The National Level Seminar Cum Workshop on Qualitative Research Techniques in Social Sciences was organized by the Post Graduate and Research Department of Social Work on 3rd and 4th March 2016. The Chief Guest for the Inaugural Function was Dr. G.K. Karanth, Professor of Sociology and Director of Research Institution and National Fellow ICSSR. Dr. G.K. Karanth in his Inaugural address spoke on a few key issues and concerns in social sciences especially the unfortunate separation of Qualitative and Quantitative research. The Inauguration was followed by Technical Sessions where various methods of Qualitative Research were discussed. The participants consisted of Academicians, Professionals from various NGOs and Academic Institutions, Research Scholars, and Students of various Institutions across the country.
Dr C.M.J. Bosco, Principal, Holy Cross Arts and Science College for Women, Tirupattur, Tamil Nadu conducted a session on "Perspective Building &Philosophy Of Qualitative Research" Dr. Bosco explained the scope of the Qualitative research in the area of social sciences, such as: Sociology, Social Work intervention studies, evaluation studies etc. He also gave insights on how a researcher can keep aside his subjectivity and be objective at all levels of his research and create an authentic knowledge construction for the enrichment of the discipline.
Dr. G.K Karanth, National Fellow, ICSSR, with his charismatic presentation ignited the interests of the delegates on the subject Observation and In-depth interview. Dr Karanth quoted his mentor M.N. Srinivas, a world renowned sociologist and through his work "A Remembered Village" gave the delegates a deep overview of observation technique, he said observation is founded on the theory of symbolic interactionism.
Dr. R. Nalini, Associate Professor of Social Work, Head I/C-Centre for Women Studies, Pondicherry University, demonstrated on "Focus Group Discussion" and "Case Study" in the technical session. Dr. Nalini described the need of having adequate skill and knowledge in a Researcher to facilitate a group discussion.
The second day of the seminar was initiated by Dr. F.X. Lovelina Little Flower, Professor & Head, Department of Social Work, Bharathiar University who introduced the concept of "Ethnography" and "Participatory Action Research".Dr. Lovelina threw light on the history of Ethnography and the characteristic features of ethnography, methodology of ethnographic research, types of ethnographic studies and the major components of critical ethnography.
Dr. M. Selvam, Prof.& Head of International Business and Commerce, Alagappa University spoke on the topic "Phenomenology, Grounded Theory and Content Analysis" in his first session. Dr. M. Selvam discussed "Qualitative Data Analysis" in the following session and described on the nature of content analysis, development of content analysis, types, advantages and challenges of content analysis, rational content analysis, steps for conducting it. The National Seminar was concluded on 04th March 2016 with the Valedictory function.