Ghost Written Dissertations and Fake PhDs-
Doctoral research is a sacred work of academic excellence. But for the past many years, many get doctorate degrees for a price. No hard work needed, only good investment of money needed. From topic selection to dissertation submission, there are packages available. One need not read even a single page, he or she need to know the right sources. Often the research guides themselves arrange outsourcing. There are many instances where the research guides themselves undertake the responsibility of the whole MPhil or PhD work. Besides the contractual amount for preparation of research tools, data collection, data analysis ,drafting the dissertation and the other work, gifts in various forms and gratifying the needs of research guides are a part of the research ritual. Women research scholars often have to deal with the " sexual"demands of the holy professors. Some women scholars who find such demands unbearable drop out.
Plagiarism is quite common among the research fraternity. A senior Professor who found his work copied in a dissertation without any acknowledgement of his name sent a circular to many academics including me accusing of ACADEMIC PIRACY.Times of India,in an article on "Poor Quality Profs?", writes that many doctoral candidates pay 1 to 2 lakh rupees to English teachers to fine tune their dissertations.The article adds that the Internet is teeming with companies that supply anything from 1000- word essays to 10,000-word treatises on any topic. Plagiarism is a serious breach of academic ethics and IF DETECTED degrees can be withheld and even the research scholars can be debarred. But the IF is a very BIG IF. Former AICTE chairman and retired Director of IIT (Madras) Prof.R.Natarajan says that there are only a few PhD holders of true quality today.
PhD degrees are in great demand these days because of the UGC /AICTE requirement of research degrees for higher academic positions with the sole aim of improving the quality of higher education in India. But, AlAS, many ,if not most, of the teachers possess fake PhD degrees. They ,in turn, teach aspiring students.What do they teach ?What can they teach? These are any body's guess.
T K Nair
Great Leadership does not mean running away from reality.
Sometimes the hard truths might just demoralize the organization.
But at other times sharing difficulties can inspire people to take action that will make the situation better!
Leadership in a crisis situation is very different from leadership in a time of normal conditions. The country is facing leadership crisis in all most all the fields. There is a great turmoil and chaos in the Indian politics and the political leadership is at the worst of its time ever before. Social leadership, religious leadership, institutional leadership and such other fields are not exception to this. The country is known by its leaders. India once upon a time was known by its leaders such as Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi, Babasaheb Ambedkar, Maharshi Karve etc. Today there are hardly any such leaders who have their own charisma.
July issue of Samajakaryada Hejjegalu (Social Work Foot Prints) has a collection of good articles starting with T.K.Nair’s important contribution on social work profession in India. Social work has been recognised as a profession in most countries in the world. In the article “Social Work in India: A Semi-Profession”, Nair takes a contrarian view as far as India is concerned. The article explains social welfare, social service and social work in detail ; describes emergence of social work as a profession globally ; and examines professionalisation of social work in India. An interesting aspect of the article is the reference to social work in Cuba. Nair, with more than fifty years of experience as a social work educator and a researcher, concludes that social work in India is not a profession as of now. It is only a semi-profession.