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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 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.

Dismal State of Social Sciences in Pakistan

This paper attempts to explain and understand the dismal condition of the social sciences and social science research in Pakistan. It establishes some encompassing parameters which help explain why things are the way they are. These include attempts to place the role of Pakistan's state and its bureaucracy in a certain context, and also delineates on the collapse of institutions in Pakistan leading the way for individuals, rather than institutions, to undertake and produce research. The dominance and presence of international donors and their roles with regard to social science research are also discussed at length. There is no 'community of scholars' in Pakistan, nor any social science professional association to speak of. The paper argues that with current trends in the academic community, the future for social science and social science research in Pakistan looks even more bleak.

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.

Rethinking Social Sciences

The study of the social sciences in India began with British attempts to understand their colonial experience, but soon evolved its own distinct discourse, one that would in turn spearhead social reform in India. But with the new challenges currently facing social science discipline, its survival now depends on the new issues that it will be able to generate and answer.

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