TIRUVARUR: As many as six project proposals submitted by the faculty of the Central University of Tamil Nadu (CUTN), Tiruvarur, have been approved for funding under the 'Impactful Policy Research in Social Science (IMPRESS) scheme of the Union HRD Ministry.
A release from CUTN said here on Monday that IMPRESS is a fund-granting scheme for research projects that aims to provide a research roadmap to address policy challenges pertaining to society and so, social science areas.
The identified domains encompass the major areas or themes that have been in public policy debate due to new developments, earnest concerns, emerging issues, critical deficiencies, and amplified expectations, it added.
The release said that the six approved project proposals are: Impact of urban Governance on Urban Transformation in Selected Cities of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu by Dr K. Kanaka Raju in the Urban Transformation domain; Ethics, Autonomy, Privacy and Regulation: Balancing the Social Media Spheres of Political Influence by Dr Francis P. Barclay and Dr Boobalakrishnan N. in the Social Media and Technology domain; Access and Barriers to Mental Health Care: A Situational Analysis of the Families of Persons with Mental Illness in Tiruvarur district, Tamil Nadu, by Dr Chitra K. P. in the Health and Environment domain; Community-based Participatory Research on the Psycho-social Impact, Problems and Reality Responses to Disasters: Study on the Experiences of Women in Gaja-hit Areas by Dr Sivakami N. and Dr Shamala R. in the Health and Environment domain; Gatekeeper's Attitude: Skill and Knowledge about Psychosocial Care for the Disaster Affected by Dr Mamman Joseph C. in the Health and Environment domain; and The Impact of Natural Disaster on the Mental Health of Rescue Workers by Dr Vidhya V in the Health and Environment domain, it added.
The CUTN vice-chancellor Prof A. P. Dash said, "bagging six projects in one go is yet another indication of our commitment to scholarly-impactful research....