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Dear LIS friends!

I am at the initial stage of my PhD research design. I am in need of guidance in designing my research work, setting objectives, hypothesis and methodology. I have received information about some PhD consultancies like,, etc. But I do not have knowledge on credibility, trustworthy, usefulness and any hidden issues with these consultants. Dear friends, if you have information, please share. Should we take help from such consultants and what are problems that may arise our of such relation.

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Most of the Indian Theses are marred by poor writing and lack of originality. The DLINE journals ( offer mentorship programme for Library Professionals. The mentorship programme is free. They have a pool of editors and reviewers who will offer guidance and referral. You can reach them by

thank you mam


They are asking for full details like. my phd proposal, status, guide details university. Shall we share the details. Please guide me.

Dear  Thanu R  ji,

Please you tell me about yourself like you are phd registerd or not, what is your actual problem and name of the university etc.

with regards



why do you need a consultancy for a PhD?

In our country, most of the young academicians and researchers lack good mentoring. Unfortunately, low level information is consumed by them resulting in the low-quality output. Most of the Indian scientific papers are not cited and referred. The level of teaching is far below from the standards. Even many published papers in Indian journals suffer from poor writing, weak content, the absence of originality and a few more. The utmost requirement is the mentoring as many of us are deprived of access to scholarly knowledge. Perhaps, the term used by Thanu can be replaced by the term, 'mentoring'. It is unfortunate to see the growth of commercial organizations in such 'Ph.d Consultancy". If they help in '(ghost) writing' what is the role of the Ph.D. guides and supervisors? 

Dear Ms. Saba Sarasvdy,

Thank you so much for your post. I whole heartedly support your comments.I also fully agree to Sri Apurba Jyoti Majumder's comment. It may be extremely bitter but I want to exemplify the old proverb Deserve then Desire!! Unfortunately a lot of people irrespective of discipline are running after Ph.D. without having the basic background.  You  on 9th August 2012,  a list Ph.D Theses in LIS was provided in this forum If one goes through the list, s/he will understand the standard of the theses we so proudly flaunt!! Of course there were some excellent topics and I believe thatthe researchers of those topics had done excellent jobs for their professional careers but they were only a handful. Some so called consultancy organizations spawned up to "help" a bunch of aspiring Ph.D scholars whose calibers fall short of expectation to do Doctoral Research. I must admit that the UGC's rules for  Ph.D as a mandatory criteria for promotion for a certain section of Library people is vastly responsible for this.They have never made any attempt to check the quality aspects of the papers and the Ph.D. Theses. or to impose some yardsticks for quality maintenance. The criteria they have fixed are extremely lousy and you will see that a whole lot of ISSN induced journals came into existence most of which are worthless. I am sorry for being so rude but throughout my service life in Research Institutes, I have worked with students and researchers majority of whom were University toppers and a couple of them were Bhatnagar Scientists with overall average citation rate of more than 10per paper.nearly 39% of the researchers are now University Professors in leading U.S. and foreign Universities and 18 persons are Senior Scientists in WHO and at least 8 of them became Directors of National Research Laboratories. I understand that I am being too sentimental which I must not be in public forums like this but I elapsed my most fruitful 38 years among them extremely closely and my mindset is so tuned. I openly admit that I am in no way come to any comparison to any of them but it is an undenying fact that I am a strong believer in "quality" so if I see that quality is compromising, I simply can not stand.

I apologise if I have hurt the consensus of any of my co-professional but I must urge that we must keep in mind the proverb I have mentioned above in this post.


Siddhartha S. Ray, Calcutta

Pls refer Shodhganga (INFLIBNET) !!!

Regards !!


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