TCQM is a joint initiative between Manipal Academy of Higher Education and the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. TCQM is carrying out its various activities with the support of seed fund by Dr. TMA Pai Endowment Chair in Qualitative Research. The Centre provides a broad base of support to any young researcher who seeks to delve into the world of qualitative research with unlimited resources, good infrastructure and the required expertise on qualitative research methods.

The main objectives of the TCQM are:

·      To promote inter-disciplinary research in public health

·      To provide impetus to researchers from across disciplines to share expertise and collaborate

·      To create awareness about qualitative research in public health in South Asia

·      To build capacities of young scholars in teaching and conducting qualitative research

·      To establish a regional hub in qualitative research in South Asia through a trans- disciplinary approach


Prof Dr Ajay Bailey (Full Professor, Chair Social Urban Transitions, International Development Studies, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Utrecht University & Dr. TMA Pai Endowment Chair in Qualitative Research Methods, MAHE, Manipal) is the Coordinator.

Email ID: a.bailey@uu.nl


'Certificate Course in Qualitative Research Methods' is a Course offered by TCQM.

TCQM, Prasanna School of Public Health, MAHE, conducts an annual ‘Certificate Course in Qualitative Research Methods’ in association with Utrecht University, every year. The course structure for the program includes both classroom teachings and assignments. The certificate course sessions include various steps involved in qualitative research methods such as research design, participant recruitment, in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, observations, data management, analysis and presentation. During the course period, individual assignments are undertaken by participants with the aim to develop strong skills in qualitative research methods. The Upcoming Online Certificate Course in 'Qualitative Research Methods' will be held from September 1, 2020 to November 30, 2020 (in light of the current global situation, due to COVID-19 pandemic, the teaching method has been shifted to a virtual interaction. When possible the lab sessions will be held in person. In addition to the online lectures we will also organize methods seminars provided by our extensive network of international speakers).

Certificate Course Flyer Link: Certificate Course in 'Qualitative Research Methods'. 

For information regarding upcoming 'Certificate Course in Qualitative Research Methods' (year 2020) & for more information about TCQM, Please visit: www.tcqm.manipal.edu