Colloquium Details

The full day Doctoral Colloquium will give opportunity to PhD/FPM students to present their research to other students and experts in the field. This will be held on December 12th, 2018.

PhD colloquium for doctoral candidates

  • The Colloquium committee will select approximately 25 participants who will be expected to participate in peer-review exercises, give short, informal presentations of their work during the Colloquium, and follow it up with extensive group discussion.
  • Faculty members at institutions in India and abroad would be invited as discussants for each of the shortlisted papers. Each paper invited for full-fledged presentation would be assigned a discussant.
  • The conference is designed to ensure focussed discussions among the doctoral student participants, faculty discussants and other academician invitees on each paper.


    We are hoping to offer some financial support to doctoral colloquium participants. The details of this support will be announced in the future. Women participants are strongly encouraged to apply.


    Click here to download the complete schedule for the colloquium program.

    09:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


    10:00 am-10:30 am

    Tea and Refreshments

    10:30 am-10:50 am

    Keynote speech by Dr. Ambika Zutshi,
    Deakin University, Melbourne

    10:55 am-11:40 am

    Panel discussion on 'Revisiting research agenda for Sustainability: Options and Futures'

    Panel members:

  • D.P. Dash, Founding Editor, Journal of Research Practice
  • Anshuman Raj, Film maker
  • 11:45 am-12:15 pm

    Discussion by Co-Chairs

    12:20 pm- 12:50 pm

    Poster presentations

    1:00 pm-2:00 pm


    2:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Paper presentations

    4:15 p.m. - 4:45 pm

    Valedictory session


    Researchers work at the boundary between confusion and clarity, scarcely knowing for sure which is which. As borne out by insider accounts of research, uncertainties and ambiguities encountered in the everyday practice of research require researchers to make choices, which are guided as much by objectivity and logic as also by the subjective assessment of researchers. Typically, personal, institutional, and social values influence the choice of research topics and methods. Researchers ought to become aware of the particular values and expectations guiding their work, so that they may exercise their individual agency while contributing to larger purposes. As a human endeavour, the activity of researchers impinge upon the lives of other human beings. Naturally, certain principles of honesty, fairness, transparency, responsibility, and justice must apply to research as much as these apply to other human activities. Therefore, in addition to contributing to larger purposes, researchers need to get accustomed to the idea of responsible conduct. As the practice of research expands to ever new domains, researchers are confronted with tasks for which the craft of research was not designed originally. Yet, the tools and procedures of research, adapted and used innovatively, seem to be effective for channelling individual contributions towards locally valuable outcomes. Such innovations in research appear to be proliferating in a variety of professional fields. Appreciating how research practice may be guided, moulded, or even transformed in response to personal and social values will be the main focus of this seminar.