|PCHRD Executive Director Jaime C. Montoya during the dialogue with the scholars
To address the pressing issues of its scholars under the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (ASTHRDP), the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) organized a dialogue called a â€œConference for Non-Complying Scholarsâ€ last November 08, 2011 at the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) Conference Room, Bicutan, Taguig City.
Based on past experiences, many scholars fail to meet all the requirements of their scholarship program. Status of scholars is either overdue, delinquent, withdrawn, terminated or in extension.
Ms. Imelda De Leon, Coordinator of the PCHRD-ASTHRDP re-oriented the scholars about the ASTHRDPâ€™s objective, acceptable reasons for valid extension, requirements for extension and temporary lift of travel ban and grounds for termination of scholarship. Ms. De Leon explained that if a scholar fails to comply with the scholarship agreement, the scholar will be required to refund all allowances received.
Common problems of the scholars identified during the dialogue were on funding; data gathering because laboratory and experimental procedure/methodology take longer time and there is not enough time for thesis-making; concern with their advisers because of the many revisions in their thesis and the delay of returning their thesis approval; problems in academics, ethics clearance; and other personal concerns.
In response to the issues raised, PCHRD Executive Director Dr. Jaime C. Montoya advised the scholars, â€œFrom the start, funding may not be enough. You can look for other sources of support, become a research assistant (RA) or seek funds from other agencies. You should also establish a good working relationship with your advisers to make your thesis work easier.â€
- Published: 02 December 2011