PHD SCHOLARS’ PROBLEMS: A COMPARISON OF THE US AND PAKISTAN
Comparison of problems faced by PhD scholars in the US and Pakistan was the main objective of this research study. The approach used in this research study was qualitative. A sample of 74(50 from Pakistan and 24 from the US) PhD (Education) scholars was used to collect primary data conveniently. Problems of the research scholars were explored through structured interview. N-Vivo coding technique was applied to analyze the qualitative data. Diversified problems were identified such as: lack of research knowledge, lack of finances, fewer facility of room and board, competencies of the supervisors, inadequate advisor-advisee meetings and weak communication between them, politics of staff, scarcity of online access and information technology resources, and lack of availability to the latest texts. It was suggested for Pakistani research scholars to time line the synopsis submissions and final research project, suggestion for the government to offer students loan schemes for the scholars and suggestion for the administration to conduct educational seminars, arrange workshops to enhance the time management skills of the students, increase access to online resources for research scholars, provide them well-reputed research journals and the latest books for the better quality of research in the future.
Key words: Research scholars, Pakistan, problems, US