Schemes of Assistance by ASERF for Research on Education

One of the main objective of ASERF is to undertake, aid, promote and coordinate research in all aspects of school and higher education including comparative studies in India and abroad to be globally competitive. In pursurence of the above objective and keeping in view the emerging research areas in the context of new education policy and development scenario, ASERF proposes to assist scholars (in India and from abroad) in research on education in order to achieve its laid down objectives. The emphasis of such studies will be on solutions of the problems, which have direct bearing on policy, planning and emerging issues of educational system.

• Individual scholar(s) desirous of conducting specific study, depending upon his/her standing in the field of education or creativity would be eligible for being considered for assistance under the scheme.

• ASERF will circulate a list of general areas for study and specific topics of research/investigation for which they will receive proposals under this scheme. Individual scholars will also be free to suggest additional topics, which in their opinion will satisfy the main objective of the scheme; these would, however, be subject to the approval of the AERF. Proposal for short duration studies designed for a quick feed-back will be preferred.

• Preference will be given to those proposals, which fall within the priority areas decided by the ASERF from time to time.

• Ordinarily a scholar will be entitled to take up only one research assignment at a time.

• Any individual eligible and desirous of undertaking studies under this scheme will apply to the ASERF in the prescribed form (appended) along with an outline of the proposed study in accordance with the following guidelines.

(i) Title: The Title of the project should be concise (with sub-title, if any) reflecting the scope of the investigation.

(ii) Objectives: The broad Aim, focus and orientation of the project emphasizing the overall thrust of the proposed investigation should be clearly mentioned.

(iii) Statement of the Problem: The problem to be investigated should be clearly contextualised in the theoretical framework of the discipline.

(iv) Justification: the hypothesis to be tested and the question to be answered and need to be unequivocally stated

(v) Relevance to an action Programme: a statement in concrete terms as to how the results of the study will be relevant to improvement in formulation and implementation of an educational policy, plan or programme

(vi) Overview of Literature: The problem identified should be logically linked to other studies on the theme in the literature delineating the need for the present investigation.

(vii) Research Methodology

(a) Coverage: The proposal should clearly indicate the universe of the study, sampling frame, sampling methods, sampling size, units of observation etc.

(b) Data Collection: The proposal should indicate sources of data types of data, tools and techniques for collection of various categories of proposed data.

(c) Data Analysis: It should indicate the statistical techniques, if any, proposed to be used in data processing, specific packages for data analysis, content analysis, indices/scaling techniques proposed to be used etc.

(viii) Implications: The proposal should state whether this research would bring forth any implications for policymaking, any methodological innovations or contribute to theory building.

(ix) Project Duration: Time required for completing the study and submission of the report, period envisaged for preparation, field study/collection of data and drafting of the report

(x) Budget: This should indicate the cost of personnel, travel ( no. of days and places with justification), data processing, stationery and printing, books, journals, equipment, contingency and any other items.

(xi) Summary: Five copies of Summary of the Research Proposal (about 500 words)indicating the statements of the problem, objective of the study, research questions or hypothesis or both, sample size (if any) and research methodology should be provided.

• The maximum assistance available to the Indian scholar would be Rs. 45,000 and to the upcoming research scholars from abroad would be US$ 1000/- and would be released in three installments in the following proportion: 50%, 30% and 20%; the final installment will be released only after the submission of final report and utilisation certificate.

• The proposals will be examined and selected for assistance by an Expert Committee constituted by the ASERF. The funds will be released in three installments in the following proportion: 50%, 30% and 20%; the final installment will be released only after the submission of final report and utilisation certificate.

• Proposals for 'Study Grant to Scholars should be sent (in triplicate) in the prescribed format (Please see Annexure I) along with a detailed Bio-data (see Annexure II) of the scholar and a passport size photograph. A detailed estimate of the financial assistance required under each of the heads as mentioned in the application form should be provided.

Final Report
• The final report of the project should be submitted by the Research Scholar in triplicate on the completion of the project period. The report should be comprehensive enough to be published as a book/monograph or series of papers of learned journals

• The project cannot be submitted for the award of any university degree or diploma by any member of the project staff. ASERF will, however , have no objection if any member of the project staff utilizes the project data for this purpose, with due acknowledgement to ASERF

Publication of the Report

• ASERF will have the first option of publishing the final research report. If it decides to publish it, the decision will be communicated to the investigator

• No royalty will be paid to the investigator for any report published by the ASERF

• In all publication arising out of a project, the following statement has to be made: "The project on which the present report is based was supported financially by the Apeejay Stya Education Research Foundation. However, the responsibility for the facts stated herein, the opinions and views expressed and the conclusions drawn is entirely that of the investigator and not of ASERF.

• The copyright for the publication of the research report and of the papers arising out of the project shall vest in the ASERF

• ASERF reserves the right not to accept any proposal/request under this scheme without giving any reasons for the same.