Bridging the Past, Present and Future
PAMA is a transdisciplinary research collective, registered as no-profit-educational Trust,
to address the problems of shrinking academic vision, rigid knowledge boundaries, mechanistic career practices and
fragmented scientific investigations.
These limitations pre-empt transdisciplinary critical thinking and hamper the sublimity and balance of life. Multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches, which can open up or expand the horizons of research endeavours and methodologies, represent the vision of PAMA.
PAMA is derived from two words that represent father and mother – parents - as a dedication to all known and unknown paternal and maternal ancestors. The word PAMA also has Greek origins which mean ‘something beautiful and tasty’.
PAMA aims to offer short-term and long-term research fellowships, internships and space for critical collective thinking on diverse themes irrespective of the differences in disciplinary learning and practice.
PAMA aims to facilitate self-driven scientific learning, relearning and unlearning through multi, inter and transdisciplinary methods.
To promote persuasive scientific methods in academic enquiries, learning and practices.
Skeptical about the rigid, conventional pedagogic categorisation of knowledge domains into humanities, arts, technological, social and physical science, PAMA intends to sensitise the public on the common strand or method that runs across disciplines, which may be termed as science based, even while respecting the focus and methodological difference in discipline bound enquiries.
PAMA is committed to seek practical alternatives by fostering such transdisciplinary scientific pursuits, scholarships and alternate ways of living and pursuing professions.
Chairman - PAMA
Curiosity, love and respect for knowledge have brought you to PAMA. Welcome.
Knowledge has always been close to the human story.
Knowledge is the human quest for the unknown through systematic enquiries or evidence based research. Man’s effort to reflect persuasively on nature, human relationships, material and spiritual forces and social structures is as old as the human being. Materials you excavate from prehistory, art forms, proverbs, religious or literary texts, scientific discoveries, research articles and everyday innovations in workplaces or kitchens are methodological engagements which are primary to our existence.
In the 16th c this pursuit came to be defined as the search for “truths” that went beyond received wisdom. Science became the catchword to define new enterprise. The search for truth, often claimed as absolute truth, became the order of the day. By 18th c, following industrial revolution, the formal knowledge realm came to be divided into natural sciences, social science and humanities. With the university system spreading along with and across the new nation states in the 19th century, the disciplinization and professionalization of knowledge took place. Creation of multiple disciplines was justified on the ground that systematic research requires concentration and distinct areas should be addressed separately. Such a division was rational, effective and productive. Specialisations and super specialisations became the generally accepted norms by which it moved up. Soon careers and institutions began to be defined in such terms.