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Annexure –I Syllabi for PGDRMeth/ Pre-Ph. D. Program RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

Research Methodology (PGDRMeth) part of Ph.D. Program comprises six papers and two projects. The following are the papers: Paper I Paper II Paper III : Theory and Philosophy of Research Methodology : Theory of Sampling and Parametric Statistics : Quantitative Methods of Data Analysis: Candidates may choose either Option I: Mathematical Models and Methods of Management Research, or Option II: Parametric and Stochastic Methods in Management Research, or Option III: Models of Research in Management Science; or Option IV: Econometric Methods in Management Research. : Any one of the following options may be chosen: Option I: Non Parametric Methods of Research in Management, or Option II: Methods and Models of HRP and HRM – Macro and Micro, or Option III: Methods and Models of Marketing Research, or Option IV: Methods and Models of Research in Finance. : Recent Advances in Theory & Practice of Management/ Economics/ Commerce (Seminar Paper). : Quantitative and Non-Quantitative Modeling of Business/ Economy (Seminar Paper) Paper V and VI are Seminar papers which will focus on review of literature by the candidates on their respective topics of Research. : Project I: The project has to be based on data generated for investigation of the problem for Ph. D. Dissertation. : Project II: The project has to be based on data generated for investigation of the problem for Ph. D. Dissertation.

Paper IV

Paper V Paper VI

Paper VII

Paper VIII


The objective of the Pre-Ph. D. course is to a) Endow scholars with adequate knowledge to understand and appreciate the nature, complexities and challenges of research on the one hand, and equip them with knowledge and skills that will enable them to exercise choice between available techniques or methods of analysis of data and interpretation of results with reference to the objectives of a particular topic of investigation and the nature and limitations of data / information base of research on the other; b) Highlight the deeper implications of results for theory and policy as well as identify areas for further research with an appreciation and understanding of limitations of the results obtained by the candidate himself/herself, particularly the otiose-type results, which may be specific to a particular method or data base or theoretical framework chosen for analysis. c) Enable scholars to i) avoid the choice of inappropriate methods or method mismatched with the objective and/or data base, and ii) extricate and excavate all the results that are explicit or implicit in the analysis. d) Enable scholars to identify their own contribution. Teaching/Learning The learning mode will consist of lectures, seminars, group work, cases, self study of the modules and discussion. Teaching modules shall be made available to the scholars, preferably in advance, on nominal payment. The classroom lectures, seminars, discussion and presentations will invariably be followed by illustrations and applications to problems. Applications, explanations and illustrations of the concepts, theories, procedures and methods will be enriched by references to the individual topics of investigation of individual scholars. Scholars have to bring data pertaining to their own research investigation for this purpose. Special attention shall be paid to data massaging and interpretation of results obtained from the application of specific methods/techniques. Data may, however, be primary or secondary. Naturally, it is not text bookish teaching or learning. Emphasis is more on application, learning by doing and interpretation of results.


The course contents of the papers are detailed below: Paper – I Philosophy and Theory of Research Methodology

Objective of the paper is to familiarize the scholars with the a) approach to research and its design; b) role of methodology; and c) philosophical, theoretical, ideological and originality...
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