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Research Cell

 Research Cell 

Research cell was formed in the year 2006-07 to cater to the research needs of Students and Faculty and to achieve the following objectives-
  • To Upgrade Research Capability of students and faculty
  • To organize Research Competition for the students
  • To undertake institutional research
The activities conducted by the cell fall under the following categories 
  1. Inviting Experts
  2. Workshops
  3. Research Competitions
  4. Institutional Research
 A.      Inviting Experts

The cell to upgrade the Research Capability of students and faculty at regular intervals has been inviting experts from the field of research. In the current NAAC cycle, the following speakers were invited to address the students and faculty.


Title of the Lecture


No of Beneficiaries

Dr. Arvind Dhond, St Xavier

How To Conduct Academic Research And Research as a Career Option

January 25, 2016

32 students

Dr. Mala Pandurang, Dr. Bhanuben Mahendra Nanavati College of Home Science

Skills of writing a research  Oriented Article  in the field of Humanities  and social science

April 29, 201

19 Faculties

 DR Santosh C. Hulagabali, librarian of N.L. Khandwala College

Citation preparation and Online resources.

11th July 2019


Dr. Shubhash Chavan, Librarian, S.N.D.T. University

Dr.Bhupendra Vansod, Librarian, P.V.D.T College of Education

Methods to Access University Database and OER

29th January 2019


 Dr. Moushumi Datta, Nagindas Khandwala CollegeNagindas Khandwala College

Format for Research Proposal,

15th September 2020

89 students and  Faculties


 B.      Research Competitions Organized for the Students

To test the student's research ability the cell at intermittent period provides a platform to the students by organizing research competitions. In the current NAAC cycle, the following competitions were organized



No of participants   



Inter-departmental competition

UG and PG level

18 students


PG Level- Manisha Bansal (Department of      Economics)

UG Level- Ajitha Nadar, Isthiya Jenifer, Ganga Bharekar (Department of Economics)

Inter-Collegiate Research Competition, in collaboration with Economics Department

UG and PG level

19 students,5 colleges

5th March 2018

First prize at UG level, Shri M.D. Shah Mahila College of Arts and Commerce PG level  first prize,  S.N.D.T. Women's University, Department of Economics

C.      Workshops conducted for the students

The Research Cell and the P.G.Department of the College to upgrade the research skills of the students constantly conducts workshops on various facets of research activity.

In continuation with this philosophy, in the current NAAC Cycle, two workshops were organized for the benefit of students –

Usage of Statistical Tools in Social Science

Research and Research methodology

A.Usage of Statistical Tools in Social Science Research -Three-day workshop on the Usage of Statistical Tools in Social Science Research was conducted on three Saturdays.i.e.7-2-15, 14-2-15, and 7-3-15. Experts from CMIE were invited as resource persons – Aditi Kadam and Saher Naqvi. During the workshop 12 hours of training were provided to students both theory and practical.  . 25 students attended the workshop. The topic covered during the session are as follows

i.            Introduction To Research

ii.            Process Of Research

iii.            Academic Writing:

iv.            How To Execute A Survey Tools Used For Social/Economic Research.

B.Research methodology- The cell organized 30 hours’ workshop extending for 6 days from 30th July 2018 to 6th August 2018 on Research methodology for the benefit of Postgraduate and Degree students. The workshop covered various phases of conducting research. 24 students attended the workshop. The details of the workshop are as follows


i.  Dr. Sujata Gkohale, Head, Department of Sociology, S.N.D.T. Women’s University -Definition of Research, Objectives of Research, Difference Between Research Methods and Research Methodology and Types Of Research.

ii.   Dr. Santosh C. Hulagabali Librarian, Nagindas Khandwala College - Formulation of Research Problem and Literature Review and Citation, online resources and Plagiarism

 iii. Dr. Ruby Ohja, Head, P.G.Department of Economics, S.N.D.T. Women’s University,-Meaning of Research Design and Formulation of Hypothesis and Sampling Design.

iv.  Prof.Meena Gopal, School of Development Studies, TISS - Formulation of Questionnaire and Actual Investigation.

 v. Dr. Arvind Dhond Associate Professor& HOD Commerce St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai -Sources of Data, Methods of Data Collection and Report Writing.

vi. Mr. Rajendra M. Patil, DTSS College of Commerce and Science-Statistical Analysis of Data

vii.  Dr. Cicilla Chettiar  Maniben Nanavati Women’s College - Interpretation of Data and Hypothesis Testing

D.      Institutional Research

The cell to study the impact of  COVID -19 conducted a study titled -An online study exploring experiences of Indians with references to COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown

  • The goal of the study was to analyze how the respondents were coping with the challenges posed by the lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 341 respondents filled the questionnaire and they primarily resided in Mumbai Metropolitan Region.

Results of the study indicate

  • A change in the sleeping schedule and an increase in the sleeping hours.
  • increase in watching entertainment programs more on the OTT platform and than on the traditional TV channels.
  • increase presence in social media and on news channels
  • increase the frustration level of individuals.
  •  Increase in individuals' anxiety and physical stress levels.
  • anxiety level increased due to the - fear of not receiving salary on time, anxiousness to meet the daily requirements of the family, concerns about the health of old age parents and, fear of contracting COVID-19
  • physical stress level increased on account of the balancing act required to manage both household and work.
  • promoting the culture of the consumption of healthy and nutritious food.
  • Improvement in the involvement of both males and females in the household chores
  • increase in the interaction between the family members and friends.
  • Support to The policies initiated by the government to control the spread of the virus and to support the migrant workers is well received particularly the steps initiated by the central government.
  • unanimous support to increase public expenditure on health infrastructure
  • no major difference in response based on gender for eg. there appears no much variation in the tools used by males and females in engaging themselves