A week long Winter School on Research Methodology in Social Sciences began today at Dibrugarh University which is jointly organised by the University with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Guwahati. Research students from TISS and DU along with a group of students from The Universities of Bern and Zurich, Switzerland are also participating in the Winter School. Professor Sanjay Borbora of TISS, Guwahati, Professor Duncan McDuie-Ra from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Dr. Doly Kikon of Melbourne University and a group of young faculty members of Dibrugarh University led by Mr. Chandan Sarma of the Department of History are conducting the Winter School as the Mentors.
In the brief Inaugural function, attended by the Vice Chancellor, the Deans of the Schools, the Registrar, Professor MN DUtta and other faculty members,Mr. Chandan Sarma extended a warm welcome to the participants and the Mentors of the Winter School. Professor Sanjay Borbora of TISS, Guwahati, spoke briefly about the Winter School which is the third one this year after the first one held earlier in 2012. Professor Duncan, who has been involved with the Winter School over the years, drew the attention of the participating young research students to the unique features of the North East from the perspectives of research in Social Sciences. He also emphasised on the rigour of Field Research. Dr. Doly Kikon who did her doctoral research on the North East at Stanford University, the USA, traced the genesis of the series of Winter School on Social Science Research with the initial support from her PhD Supervisor.
Earlier, Professor Alak K Buragohain, the Vice Chancellor of DU appreciated the initiative of the TISS, Guwahati in organising the third Winter School in Social Sciences at Dibrugarh University. He made special mention about the significance of peer team cross talks across disciplines, referring to the participating scholars from multiple institutions from within and outside the country with diverse academic backgrounds and experiences.