The event was organised to enhance research focus at ASCI, Hyderabad. About 15-20 academic/research staff of ASCI (from their various centres) participated in the event. Prof. Ch. Hanumantha Rao presented an excellent introduction--full of insights about research. Here is a summary of it.
I anchored the first half of the workshop, starting my presentation with a discussion on the age-old Meno's paradox, demonstrating how it might be circumvented in practice--using a group exercise. It created some energy and enthusiasm in the group. I followed it up with discussions on some of the general issues pertaining to research, for example, linkages between the everyday world and the research world, social relevance of research, research as a paradigm of practice, breeds of research, and so forth.