodation and Travel Allowance

Accommodation will be provided only to outstation participants in University Guest House Hotels on sharing basis from 21st January, 2024 (Evening) to 1st February, 2024 (Morning). Travel allowance by shortest distance (Train Fare/ Bus Fare – Sleeper Class only) will be reimbursed to the outstation participants after submitting original tickets. Food will be provided to all Participants at free of Cost.

Important Dates

  • Last date of receipt of the complete application form – 31 December, 2023
  • Intimation to selected candidates – 5 January, 2024
  • Confirmation of participation by the applicants – 10 January, 2024

Organizing Committee
Chief Patron: Prof. RM. Kathiresan, Vice-Chancellor, Annamalai University

Patron:Prof. R. Singaravel, Registrar i/c, Annamalai University

Vice Patron:Dr. K. Vijayarani, Dean, Faculty of Arts

Course Director: Dr. M. Sadik Batcha, Professor & Head, Department of Library and Information
Science, Annamalai University

C0-Course Director: Dr. C. Subramanian. Professor, Department of Political Science & Public Administration, Annamalai University


Dr. D. Devanathan, Prof. & Head, Dept. of Pol. Sci. & Pub. Admn., Annamalai University
Dr. P. Sakthivel, Professor, Dept. of Pol. Sci. & Pub. Admn., Annamalai University
Dr. K. Vijayakumar, Associate Professor, Dept. of Lib. and Info. Sci., Annamalai University
Dr. K. Sivasami, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Lib. and Info. Sci., Annamalai University


Course Director: Dr. M.Sadik Batcha, Professor & Head, Department of Library and Information
Science, Annamalai University- Mobile: + 91 94436 65624, Email: msbau@rediffmail.com

Course Co-Director: Dr. C.Subramanian, Professor, Department of Political Science & Public Administration, Annamalai University- Mobile: + 91 94433 39194 / 70103 56616, Email: drcsubramaniann@yahoo.com

About University

Annamalai University, accredited with ‘A+’ Grade by NAAC in 2022, is one of India’s largest public residential universities with a sprawling campus of nearly 1000 acres is one of the largest residential Universities in Southern Asia comprising of 10 Faculties and 49 departments of study located at Chidambaram: The Adobe of the Cosmic Dancer Lord Nataraja. Founded in the early 1920s by Rajah Sir S. R. M. Annamalai Chettiar with the aim of promoting Tamil Literature and serving the downtrodden, the institution evolved over time. In 1929, it transitioned into Annamalai University, as per the Annamalai
University Act 1928 (Tamil Nadu Act 1 of 1929). Since then, it has consistently played a pivotal role in shaping lives locally and globally. In 2013, the Annamalai University Act, 2013 (Tamil Nadu Act 20 of 2013), came into effect. This prestigious institution offers a diverse range of disciplines and departments, along with state-of-the-art facilities such as sports pavilions, gymnasiums, libraries, and yoga/meditation halls. Annamalai University is not just a place of learning but a holistic ecosystem that fosters education, research, innovation, and community service, making it a true “university” in every sense.

About the Organizing Departments

The Department of Library and Information Science at Annamalai University, established in 1979, is a pioneering institution in India, providing modern education and practical training in Library Science. They offer various programs, including M.Lib.I.Sc., Ph.D., and more, aiming to prepare individuals for careers as librarians, information professionals, and knowledge managers. Additionally, the department offers programs such as M.Lib.I.Sc. (5 Year Integrated) and PGDLAN under the Directorate of Distance Education. On the other hand, the Department of Political Science & Public Administration, founded in 1981, focuses on producing well-informed citizens and offers a range of programs, including M.A. Political Science (Integrated & CBCS) and Ph.D. programs. It encourages curiosity about politics, global affairs, and fosters logical inquiry into the discipline, all with the aim of creating moral and model citizens of the world.

About the ICSSR

The Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) was established in 1969 by the Government of India with the primary objective of promoting and facilitating research in the field of social sciences within the country. It plays a pivotal role in supporting research endeavors by offering grants for various projects, facilitating fellowships for scholars, encouraging international collaborations, enhancing research capacity, conducting surveys, and promoting publications.

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