A few years ago, I sat as an observer when MBA students were being interviewed by external examiners in an institution in India. To my surprise, the external examiner had not even seen the project report before the student arrived. I examined some project reports and found that the quality of citation was poor and the References/Bibliography was inadequate. These were never even picked up or commented upon.

I have, as a member at CiteHr, tried to help with students' queries. I have even offered FREE SERVICES to proof read and make constructive comments. Only a couple of students took the opportunity two or three years ago. Since then, I have found some students seeking help with their projects, in terms of asking how to develop a questionnaire. They hardly answer questions posed and expect spoon feeding.

I wonder whether the standard has improved or as some one said "The students are quite adept at copying and pasting and even copy the whole project of previous batch students and claim it as their own." I also know of instances where the institutions could not careless if students Plagiarise, as long as they get their fees paid.

Sitting in the UK, it's easy for me to comment. I wonder whether members of CiteHR would like to comment on my observations.

From United Kingdom
Learning & Teaching Fellow (retired)
Raj Kumar Hansdah
Shrm, Od, Hrd, Pms

Raj Kumar Hansdah

I regret this late response.

I understand the problems related to quality of MBA projects undertaken by the students. These are taken up merely as a requirement for the award of degree. There is neither any initiative nor enthusiasm on the part of the students and faculty alike, to delve into and come up with some unique findings. Neither the research topic, nor the research methodology and scope are well defined. Ideally, there should be considerable discussion and brain-storming on choosing a project. On the contrary, it is done keeping in mind the easy accessibility of previous research papers. Most of the projects are simply re-writes of those done earlier.

This is true for those MBA dispensing institutions in the business industry of Education.

It is discouraging to try to improve the system. However, now with more and more institutions making databases of all their records and converting paper documents to electronic formats; in future it would be easier to track the quality and uniqueness of such projects.

Another way is to have a brief course on Research Methodology and Referencing Systems. This will definitely motivate student to undertake genuine research work.

Warm regards.

From India, Delhi

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