ERIC Number: ED060246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Committee on Social Science Research.
Planning Commission, New Delhi (India).
This document is an English-language abstract (approximately 1,500 words) summarizing the findings of the Committee on Social Science Research. Their investigations into student research revealed that whereas there was an increasing rate of registration for a Ph.D. degree, there was a parallel high incidence of dropouts; some 80% of candidates who began Ph.D. work dropped out between 1955 and 1963. This drifting away from research was noted by the Committee to be a real problem involving a substantial waste of resources. Research in part fullfillment of degrees was found to be very mediocre in quality. Regarding faculty research, the work carried out in universities is sparse; 85% of the university departments contacted by the committee to furnish an inventory of their research work did not report. A review of the research in the individual social science disciplines revealed poor results, with economics alone showing marked progress. Some nine factors were found to have hindered the growth of social science research, the most significant being that 90% of financial support goes for natural sciences research. There is also a great shortage of trained research personnel. Very few adequate research facilities exist. There is an absence of planning and coordination, and the Committee presents its suggestions for improvement. (Author/GDB)
Descriptors: Abstracts, Economics, Facility Requirements, Financial Support, Research Criteria, Research Methodology, Research Opportunities, Research Problems, Social Sciences, Student Research
Available in CEAS Abstract Series No. 1-4 (ED 060 227)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Planning Commission, New Delhi (India).
Identifiers: Committee on Social Science Research; India