The third annual edition of Summer School has been hosted by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad (IIMA) from 02 June 2014 to 07 June 2014. The specialized research methods are included in this edition which includes doctoral students, researchers and faculty over the universe.
This year about 300 applied for the event out of which 80 have been selected through a rigorous selection process. Out of those 80 applicants, 11 are from SAARC countries.
This initiative helps the institute to introduce the participants to research method courses via experts from premier institutes and organizations. As per the officials, this event provides an opportunity for the participants to interact with each other.
This event is categorized into two parallel tracks which include Track-1 on experiments in business and policy and the other track, Track-2 on qualitative research method.
All these tracks are conducted by the instructors from IIMs, IITs, CLEAR (regional centers for learning on evaluation and results) and also from a research scholar from Duke University. Various professors are involved in the workshops from different regions.
Track-1 is being funded by CLEAR at J-PAL (Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab). South Asia at IFMR (Institute for Financial Management and Research), an organization that is committed to research in strengthening monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and performance management (PM) capacities in South Asian countries and Track-2 is being sponsored by IIMA. The tracks will have lecture series, discussions, presentations and field visits as well.
As per Deepika Saluja, student coordinator of Summer School, the event will include a documentary screening, a stress audit workshop by Professor DM Pestonjee, chair professor, PDPU, Gandhinagar and a heritage walk by the institute’s heritage club. The event will also bring in the informal interactions among participants.