Problems Encountered By Researchers
Research Methodology is a study subject in some of the under-graduate coursesand most of the Post-graduate courses. Still, there is a lack of awareness of the purpose of research and the purpose of including research methodology in the curriculum. Manystudents hate this subject and the hatred is increased when they see the numerical in biostatistics when it is clubbed with research methodology.There are several problems encountered by students and novice researchers.Some of them are:1.Lack of scientific training in the methodology of researchThere is a paucity of competent researchers. The scenario in most cases is like a blindleading the blind. Most of the people who hold the position of research guides arethemselves not thorough with the various methodologies. They lead theresearcher/students to copy methodology of similar studies.2.Copying of data (Plagiarism)Some researchers (as they call themselves), merely copy other international studies or studies which have been done by researchers/students of other universities. This is acrime and should not be promoted. A Researchers can re-evaluate others study byconsidering and overcoming the limitations of previous study, but at no cost should becopied or repeated. One should learn to respect others hard work. The act itself leadsto lack of awareness in research methodology.3.Manipulation of data.Every researcher tries or does one or the other kinds of manipulation of data. May bemultiplying the sample size or to make the result in the way they want. The lack of confidence over the result they may get after the completion of study is the reason for manipulation of result. This never reveals the reality, as the intuition of the researcher is guided by mere theoretical knowledge. In reality sometimes theory and practicemay be contradictory. Some researchers just finish off their study by simply sitting intheir home; they don’t even interact with their subject or have any one.4.Lack of availability or access to literature needed.This is a major problem faced during the literature review. The lack of availability of access to Internet, ignorance of the way to search needed articles from journals andother databases are other problems. Searching books and newspaper articles fromconventional libraries consumes a lot of time and effort. These kind of libraries,especially which are situated away from the capital cities lack copies of new acts/rules published by the government. There is also timely unavailability of publisheddata.