October 20, 2014: XLRI - Xavier School of Management, one of India's premier B-Schools, organised the "XLRI Doctoral Colloquium 2014" - Academic meeting of Doctoral students from B-schools across India. The 2-day academic meet organised by the FPM & Research Department of XLRI was held at XLRI Campus, Jamshedpur on 18th & 19th October, 2014. The event witnessed participation of research scholars from across India and eminent academicians from IIMs and XLRI who conducted workshops to provide participants hands-on training in using latest tools and techniques in research work.
The objective of this academic meet was to bring research scholars pursuing PhD and Fellow Programme in Management across India to discuss and learn about the latest developments in the field of management and get an exposure to the current best practices in research that are being adopted worldwide.
The XLRI Doctoral Colloquium 2014" was inaugurated by Prof. Pranabesh Ray, Dean [Academics], XLRI; Fr. S. George, Dean [Administration], XLRI; Prof. Sanjay Patro, Associate Dean [FPM & Research] and Prof. Ganesh Prabhu from IIM, Bangalore as the key-note speaker.
The inaugural session set the tone with discussion on the importance of research in Academia. The speakers emphasized on the necessity of original research in new areas. While Prof. Pranabesh Ray, Dean [Academics], XLRI highlighted on the need of approaching research with a mindset of curiosity and a genuine intention of finding about the truth behind things, Fr. S. George, Dean [Administration],XLRI brought home the point that the strongest instinct in human beings is not the survival instinct but the instinct of holding onto familiar things. Human beings, he said, were generally afraid of letting go of their hold on the familiar things.
And this in turn limits their ability of exploring new things in research. Prof. Sanjay Patro, Associate Dean [FPM & Research] XLRI, in his address, recalled the glory of Indian research and intellectual exploration in the ancient times - how scholars from far and abroad came to India in quest of knowledge. He also pointed to the fact that a significant portion of the incomes of leading institutes and universities came from marketing their intellectual property.
Prof. Ganesh Prabhu in his keynote address, pointed to the dramatic change in the research arena. He highlighted the implications of publishing in terms of financial returns and career growth for a researcher in the present times. He said there were immense possibilities of utilizing academic research in finding solutions to societal problems.
Later in his workshop, Prof. Prabhu dealt in detail as to why researchers in India had a difficult time getting their papers published in reputed international journals. His discussion on the do's and don'ts for getting published in these journals was very insightful for the participants.
The two days event held workshops on Structural Equation Modelling by Prof. Anand Jaiswal of IIM, Ahmedabad; The Science and Art of Publishing by Prof. Ganesh Prabhu of IIM, Bangalore; Art of Choosing Research Topics by Prof. E. Sreenivas of XLRI; and Understanding Interpretive Research by Prof. Rohit Varman of IIM, Calcutta.
In the valedictory function, the guest of honor Prof. Jitendra Singh, XLRI, regaled the audience with his experiences of his Ph.D journey in pre-google and pre- computer days. He exhorted the research scholars to do research that impacts organizations. He said that researchers need to write in a simple language so that knowledge is disseminated. A researcher has to transfer the ideas to classroom and share it with the students. He advised the students not to become methodology-oriented but become clear of the concepts. A clear concept and a good methodology will help one do good work that can make a mark.
Dr. Sanjay Patro, Associate Dean, FPM & Research, XLRI & Chairman of Organizing Committee commented on the occasion, "The XLRI Doctoral Colloquium was an effort towards creating a conducive eco-system for research in India. Through this academic meet we aimed to bring research scholars pursuing PhD and Fellow Programme in Management across India to engage, learn and connect among them to discuss and learn about the latest developments in the field of management. We intend to make the Doctoral Colloquium an annual event."
XLRI -Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur is a premier, private management institute in India founded in 1949 by Fr Quinn Enright, S.J. in the ‘steel city' of Jamshedpur. To know more, visit: www.xlri.ac.in
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