Importance of 'Research' in our Curriculum!

By Shivang Arora
From HR College, Mumbai
Posted Mar 16th 2013 2:00AM

The dictionary defines Research as 'the systematic investigation into and study of materials and sources in order to establish facts and reach new conclusions.' Very true, but today as students we all boast about the ample amount of research work we do, which is nothing but a ' systematic way of logging on and using the search engine, Google or Wikipedia.

Agreed these web search engines have proved to be a boon to us- the students of HR College and other colleges, but our faculty members and Mumbai University has taken a great initiative in introducing the ' Primary Researched Project of 100 marks' in our final year curriculum, thereby promoting a culture to look beyond what Google or Wikipedia has to offer us.

"The projects made by the students are copy pasted from different web sites and search engines like Google. What the students don't understand is that such an activity is a secondary research and not something at the ground root level undertaken by the students." says one of the faculty members of HR College while dictating the strict terms of this final 100 Mark project to the students of Bachelors of Banking and Insurance and Financial Markets.

While the whole procedure of this project remains very systematic and highly organized at HR College of Commerce and Economics with a host of Internal Guides assigned to each and every final year student to help in gathering Primary data on respective topics in banking, insurance and finance or any topic related to the syllabus of the students, the students too have taken up this task seriously.

"Gathering primary data includes interviews of the personnel, surveys and other ground analysis of the firm. Such is expected from us." says Lavina a final year student pursuing Bachelors of Financial Markets at HR College.

The students of HR College are expected to submit their final copies of the projects before the approaching preliminary examinations which will be followed by internal viva and finally external viva conducted by an external examiner later in mid April.

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