The education scenario in India has been going through a range of transition over the years. Earlier, the system was known for its strong fundamentals and concepts but now it is being treated as a source for better job and higher salaries. More than the academic interest, the potential of the education is being evaluated and as a result some of the significant courses are getting neglected. Now, one area where the country is lagging very behind is the field of research.
Reports from various academic circles reveal that there has been a sharp decline in the number of students opting for research programs. The Ph.D scholars have been reducing significantly since the general notion is that it takes years to do the thesis and by the time they are out, getting a proper placement is an issue. On the other hand, there is not enough infrastructure in educational institutions to carry on with the research in the right manner which is a setback.
Those who are pursuing Ph.D reveal that lack of experienced project guides is another challenge which is making it difficult for them to get guidance. There are those who feel that the stipend being offered while doing research is not sufficient to meet the expenses. Of course, there is always a value to Ph.D and if the thesis is done in the right manner with originality then there are some real good job opportunities. But generalizing the scenario, doing Ph.D has become a Herculean task.
However, many are pointing out that a lot has to be done to improve and encourage students to take up research. Because, without research the country cannot grow in terms of innovations and advancements. It is also the responsibility of the educational institutions to spread awareness on the brighter aspects of holding a Ph.D degree and the authorities need to come up with a proper sector of opportunities which will give confidence to the students to spend their years in research and attaining a Ph.D. The bottomline is, there is still a huge potential for those who do Ph.D but it is about choosing the right path and preparation for the same.