Growing up in Nepal I once thought getting PhD (Doctor Of Philosophy) was the biggest achievement one can ever have. The respect and importance PhD holders get in Nepali society is so much that it makes you think they are from different planet. Most of the times, we glorify them more than what actually they deserve. There are many misconception and myths about PhD in Nepal. This conception clearly comes out once we leave country and come to study abroad. Many of us pursue PhD after university degree but never dare to write about it because now we could be one of those. This time, let’s discuss about it.
1 You Do Not Have To Be Genius To Do PhD
It is not about your intelligence. You don’t have to be a super genius to do PhD. It is all about dedication and how committed you can be for an independent project that lasts for more than 3 years. Anyone with average mind can go for it provided he is committed.
2 PhD Does Not Make You A Better Person
As we say in Nepal ‘Yetro padheko manchhe le pani yeti sano kura kati nabujheko’. The question here is PhD or any academic degree does not make you a better person. They don’t give you life lessons. So there is absolutely no connection between being a better person and completing PhD. That’s why sometimes you can find some uneducated persons very inspiring and interesting. Life and experiences make you great personality, not PhD research.
3 PhD Holders Do Not Necessarily Make More Money
In Nepal there is this concept that ‘Mero chhora/chhori le PhD sakyo, tanna paisa kamauchha aba’. This is totally not correct. PhD holders mostly are engaged in academia where they make decent money to have a good life but not that as our parents and relatives think back home. There is not much difference between PhD and other professional jobs when it comes to salary.
4 It Is Not Difficult To Get Admission In PhD
It can be very difficult to get PhD position in Nepal as our universities are just growing and they may not have enough resources for PhD such as supervisors, funding etc. But this is just opposite in Europe, America or other developed countries. It is not that easy that Professors welcome you with open arms for PhD but comparatively the road is quite straight forward. Any average student with Masters Degree or Undergraduate (in the US) can definitely get PhD. Universities are very supportive and you have direct connection with the Professors. I have never met a Nepali friend who wants to do PhD and did not get admission. Getting fully funded PhD can be a different story though.
5 PhD Does Not Guarantee You A Job
Just like any other degree, PhD graduation does not guarantee you a job. ‘Employment Crisis for New PhDs’ is much talked issue in the west. However you hardly see a Nepali unemployed who holds PhD.
Having said that, getting PhD is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. It requires continuous dedication, focus and long term commitment. I dedicate this article all the Nepalis who survived PhD. Well done! Congratulations.
PS: Blogger Does Not Have A PhD 😛