Dr. S.P.S. Kushwaha

Consultant, ICFRE, Former Dean (Academics)

Dr. S.P.S. Kushwaha, Former Group Director, ERSSG and Dean, Academics, IIRS, ISRO Dehradun is a pioneering researcher on innovative applications of the geospatial technology in forestry and ecology. He has carried out several first-ever studies, viz., first forest cover mapping in India, sustainable land and water resources development planning, nationwide biodiversity characterization, etc. and is uniquely credited for establishing the carbon flux towers for the first time in the country for biome level net carbon exchange monitoring using eddy covariance technique. He has assumed leadership in wildlife habitat evaluation using various models. He is Deputy Leader of IUFRO, Vienna Working Group 2.4.4 on Multi-Purpose Inventories. He happens to be an affable person, excellent researcher, scientist par excellence, and a popular teacher. He was awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in 1992 for post-doctoral research at Freiburg University, Germany. He was also elected as Fellow of National Academy of Sciences, India in recognition of his contribution to science. He has more than 200 publications to his credit including 1 book, 15 book chapters and 125 research papers in peer-reviewed national and international journals.

Abstract of Speech

A research proposal is a project document prepared for the sponsorship of that research. A clean, well thought out research proposal forms the backbone for the research itself and hence, becomes the most important step in the research process. Writing research proposal is a challenging task these days due to the constant improvement in the qualitative research design and the need to incorporate scientific advances into the methodology. A proposal needs to show how your work fits into what is already known about the topic and what new contribution it will make to the existing knowledge. The proposal must also demonstrate that it is based on an intelligent understanding of the existing literature. The objective of the research should be clearly stated in simple language that even non-specialists are able to comprehend. The main contents of the proposal may be presented under the following headings: (i) introduction, (ii) review of literature, (iii) aims and objectives, (iv) research design and methods, (v) budget and (vi) citations. Successful, qualitative research proposals should communicate the researcher's knowledge of the field and method and convey the emergent nature of the qualitative design in addition to a discernible logic. Proposals are evaluated on cost as well as the potential impact of the proposed research and soundness of the plan.