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  • The flaws in the work of Nepali researchers are caused by a lack of expertise and a drive for money
- POST REPORT, S.P. Dhoubhadel, Kathmandu
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Jul 11, 2015-

In Nepal, research done in academic and non-academic fields does not have any impact or utility. This is because the research projects are not proper to begin with; they are simply studies selected on the discretion of the so-called researchers. So, most of these studies are of no use or have little relevance to the country’s national problems.

Unknowing researchers

It has often been reported in newspapers that many research reports or theses are plagiarised materials with modified revisions. Research reports are mostly accepted without proper inspection or examination. The authenticity and honesty of the works are hardly tested. This leads to the waste of national money invested in research. This occurs because 99 percent of the so-called researchers of Nepal do not have the genuine expertise to conduct research properly.

Many researchers are not aware of what research problems are and how to identify them. So, their work is not based on the actual problem, but rather, on secondary aspects. Most of the theses from Nepali universities’ Ph.D. programmes are simple compositions dictated by research guides. The student researcher does all the work as per the order of the guide for four to five years and in the end, their thesis is produced at the behest of the guide. Even afterwards, many Ph.D. researchers are unsure of how to conduct original research projects and only have knowledge regarding their fields of study as taught to them by the guide. Thus, academic and sponsored research in Nepal is just a collection of big bound reports of no importance.

Even the degrees conferred on the basis of such research are not of real value or use. An M.Sc. student, after registering for a Ph.D., will produce a thesis after four to five years, without having any theoretical or practical research training. Research in Nepal is a waste of time, energy and money. A simple written document can be pushed as a thesis after registering in a university under a professor who allows the student to do the research according to their dissertation; after being pleased with the candidate, the professor may ask him or her to submit a thesis which will be sent to examiners belonging to his or her own vicious circle. Foreign professors are asked to report positively and recommend awards for the Ph.D. degree. Because of such practices, students in Nepal are encouraged to register for a Ph.D., taking full pay study leave for three years from regular teaching, and ultimately get a Ph.D. degree, name, fame, and promotion.

Corruption in research

In this process, Ph.D. guide professors also become falsely inflated because they qualify for research grants as well as funds from many research sponsors. The acquired research funds are then manipulated in order to make money. Therefore, research has been an easy way of earning money from research grants in Nepal. With research grants, donor agencies also benefit by being popular among the people for unfairly distributing large amounts of research funds; some are selected by favoritism, and possibly also taking some benefits by way of commission consumption. Therefore, it is high time for our nation to ameliorate this state of affairs in research work. Out of the many possible remedial measures, one very important role will be played by the introduction of  MPhil programmes in every subject and also in chemistry. These programmes produce real opportunities for doing real research with correct theoretical knowledge and proper training. That is why MPhil programmes have now been introduced in universities all over the world.

So, Nepal is late in introducing MPhil programmes in different subjects. Hence, the introduction of these programmes is rationalised and justified. This is especially true for the field of chemistry, where all sorts of plagiarised works are being published under the names of Ph.D. researchers. University authorities should take note of these horrible acts to redress the ills in research in Nepal.

Dhoubhadel is a professor of chemistry

Published: 12-07-2015 08:19

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