A Short Overview of the Dark Sides of Doing a Ph.D. in India

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A Short Overview of the Dark Sides of Doing a Ph.D. in India

We all know that, in the academic sector Ph.D. is one of the most essential requirements nowadays. However, the journey of a Ph.D. is not good for many of the students in India as well as in the globe. Students are facing boss issues, funding issues, and many other issues that cannot be expressed in words. Many students committed suicide because of their bad bosses and lab politics, specifically in science subjects. Sometimes, it is often seen that students are doing various personal works of their bosses to get a job. In the market, oiling buttering for a position in a college, or university is a very common thing. In this regard, I am sharing some of my experiences along with proper references through this article. Maybe I am rude, but I cannot stop expressing myself. I think this is high time to raise my voice against those issues. To me, in the present scenario, a Ph.D. is nothing other than a market product. The glory of the degree is lost to money. A lot of private universities are selling degrees. It does not guarantee any job or a position in academia without proper channels to the passed-out students. Sometimes, it is often seen that Ph.D. holders are applying for a group-D government job to support their expenses and family needs. I am not lowering the value of any job in this regard but the state/country must have the capacity to absorb the passed-out candidates. Else, the concept of productive employment loses its value. A lot of young Indian doctorates/Ph.D. holders are just spending a frustrated life & no one cares about that. In this article, I am trying to give a picture of those issues.


Rohit Kumar Pal
Faculty, Biological & Environmental Sciences, R.I.C.E Education, Kolkata, India

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