Young researchers to explore urban spectrum

Staff Correspondent | Update:

youthOver 100 university students have joined an initiative to conduct a one-day research to understand the dynamics of Dhaka's urban life.

Organisers say they will carry out field works and review literatures and online resources on Friday and come up with findings on Saturday.

A workshop on the methodology of this research project was held at the United International University on Thursday, engaging the students to choose topics for conducting the research.

The young researchers have been assigned to carry out the short-form research covering issues such as street foods, indicators of quality of education, online business, urban transport, use of internet, leisure opportunities, and mobile phone customer satisfaction.

The findings will be presented at another workshop at the same venue on 22 April.

The United International University Junior Economists’ Forum organised the workshop, supported by Power and Participation Research Centre (PPRC).

Noted economist, PPRC executive chairman Hossain Zillur Rahman said a mixed method of qualitative and quantitative approach could be the best way of conducting a modern-day research.

"This short-form research is an experiment and it may turn into long-form research, depending on how the research digs into the issues," he added.  

An official of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, Alamgir Hossain, said the questionnaire for any research should be coherent and comprehensible to the respondents.

A total of 76 female and 63 male students of a few universities were present at the workshop. The participants had formed 35 groups for the research.

Zahid Hossain of the World Bank, dean of School of Business and Economics of the university Abul HMG Azam, and director of SEHD Philip Gain were present at the workshop.

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