Researchers should have a thorough review of previous studies before finalising their topics to avoid repetitions, S. Subbiah, Vice-Chancellor, Alagappa University, has said.
Addressing a two-day workshop on research methodology for research scholars of Alagappa University and Putra University, Malaysia, here on Friday, he said researchers should have a passion to delve deep into the subject selected for research.
Referring to the memorandums of understanding signed by Alagappa University with foreign universities, he said the participation of Putra University research scholars in the workshop would help them hone their skills and provide an opportunity to learn Indian culture. The technological innovations and the consequent use of multimedia in teaching and research had revolutionised the frontiers of research, he said and advised the researchers to obtain the skills for bringing out new knowledge to the outside world.
V. Balachandran, Registrar (in charge), said western countries spent huge sums of money for documentation of research work. He stressed the importance of research for a nation’s growth, on the lines of the corporate sector which accorded priority for research and development.
K. Manimekalai, former Vice-Chancellor, Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal, exhorted researchers to give importance to emerging trends and focus on contemporaneous problems. K. Karunakaran, former Vice-Chancellor of Tamil University, Thanjavur, said that in the changing scenario, the researchers should bear in mind that they worked for the world community. Collaboration and sharing of knowledge with other universities would be more profitable and relevant, he said.
Vijayaletchumy Subramanian of Putra University, Malaysia, said the programme provided an opportunity for cultural exchange. It would also provide synergy to scholars of both the universities, she added.