A two-day training workshop for the Research Capacity Building Programme (RCBP) scholars was conducted recently in Gurgaon from November 24-25, 2016, under the Research Capacity Building Programme of the RCZI/PHFI India Research Initiative. It brought together research scholars and their mentors from the streams of veterinary public health, public health, veterinary epidemiology, remote sensing and geoinformatics, and anthropology. The training workshop introduced the participants to the concept of transdisciplinary research methods. The overarching objective was to impart understanding of EcoHealth approach and its applicability in research practices amongst selected scholars. The workshop provided training to develop basic research skills and provided hands-on training on important components of undertaking the research study, research methodology, data collection techniques, reference management, literature management and research writing, amongst others.
The research scholars were also briefed about the research priorities identified within the project that helped them fine tune their proposals and develop the research questions accordingly. The workshop provided an opportunity to the scholars to discuss and deliberate with their mentors and peer-group about the study topic they have chosen. The discussion drew attention to some of the pressing issues of the peri-urban areas and helped the young researchers identify the key knowledge gaps and how their research study can help in identifying the key drivers of risk practices in the dairy sector.
A total of 22 participants attended the workshop, comprising of 14 young researchers and three academicians along with the RCZI/PHFI team, representatives from ILRI and University College of Medical Sciences. The two-session was part of a series of capacity building training sessions for researchers selected for the RCBP under the India Research Initiative.