Contributing Your Thought

(Dr. Humayun Bakht, )

I have found researchers often confuse with respect to their final research contribution. I do not see it necessary to always have a completely new solution of a problem. Despite, it is always beneficial as in most of the cases it is taken as one of the solid contribution to a chosen field. In other words, it might be a challenge if you do modification to an existing solution, therefore it may become difficult to defend final outcome. The same could true for a new solution where there is some previous work is conducted. However, it might not be as problematic as in the case of former one. There are many reasons, referring back to what is explained as a purpose for background research where you build up a research format through background study of an area. In this format, you first defend your proposal that there is a problem. In-fact, there is no point of researching an area if there is no problem. Here problem does not mean as problem, rather it could be taken as NEED OF WORK. Once that has been justified off-course through analyzing existing schemes and pointing out weaknesses in them. These weaknesses then provide a ground to justify final findings. Your findings could take one of many form i.e. a complete structure or a semi structure.

On the other hand you are a fortunate one if you work in an area where no previous work is reported. Therefore, what you produce could be taken as final as long as it makes sense. Here you meet different challenges then the above mentioned two scenarios. Since no short comings of previously proposed solutions are available, examinee need to explore relevant or potential challenges by his or herself. One should take extra precaution as if you mentioned some of the issue completely relevant to your own area then an examiner might conclude that your work has not finished yet. Therefore, it is important that such points are raised in a manner where they look like potential areas emerges from conduced researcher rather then entirely connected and needs resolving alongside.

In a general sense researcher has already obtained basic knowledge of his or her selected area of specialization. At this level one should focus more in going to the standard details prior to reading any of other proposed solutions. Unless you are sure that you know the problem fully well it is not recommended to proceeds further. It is in view of several reasons such as one might have selected a particular area on some one’s advise rather then his or her own effort. Some other possibilities could be potential of securing a position or too much have been said about a particular area in Media. In addition, without building up a solid understanding of the topic you might not be able to grip technical depth of other thoughts. Ultimately, you might come up with a solution with weaknesses which are harder to defend. It some time sounds as a time wastage idea though in reality it is not.

The answer to question how to have detail knowledge is quite simple. Rather then focusing on too much technicality initially focus on non-technical articles. There are lot of magazine which other wise are not regarded as solidly academic, can help you in doing that. Once the essential knowledge has been developed it is the right time for you to expand your information further. Please make a list of weak and strong points of the examined area. In addition, write own thoughts as to why do you see this problem exists. Irrespective weather such thought sound silly, it will help you building a researcher within you. Moreover, a sort of confidence is developed with the passage of time which helps in presenting your view in a much better way.

About the Author
Dr. Humayun Bakht has been a researcher and a lecturer in the field of Computing Sciences. He is a regular author of academic and non academic articles. This presented article is a reflection of his forth coming book “Road Map to PhD”. Dr. Bakht could be reached at [email protected]

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