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INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODOLOGY<br> Academic Research for Non Academics

Academic Research for Non Academics

Research is oft misunderstood. It is either understood to be as simple as a thorough google search for some information or an unintelligible mystery that only some special humans called researchers can perform.

Books on Research methodology usually focus on certain specific Social Science disciplines catering to students of university degrees.

In recent times, the interest towards research and writing research-based pieces and books is on the rise among general public. This Indica Course, targeted at such knowledge seekers and writers, is meant to provide a foundational understanding of research, its knowledge-area-specific methods and research based writing, working from the first principles.

15 Hours
Date & Time

26 February 2022 - 25 June 2022

10 AM -11 AM IST

Every Saturday


Course Fee: $50
Enrollment Manual
Medium of Instruction
One year from the beginning of the course
Online through Indica Courses Learning Portal
Contact Details



This Indica Course is meant to serve the need of general knowledge seekers and writers looking for a foundational understanding of research. 

No prior academic degree in the knowledge area of research being chosen by the student is expected. A person with degrees or background in one stream like Sciences, Technology, Design, Fine Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities can aspire to do research in any other area. But study/knowledge background in any one of the streams will be helpful in following the course. 

Demystifying Terminologies: In the books and discussions on Research Methodology, the details of the terminology , their definitions and the rigorous details of quantitative and qualitative methods are overshadowing a grasp of the actual spirit of what research is and the attitude and approach required for research and the why of each of the stages of research and each of the components of research writing. This course is aimed at fulfilling this gap by taking those interested in research or research-based writing to the first principles of the methodology of research and research writing. 

Customization :The course intends to create the awareness that not everything that is taught in the Research Methodology courses and books is required to be learnt by all researchers. 

Natural  researcher :After all methodologies are systematized procedures of activities performed out of natural skills with a natural acumen. A natural researcher could be following what is called as methodology without knowing that it is called so or could be in need of a better organizing of his natural skills. The course aims at helping such researchers to consciously organize their natural talent. 

Not a Natural Researcher: But skills are as learnable as they are natural to some. This applies to skills of research and research writing too. Research Methodology when taught from the first principles has the potential of imparting these skills.

Not intensive but comprehensive: As an introductory course , this course can not claim to be intensive in any specific knowledge area specific research methods. But it aims to be as comprehensive as possible in terms of pointing at the knowable aspects for any researcher.

Flexible structure and delivery method :As a course intended for a heterogeneous group of audience, it is planned to be responsive to each of the learners to the extent possible. As such, the course is flexibly structured and delivered in response to the needs of the audience from time to time.


The course aims to 

  • Demystify research and research methodology
  • Create research based rigor in the writings 
  • Discover one’s own potential (or lack of it) for research
  • Help appreciate research and research based writing

Expected Outcomes

The course will help to learn the concepts and spirit behind

  • The process and steps involved in a research work
  • Quantitative, qualitative and other methods available for research
  • Structure and components of a research report, dissertation, thesis and/or a research book.
  • Style Manuals for research writing


  • Research Meaning, Types and Characteristics, Research Aptitude, Qualities of a good researcher
  • Research in and outside research degrees, R&D and other formal research setups and informal research activity
  • Research in various Academic disciplines , unidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge areas, groupings of disciplines like Sciences, Engineering, Technology, Design, Social Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts and Performing Arts
  • Methods of Research : Qualitative, Quantitative; Exploratory and experimental, Historical and Ahistorical, Inductive and Deductive etc.
  • Concepts like Reliability and Validity
  • Steps or process of research:  Research problem, Research design , Hypothesis etc.
  • Thesis /dissertation /report writing and article / paper writing , style sheets and style manuals

Reading List

Research Methodology: A Step-by-Step Guide for Beginners by Ranjith Kumar Sage Publications Pvt Ltd (

Research Methodology : Methods And Techniques: C.R. Kothari Gaurav Garg 

Chicago Manual of Style

MLA Citation Style


Dr. Nagaraj Paturi

Director, INDICA

Dr. Nagaraj Paturi is a senior professor with three decades of University Teaching and Research experience including fieldwork based Culture research. He specializes in Culture Studies including Folk Culture Studies, Linguistics including Sanskrit Linguistics, Literary Studies including Myth studies.

Trained in Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta by his hyper-polyglot, polymath and spiritually accomplished sakala-shaastra-paarangata father, he is seriously committed to the transmission of Vedic sciences to the present generation.

His PhD (1998, UoH) is in the application of Vedic parallels to the contemporary areas of Anthropology, Psychology, Philosophy and Aesthetics and a theory of their cross section to classical Indian poetry in general and classical Telugu poetry in particular.

He has specialized in folk-classical and other inter-traditional interface issues. He has conducted fieldwork based research studies on religious transgenderism, ritual-officiating sub-castes of shepherd castes, yogic mystic folk songs, Bonalu, the proliferating village goddess festivals of metro-twin- cities and similar other folk cultural topics.

He has designed a large number of courses on contemporary applications of Vedic Sciences. He brings a tradition insider’s fieldwork based counter to the maligning views of Indian jaati system prevalent in contemporary academics and politics. He advocates the revival and sustenance of global pagan , polytheistic , indigenous cultures on the basis of the centrality he holds for the centrality of ecological awareness and sustainability in the Hindu cultural complex.

Dr.Paturi is a Director at Indic Academy, Distinguished Professor, Curriculum Designer, Executive Committee Member and Member, Board of Studies, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Studies in Public Leadership, member, Board of Studies at several Indic knowledge Systems teaching researching universities.He has earlier served as the Senior Professor of Cultural Studies FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of Liberal Education and is a former Visiting faculty, University of Chicago, US.

He has more than 120 publications to his credit and has consulted for numerous culture research and theater and dance innovation projects. He has also worked on scores of creative writing works for Classical Dance, Modern Theater and magazines and several series of talks and other programs on Radio and Television channels.