Selection of the Participants
Every year, Lokniti invites the application for the workshop through an advertisement in the leading journal and magazine such as Economic and Political Weekly and Seminar and also through the Lokniti website lokniti.org. For an expanded reach, the advertisement is circulated to the state coordinators and Lokniti network members who are situated in various Universities and colleges across the country.
Following categories of candidates are eligible for applying in this workshop (preference has been given to young researchers):
- Teachers of Political Science in colleges and Universities who are working on empirical subjects and would benefit from further training.
- Research students of Political Science who are working on empirical themes for their M.Phil. or Ph.D. dissertations and can benefit from further training.
- Any other person (including those from outside Political Science and outside academia) who are interested in making sense of politics by analyzing quantitative data.
The applicants are required to send their detailed CV with a statement of research interest (those already registered for M. Phil. or Ph.D. should clearly mention the topic of dissertation along with a brief summary of the objectives and methodologies used) in about 500 words. They are also suppose to send a write up of about 500 words using the survey questionnaire which we tend to use for the analysis during the workshop. Selection for the workshop is made on the basis of these two write-ups submitted by applicants.
Every year, around 100 plus applications are received from the candidates across the country and after a rigorous selection process; around 25 participants get selected for the workshop. The participants belong to some of the premier research institutions and leading universities of the country namely Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, University of Hyderabad, Calcutta University, Guru Nanak Dev University – Amritsar, Panjab University – Chandigarh, Puducherry University, Garhwal University etc.
The selected participants are given a set of readings before coming to the workshop and they are expected to attend lectures and practical data analysis sessions during two-week workshop.