Making a Mark
Dibya | Aug 29, 2016
The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences has added yet another feather to its cap and is making its mark as an emerging department amidst all the technical departments. The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences organized two programs back-to-back on 10th and 11th August 2016 on Awareness on Caring for the Paediatric HIV and Orientation Program on Qualitative Data Analysis Using NVivo, respectively for the students of NIT Rourkela. The Head of the Department, Prof. Nihar Ranjan Mishra welcomed the Resource persons at the beginning of the program and introduced the speakers to the audience.
Awareness on Caring For the Paediatric HIV:
Paediatric HIV/AIDS is considered pandemic - a disease outbreak which is actively spreading over a large area. The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in its “Countdown to Zero” Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children declared,
We believe by 2025, children everywhere can be born free of HIV and their mothers remain alive.
"Countdown to Zero" to an extent was significantly observed in developed countries but was not replicated in the developing countries. Today, globally an estimated 2.5 million children are living with HIV/AIDS, 10,000 becoming infected daily and 2,60,000 deaths of children under 15 occur due to AIDS related illnesses. According to UNICEF India, there are 2,20,000 children infected by HIV/AIDS in India. It is approximated that every year 55,000 to 60,000 children are born to mothers who are HIV positive. 30 % of these children are likely to be infected themselves.
The speakers were from "Anandaghar" - a rehab home for five states (West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand) which works in collaboration with OFFER (Organisation for Friends Energies and Resources). OFFER for the past 30 years has been serving children who face myriad adversities. Their sole aim is to help young ones suffering from HIV/AIDS, overcome their challenges and lead a life of dignity. These growing children are left with inescapable challenges of facing not only lifelong adherence with complex treatment regimens, but also enormous psychosocial, mental and neuro-cognitive issues. These unique challenges must be recognized and understood in order to provide appropriate holistic management enabling them to become productive citizens of tomorrow. To address these multi-factorial issues, there is an urgent need for a concerted, sustainable and multi-pronged national and global response.
The awareness programme was attended by post graduates students, research scholars and faculty members of NIT Rourkela. Everyone present got an opportunity to gain knowledge about facts regarding the status of children suffering from HIV/AID. The program encouraged students to spread awareness regarding paediatric HIV/AIDS as today's generation should be highly cognizant of such pandemic diseases.
Orientation Program on Qualitative Data Analysis using Nvivo
In the last 15 years there has been a proliferation of computer software packages designed to facilitate qualitative data analysis as qualitative research is now being utilized in different fields. This is typically used by researchers in gathering data that includes case studies, interviews, personal observations, focus groups etc.
A training session on "Qualitative Data Analysis using NVivo" was conducted on 11th of August at the seminar room of Life Sciences Department. The programme was jointly organised by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and Numerical Analytics Limited Private Ltd.
Participants had an opportunity to gain knowledge regarding computer software that has been designed for qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required. As students of Development Studies, it is necessary to be familiarized with the benefits and disadvantages of such computer software. After all, it is not easy to automate qualitative-data collection as effectively as one can automate quantitative-data collection. Also, it is usually extremely difficult and time consuming to manage large amounts of data. This is where the role of such qualitative data analysis computer software comes handy.
Prof. R.K. Biswal addressed the gathering with his concluding remarks and a formal vote of thanks to all the speakers and the participants at the end of the program.