Lack of Research, Professors’ Benefits to be Cut

Koran Sindo, page 5

Ministry for Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) reminded professors to increase the number of researches. The government would reduce benefits for professors if they are not productive.

The Director General of Research and Development Strengthening of Kemenristekdikti, Muhammad Dimyati said the policy would be implemented starting in 2017 or 2018.  Professors should set examples and be the initiator of researchers. So, it is reasonable they would be sanctioned if they do not conduct research. Professors could also be excluded from promotion if in a year they do not produce research that is published in national and international journals.

According to him, there are several factors which cause   lecturers to conduct very little/no reasearch, among others professors have no intention of conducting  research, do not have the  budget, are reluctant because preparing an accountability report is more complicated than the research itself.

Education observer, Syaiful Sagala assessed that  the policy to be enforced by  Kemenristekdikti is good. However, the problem that currently exists is that  researches are costly. Therefore, he asked the government not to just give sanctions, but also provide support in the form of budget.

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