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Prof.

Veena Poonacha
Research Centre for Womens Studies

Research

is an exciting process of
discovering new knowledge
It also requires hard work
The research proposal/outline is the first
step in the road towards the Degree
It provides the road map for your research
study
Subsequent changes in the research
framework will require the permission of the
Research Recognition Committee of the
University
Take time in planning your research topic

Develop

familiarity with the area of research


you wish to undertake
This requires background reading on the area
of research, relevant theories and possible
methodologies
Find out if similar studies have been
undertaken by other scholars.

Critically

identify the gaps in the available


body of knowledge in the area of study
Clearly identify the kind of research you wish
to undertake: 1) Is it aimed at testing
existing theories; 2) Is it aimed at developing
new theoretical insights; 3) Is it exploratory;
or 4) field research with policy implications;

Estimate

the time and resources required for

the study
Limit the scope of your study
Be prepared for critical appraisal of the
proposal by your guide, the Department
Research Committee and the Research
Recognition Committee of the University

Completeness

of the proposal and capacity of

the student to undertake the study


Creativity
Cost

and originality

effectiveness

proposal is not an essay, it is a road map

indicating the research framework- the scope


of the study, the theories, methods, data
analysis techniques, limitations of the study

The proposal comprises several clearly


delineated sections

Keep

the considerations of timeline and costs

in mind

Nature and scope of the problem (where the problem


is coming from)

What is currently being done about it (or where is

the problem right now)?

What would you like to do about it?

Be simple, direct, to the point and intelligible

The proposal provides a concise picture of the


substance objectives and design

Avoid need to define terms, polemics and jargon

The

title should be brief, arresting, concise and


intelligible.
The title flags the substance of the study
There should be parity between the images
invoked by the title and the opening pages of
the proposal
The title defines and limits the study
Should not exceed two lines in length
Avoid needless words such as Aspects of,
Investigation of or Analysis of
The title is the first contact with the reader

The review of literature is an important component


of research

The review is a critical engagement with other

researchers to identify gaps in the existing body of


knowledge, developing hypothesis and asking
research questions

Planning the research design, selecting methodology


and delimiting the topic

Literature review is not listing of books you have


read

The tools and techniques of research


investigation is determined by the research
question, objectives and hypothesis

It

defines the procedure for data collection

Assessment

of quality

Determines the time line and cost of the


research study

Aims and objectives


Review of literature
Rationale and significance of the study
Research questions
Hypotheses (if any)
Methodology sample size, data analysis, etc.
Chapter scheme
Please note: while these items are important,
there has to be a logical and coherent
connections between these sections of the
proposal.

Critically revise the proposal for

needless repetition

clarity

Spelling and grammar corrections

suitable subtitling and logical delineation of


paragraphs
Submit a neat proposal
Good Luck