National Workshop on Academic writing and Ethics in Research organised at GNDU

National Workshop on Academic writing and Ethics in Research organised at GNDU

Amritsar, December 09, 2020: “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon the world” the expert quoted the words of Albert Camus at a Seven days National online workshop on “Academic writing and Ethics in Research” was organized by School of Education of Guru Nanak Dev University under the aegis of PMMMNMTT, Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education. As many as eighty participants from various Institutions participated & explored a wide range of topics designed to help them develop writing, editing and re-writing skills in Research as well as gain knowledge about authentic publication processes.

Prof Harish Chander Rathore, Vice Chancellor, Central University of South Bihar, Gaya in the valedictory session elucidated that Academic writing is an integral process of research and generation of scientific knowledge. Research in its real essence is a sincere and whole hearted problem solving endeavour, he shared that state of publication of research in the field of social sciences is not up to the mark as honesty, commitment, objectivity and critical analysis of the data is missing in a big way. Unethical and unscientific methods are a common practice. He further implored that a self-introspection is needed on the part of both researchers and the supervisors in research community to find the real cause behind the dearth of publication of quality researches in the field of social sciences and make sincere efforts to make the research process scientific.

Professor V.K. Malhotra, Member Secretary, Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi. A seasoned professor in Economics and Educational Administrator, with long standing experience inaugurated the workshop. Speaking on the occasion, he elaborated on the need of ethics in research and institutional ethics. He reiterated that research ethics refers to a wide variety of values, norms, and institutional arrangements that help constitute and regulate scientific activities. Universities and colleges have a statutory responsibility for ensuring that research, education and academic and artistic development are of high quality and conducted in accordance with recognised scientific, artistic, pedagogical and ethical principles. He also spoke elaboratively citing illustrations on the ethical principles like Honesty, Objectivity, Integrity, Carefulness, Openness, Respect for Intellectual Property, Confidentiality, Responsible Publication, Responsible Mentoring, Respect for Colleagues, Social Responsibility, Non-Discrimination, Competence, Legality, Animal Care, and Human Subjects Protection which should be followed by the educationists as follower by other disciplines.

Prof (Dr.) AmitKauts, Project coordinator shared the theme, its objectives & schedule of the programme with the participants in the welcome address, Dr. DeepaSikandKauts, Head, Department of Education of the University shared that the aim of workshop was to develop the Researcher’s ability to prepare and publish quality research papers in reputed journals, along with the critical thinking and academic writing skills.

A rigorous schedule of technical sessions was conducted to familiarize and facilitate the conduct of Workshop. Besides the technical sessions, prayer and yoga sessions were also conducted on daily basis. During the workshop, eminent resource persons representing leading higher educational institutions in India and abroad led the technical sessions, Prominent among them were;Dr. Shahnawaz, Director (UNIGIS South and Southeast Asia) Interfaculty Department of Geo informatics – Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria,Dr. HemaRamanathan, Associate Professor (Retd.)College of Education University of West Georgia Carrollton, U.S.A,Dr. Dr. VaishnaNarang, (Retd.) Professor of Linguistics, Former Dean, School of Languages, Literature and Cultural Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, NewDelhi, Dr. Shireesh Pal Singh, Associate Professor, School of Education, Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya , Wardha,Dr. SourishDasgupta, CEO and Co-founder at RAx Labs,Dr. AmarendraPani, Deputy Director & Head, Research Division Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi,Ms. RituNidhiJha, Communication &Information Services, JNU, New Delhi,Prof. S.K. Sharma, Department of Management, Panjab University, Chandigarh&Ms. RevathyVishwanath,Deputy DirectorRP (RPR & RPS) Division incharge,ICSSRArunaAsaf Ali Marg,New Delhi.

The topics for the workshop included;Structure, style and nuances of language use for academic writing, How is English for academic writing different from normal communication in English?Learning to write, How to write thesis, a term paper, a proposal for a project or a final project report. Steps to structure an article for national/ international publication,Academic Publications in Govt. of India Initiatives, Writing theoretical articles (Referencing Tools & Techniques), Writing a Paper Developing and Analysing Research Writing, Ethics and Academic Writing, How to select an appropriate quality journal for publication, Referencing tools, Ensuring Ethical orientation and Quality in Research : managing expectations of various stakeholders, Best practices in publications,Plagiarism & ways & means to test plagiarism.

Prof (Dr.) AmitKauts, Project coordinator, presented the report of the seven days workshop. He shared that to make the workshop practical oriented, the participants were divided into eight groups; they were continually monitored and facilitated for the group assignments. Each group prepared a thematic paper, a research proposal and a sample of summarizingskill as the outcome of the workshop sessions. He further shared that the collaborated work of participants and experts of the workshop would be translated into a resource book for the reference of researchers.

MsNavneetKaur presented the report of the workshop and the Participants, namely DrSushanta Kumar Panda &Mr Sanjay Shindeshared their reflections on the faculty programme during the valedictory session.

Dr. DeepaSikandKauts congratulated the participants on the successful completion of the programme. At the same time, conveyed her gratitude to all the speakers for enriching sessions & appreciated support of the administration for such faculty development programmes in the university.

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