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How to find a right research question for your thesis topic?

The fact often ignored while selecting a thesis topic is the research question underlying it. Probably the main reason why it is neglected happens to be the fact that it is vague and not adequately explained.

So the million dollar question is, “what is the  research question and from  where should you get it ?”

It is a clear, concise, explicit and arguable question around which is based on your thesis. It will help you focus your argument precisely on one issue and keep it on the right track. And finally, when you will be writing a paper for publication, the same question will make the main argument.

The next important question is as to how should one find the right research question.

The first step is to find the issue/topic which is of your interest. The research work is arduous and tedious. It is practically impossible to give your best if you do not like the issue in the first hand.

The second step is the explore more about that topic, about what others have done on this issue, to date. Google, Google, and Pubmed are the best places to search.

Step three is to start listing question that you feel are important and need an answer.

Finally step four is to refine your question. Avoid question which has yes or no or straightforward answer. Why question is often complicated and arguable are preferred, but we should see if it is feasible for us to research that question in our setting and resources. A better question is those who have many answers. Also, these question will require you to explain or defend your answers.

Let us know the issue you are facing in finding your thesis topic. We can ensure you that you are not the only one facing it.

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Post graduate training in medical colleges in India.

Few of the bright students join MBBS courses in India, and  among them, a chosen few , which are unarguably the brightest, finally join the post graduation courses. Do the medical colleges that we have , really have the resources and the capabilities to train this talented pool of graduate doctors into the specialists of this century. In most institution, the clinical training is not bad  because of large number and great variety of patients available, but same can not be said about the medical research. An excellent article by MS Tullu and S Karande titled “Quality research in Indian medical colleges and teaching institutions: The need of the hour” throws light on this issue. Author succinctly points reasons why we should engage in research, and also elaborate that  we have adequate resources at our disposal that it can surely be done here in India only.

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Thesis writng


The present status of thesis writing can not be better depicted than as done in a

beautiful article written by  Dr. Dhiraj Sonawane, titled “Phobia about Thesis in Medical Postgraduate student”, in Journal of medical thesis, 2014.

The article not only elaborates the reasons why students avoid participation in thesis writing but also suggests the ways with which the quality of post graduate thesis can be improved.  Its an article which should be read by both the students and the guide.