Aligarh : Subject experts and faculty members discussed research methods and strategies used in architectural research in the five-day training programme on ‘Research Methodology and Innovative Statistical Applications’ of the Department of Architecture, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU).
Prof M Altamush Siddiqui (Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology) spoke on the implementation of interpretive, qualitative, correlational, experimental, quasi-experimental, simulation, modelling, logical argumentation and combined strategies.
“Innovation requires a much stronger correlation between research and design, and it is pertinent for the architectural practice that research becomes an integral part of architectural profession and studies”, said Prof M M Sufyan Beg (Principal, Z H College of Engineering and Technology).
Attending the valedictory function as the Chief Guest, Prof Salma Ahmed (Dean, Faculty of Management Studies and Research) said: “Architecture is a form of art that evolved over the years. The focus in the field had shifted to aesthetics from durability and today architects blend functionality with aesthetics”.
She also spoke on the innate beauty of Eifel Tower, Petronas Tower, Burj Khalifa, Victoria Memorial in Calcutta, Hawa Mahal of Jaipur and Lake Palace of Udaipur.
Prof Mirza Salim Beg (Chairman, Committee for Ranking of the University) provided the participants with a road map for integrating research into their field.
“Academicians, research scholars and students from different Indian states such as Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, New Delhi, UP and Haryana participated in the programme. The training programme also included participations from Oman, Malaysia, Dubai and other countries”, said Organising Committee members, Dr Mohd Khalid Hassan (Chairman, Department of Architecture and Convener of the programme), Dr Sharmin Khan (Chief Co-Ordinator), Faraz Farooq (Co-Ordinator) and Architect Sadaf Faridi (Co-Ordinator).
Resource persons from various disciplines conducted sessions on scientific methodology of research, application of search engines, searching strategies, research ethics, data collection, inferential statistics and research design among other topics.