Good researchers at all times can impact upon the decision making bodies and one can be proud in bringing changes in society with their researches! To initiate this change, vibrant 14 participants from various parts of India, specifically from Kerala attended the three day residential “CPPR Introductory course on Social Science Research Methods” from 23rd -25th May 2013 at Cochin, Kerala, India That included students pursuing their final year graduation and post graduation, scholars pursuing MPhil and PhD and NGO personnel.

RM Course photo The Introductory Course was aimed to provide an overview of Research Methods for aspiring Researchers and those who have initiated Research. The Course was structured to involve the major aspects required for laying the foundation of Research for students pursuing Research. First day comprised of 4 sessions which include Research methods and strategies dealt by Dr Martin Patrick (Director of Rural Academy for Management Studies providing Professional Management education for rural students) and Philosophy of Research by Mr Aneish .P. Rajan (Assistant Director, Directorate of Central Excise Intelligence under Ministry of Finance, Government of India); Literature review by Dr S.Muraleedharan (Professor, SNG college of Engineering, Kolenchery & Research Superviser, Dept. of Economics, Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam) and Research  Writing by Antony Dawson(Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Government Law College Thrissur).

Problem definition by Dr Sebastian Rupert Mampilly (Professor, School of Management Studies, CUSAT) and Sampling Methods by Dr Martin Patrick were the major highlights of the second day.

The last and the third day was completely allotted for Data design and software packages by Dr Alice Mani Jacob (Senior consultant and freelance trainer in SPSS) where participants got hands on experience which was well acclaimed.

The workshop was also made alive by engaging the participants in the group activities and there was question and answer after each session where the faculties cleared the doubts of the research aspirants.

It was a proud moment for CPPR for guiding young and energetic participants for three days on research methodology and this was just a humble beginning for the long run course of CPPR. CPPR will be announcing the dates for the next course on Research Methodology. We would like the interested researchers to keep a look on for that !!