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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 467
The intricacies of research work

Mahatma Gandhi PG Institute of Dental Sciences, Puducherry, India, India

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Date of Web Publication24-Dec-2010

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Ramesh V. The intricacies of research work. Indian J Dent Res 2010;21:467

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Dissertation is a requirement for partial fulfillment of Master of Dental Surgery program in India. During this process, many post graduate students fail to plan the methodology properly and end up miserably with a poor quality of the research work and it becomes futile on all the efforts on work, money and time spent. Many a times, we see the students write up in the concluding paragraphs of their dissertation work which states that "The study material is not sufficient enough to come out with any authentic report; hence need to take up larger number of samples to prove the worth of the findings". Why should we end with this statement if the sampling has been done properly with the consent of the statistician? So utmost care has to be taken in planning the structure, design and the methodology of the study before the beginning of the research.

It is customary for the students to scroll the literature to find out some topics for the dissertation before they have to submit the protocol of their study work, at the last moment. The interest should generate from within and not by compulsions. They should analyze their field of interest, feasibility and facilities available in their laboratory set up and as far as possible they should do the research work within their institution campus and avoid knocking the doors of outsiders. They can pick up any topic as long as it has some rationale and sensibility in their approach while choosing their topic, not necessarily pick up only from literatures. It is worthy to mention here that before they start the work, the study protocol should be cleared by ethical and research committees of the institution concerned.

Another bad approach of the students in research work is that they are more prejudiced - even before they start their work. It is always the belief of the students that what ever reported in their key article should be reflected in their study also. If their expected results have not come in their results, they start indulging in manipulations of the results.

It is generally the feeling of the students that if the expected results have not come, it is felt that there is something wrong in the procedure, design and the techniques applied. This is particularly so in immuno histochemical studies. It should be remembered that even the negative reports convey a message and need not always go in hand with the previously published reports.

Finally, the outcome of the research should be published, only then the chain of their findings will continue to remain in existence; otherwise the whole work will become futile. So the approach toward the research should be changed in our education system and initiate the flame of interest which should come whole heartedly and not just for the sake of completion.

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V Ramesh
Mahatma Gandhi PG Institute of Dental Sciences, Puducherry, India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-9290.74205

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