Certificate Course on Research Methodologies and Paper Writing


IDEA offers a Certificate Course to learn the art of research. Scroll down to understand the importance of research and apply for this specially curated multi-discipline Course.

Every art has its tools. If research is carpentry, research methodologies are your hammer, axe, and nails. Research methodologies or research methods are specific procedures for collecting and analysing data. There are several types of methodologies one can use while conducting any research and gathering data. Just as an axe cannot be used to drill screws, any research method cannot be paired with any research project. The trick is to identify the right tool for the right purpose. This is exactly the part, many students and even professionals struggle with.

Our Course is designed to introduce participants to an array of research methods but at the same time, we shall teach how to apply the right methods to the project chosen.

After the collection of data and its analysis, any project only makes a difference if its end observations are put before the world. This is done through the writing of a Research Report or Research Paper. A research paper is an elaborate essay that illustrates your own calculation, analysis, or evaluation of an argument. When you write a research paper, you draw upon what you know of the subject and the data you have collected, but at the same time, you also dive into the findings of experts on your subject. A well-written Research paper has many components to perfect, be it citations or the presentation of data or the language used.

IDEA’s Certificate Course endeavours to guide participants through the process of writing a research paper on a topic of the participants’ choice.

Today, ‘Research’ has become a way of life for everyone. It is no more confined to scientific studies, but has also become a critical component of the social sciences. Without research, one cannot grow. You need research, be it for your – education, career, business, health, financial management, and even for your social and personal life.

The aptitude for research should not only be imbibed but also encouraged from childhood.

Albeit, in our country, this trait is presumed to be for those perusing M.Phil or Ph.D or those engaged in any scientific organisation.

In view of the above, IDEA has conceived a tailor-made certificate course for young minds (10+2, undergraduates, and graduates) of the nation.

Recently, the New Education Policy, 2020 (NEP 2020), has been formulated by the Indian Government. The NEP 2020 is a comprehensive, holistic, far-sighted, and will certainly play a great role in the growth of an empowered and resilient nation. The Policy puts research and innovation in Research methodologies or research methods are specific procedures for collecting and analysing data.

Few of its salient features are:

  1. The Policy encourages quality research by increasing opportunities, funding, and also supporting research collaborations with foreign organisations.

  2. The Policy aims at inducing extensive research at the Undergraduate level by awarding ‘Bachelor’s Degree with Research.’

  3. The Policy proposes directly pursuing a PhD after a bachelor’s degree with research.

  4. For the first time ever, the Policy proposes setting up a strategic and unique National Research Foundation (NRF), to look after issues ranging from funding to creating an infrastructure for education, with an annual grant of ₹20,000 Crores.

  5. The Policy facilitates the setting up of Specialised Research Institutions for cutting-edge research etc.

Given the changing equations in the Education industry and the NEP 2020, putting research in the driver’s seat to enable the nation reach greater heights, Research, and Innovation (R&I), is the next big thing.

Keeping these observations in mind, this Course on Research Methodology and Paper Writing has been designed to bridge the gap between students and research.

As of today, many schools, universities and institutes conduct workshops and short courses on teaching research methodologies.

A Comparison between IDEA’s Certificate Course and Other Similar Courses

Other Courses are shorts workshops of the duration of a few days or weeks.

IDEA provides a comprehensive 3-months Course to cover all the intricate aspects of conducting research and paper writing.

Other Course are mostly offline, physical attendance is required to learn.

IDEA provides a 100% online course to learn important research skills. Covid-19 lockdown should not become a hindrance for learning.

Other similar usually target just one subject, for instance, legal research writing, or so.

IDEA offers this Certificate Course across discipline. Exception being physical sciences, participants pursuing any of the social sciences may take part.

Other similar Courses only teach Research methodologies in theory.

They do not afford the participant the opportunity to undertake a research project practically.

IDEA not only guarantees theoretical knowledge of research methods but also guides a participant through the practical process of writing a research paper.

The Course requires every participant to submit a research paper authored by them by the end of the Certificate Course.

IDEA offers a one of a kind Certificate Course on Research Methodology. We are different. We are better. And here is why:

  1. The entire Course is conducted via online methods as well as offline. It is accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime. There are no pressing timelines for daily involvement, subject to the overall time frame of the Course.

  2. The Course is comprehensive and is curated with a timeframe that is befitting to the complexities of the topic. We are not attempting to cram a lot of material for a participant into a few days, rather we will be hand-in-hand teaching the participant how to conduct quality research.

  3. Other similar courses involve faculty that are usually academicians, teachers, or theoretical experts. We are, on the other hand, engaged with faculty that are professionals in the field, hence providing practical inputs from the industry/government.

  4. This Course is not an opportunity to merely read and then write. The Course provides exposure to the practical working of State Government Departments, State Planning Commissions, District Administration, United Nations Offices, Banks, Community Based Organisations, Multinational Organisations. However, in the current prevailing COVID scenario, this could be restricted to telephonic, Zoom meetings, etc.

  5. The Course gives an opportunity to the participants to interact with senior officials in the Government.

  6. The Course provides special inputs and databases on government schemes, projects, and related international issues.
  • Develop skills to undertake research on your own for any topic/situation which you prefer.
  • Sharpen your skills to undertake a review of the literature and write a paper.
  • Publish your Report/Paper in quality journals.
  • Add weight to your CV – Get preferred during job interviews.
  • Establish a strong network by interacting with experienced professionals.
  • Receive a Certificate after the successful completion of the Course.
  • Receive additional career and education-related guidance at discounted prices.
  • Be in tune with the New Education Policy, 2020.

  1. Students with minimum qualification of 10+2 graduation, or

  2. Professionals working in any field related to rural development, livelihoods, governance, SDGs, climate change, health, education, public administration, economics, social sciences, law, etc.

The Course shall spread over a 3 months period. The fresh batches commence from 1st and 15th of every month. Each batch contains a maximum of 10 students.

The Course is divided into 5 Modules (details given below).

  1. Every Module contains an assignment for the participant which shall be completed within the given duration for that Module.

  2. In case, the assignment for any given module is not completed within due time, the next Module shall not be provided to the participant until the due assignment is submitted. The overall performance of the participant will be affected.

  3. To ensure that a Participant is able to learn efficiently, Faculty members shall be available on call for any guidance or advice required. Participants can always review and revise their Assignments as and when required.


Every participant who successfully completes the Course and passes minimum evaluation criteria shall receive a Certificate bearing the Organisation’s name and seal. The Minimum required grade is C.

The Grading System is as follows


S.NoScoresGrade
190 and aboveA+ (Excellent)
280 to 89A (Very Good)
370 to 79B (Good)
460 to 69C (Satisfactory)
559 and lessD (Average)



The Evaluation Criteria is given in the Table below

S.No.Assessment CriteriaMax Marks Marks Earned
1Clarity of the Objectives and Review of Literature20
2Clarity of Project Implementation Methodology / Research Methodology 20
3Data Analysis / Situational Analysis20
4Writing of the Project Proposal/Research Report30
5Formatting, presentation and quality of language used10
Total
100

Please click here for the Fee Structure.

Interested candidates shall apply by filling the application form linked below. We will take the opportunity to get to know you, your career goals and interests. After scrutiny of received applications and interviews, an email of acceptance or otherwise shall be sent by the Organisation within 3 working days.

Click here for the Application form.

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