GUWAHATI, Jan 16 - It is exceedingly important for one to have confidence in one�s own culture and history to understand social issues, said Prof Sanjib Baruah of Bard College, US, while addressing a five-day short-term capacity building programme organised by the Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD), that ended here on January 13, stated a press release. Altogether 36 research scholars participated in the programme. A host of scholars from Sherubtse College, Bhutan, also took part, paving the way for more such collaborations between the two institutions.
During the course, knowledge of different methodological aspects of social science research was imparted. Along with the faculty members of the institute, Prof Sanjib Baruah, who is also an honorary visiting fellow of the OKDISCD, interacted with the participants during the programme.
On the last day, a panel discussion was held on the theme �Bhutan and Agenda for Social Research�. The participants from Bhutan gave an account of the higher education scenario of their country and discussed possibilities of social research there. Institute Director Prof Bhupen Sarma charted out potential areas to take up research in the immediate future in Bhutan where OKDISCD can engage itself meaningfully together with Sherubtse College.