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ICSSR Sponsored 10 Days Free Research Methodology Course by Nirma University

Ten Days Research Methodology Course for M.Phil./Ph.D./PDF Scholars in Social Sciences from September 4th to 14th 2023, Organized by Institute of Commerce, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, the course is Sponsored by Indian Council of Social SciencesResearch (ICSSR), New Delhi


This course aims to provide the participants with the knowledge, skills, and tools necessary to conduct scientific research effectively. The participants shall be familiarised with the data collection methods and shall be able to select appropriate data collection tools, develop measurement instruments, and ensure data reliability and validity.

Different data analysis techniques, including quantitative and qualitative methods shall be introduced and

participants shall learn how to analyze and interpret data using statistical software, qualitative coding, and thematic analysis.

The course further emphasizes ethical considerations in research, including obtaining informed consent, protecting participants’ privacy and confidentiality, and conducting research with integrity, preventing plagiarism.

The participants shall learn to present their research findings effectively through oral presentations, written reports, and academic writing.

Hand-on training sessions shall be conducted using relevant statistical software packages, e-library resources, and reference management.

Additionally, Paper Clinics shall facilitate fine-tuning the working research papers of the participants. The participants would be able to build a quality paper that shall be further reviewed and published into an edited book with ISBN from a renowned publisher.


  • E-library and e-resources, Zotero –Reference Management System
  • Use of Data in Social Sciences, CMIE Prowess Database
  • Data – Parametric and Non-Parametric Tests using SPSS
  • Regression Analysis, Logistic regression analysis using SPSS
  • Panel Data Analysis using STATA; Structural Equation Modelling using Smart PLS
  • Text mining, Thematic Analysis, and Content Analysis using NVIVO Software
  • Use of AI for Research, Bibliometric Analysis using VoSViewer and Biblioshiny
  • Paper Clinic: Structure of article, Ethics of academic Writing, Preventing Plagiarism, Publication Process, Journal Search Strategies, Responding to reviewers ‘comments, revisions.

The course will be conducted OFFLINE at the University c at the Nirma University campus. There is NO FEE as this is an ICSSR-funded Programme.

Number of Seats: There are 30 seats.

Applications are invited from registered M.Phil/Ph.D./PDF scholars in UGC-recognized Universities/ Colleges/ Institutions in any branch of social sciences. However, preference shall be given to research scholars from the disciplines of commerce, management, and allied disciplines.

Applications will be scrutinized on the basis of the strength of their motivation, stage of research, and first-time applicants for research Methodology/similar workshop. The selected candidates must submit the registration form duly signed and forwarded by the Ph.D. supervisor and the Head of Department/ Institute/ Dean/ Director as applicable. The registration form shall be emailed to the selected participants., stage of research, and first-time applicants for research Methodology/similar workshop.

Travel and Accommodation of Participants Attending the Course:

Accommodation arrangements shall be made for outstation participants on a twin-sharing basis. Travel costs of participants shall be reimbursed only for second class/sleeper class/ bus fare. There may be a capon travel cost reimbursement depending on the available budget. All meals (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner) shall be made available to all the participants.

Application Process:

Interested candidates are required to apply for the course through the online registration link-

You shall also be required to attach the following along with the online application:

  1. Ph.D. registration proof
  2. A 300-word summary stating the motivation for attending this course.

Important Dates:

  • The last date for submitting the online application form is August 6, 2023, until 12:00 noon.
  • Intimation to Selected Candidates -August 10, 2023
  • Confirmation by Selected Candidates –August 14, 2023
  • Communication of travel plans by the candidates – August 21, 2023

Contact Details:

Course Director: Prof. Udai Lal Paliwal

Co-Course Director: Dr. Sumita Shroff – +91-9427489770

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