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The Infosys Prize

The current state of knowledge emerging from a variety of public institutions is assessed through the application of a proxy indicator: the Infosys Prize. The prize, which seeks to reward “world-class research” by Indian scientists and scholars, is assessed by reviewing the different laureates...

A Critique of Eurocentric Social Science and the Question of Alternatives

Following a critical examination of existing theoretical framework within which social sciences are taught and researched in various universities of the non-western world, it is proposed that not just the content but even the assumptions and methodologies have been uncritically imported from the European academic tradition. Though the critique of Eurocentrism in the social sciences is well accepted, there is very little display of either courage or determination among academics in non-western universities in raising their own distinct set of assumptions that would enable them to work and conduct meaningful research outside the framework of western academic preoccupations and interests.

International Collaboration in Social Science Research

Today as social science increasingly seeks to 'cross boundaries' and to acknowledge new theories and methodologies, this article looks at the Indo-Dutch Programme for Alternatives in Development (IDPAD) and asks whether the programme was able to actualise the ideals it set for itself. Given IDPAD's commitment to genuine collaboration, the article analyses the pitfalls it faced and what lessons can now be gleaned from its 17-year history for future collaborative efforts.

Social Sciences in South India

This survey of social science resources and status of higher learning and research undertaken to understand the current sense of crisis faced by social science institutions at the regional as well as at the all-India levels throws up several critical issues. The main concern here is how to strengthen social science higher learning and research in south India by preserving and expanding the existing resource base for social sciences, strengthening the available institutional structures, and ensuring quality of teaching and research output. A mapping of the institutional resources available for social science higher learning and research in south India is followed by two case studies of the Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai, and the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore.

Social Sciences Research in Nepal

This paper takes a retrospective look at the evolution of the social sciences in Nepal in an attempt to assess research in the area. It reviews research in several institutions, that is, government, university and private research centres in different periods. It concludes that social sciences has been consistently neglected by both the government and other institutions and offers some suggestions on the urgent changes that are required to be made.

Social Science Research Capacity in South Asia

A note on the issues of broad significance that need to be thought about and discussed in the larger community of social scientists in south Asia.

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