Problems faced by the University Research Scholars during COVID-19


  • Saba Sarwar University of Sargodha
  • Ghulam Haider University of Sargodha


Problems, University researchers, COVID-19


COVID-19's explosion has posed a serious danger to global economic activity, and it has made life particularly tough for research institutes. The global spread of corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is continuing to have a significant impact, making it difficult to strike a balance between personal safety and work responsibilities. Most research scientists have had to deal with a variety of unforeseen challenges. This is primarily due to a lack of tools and challenges connected to managing personal security and family obligations during this time. The objective of this research paper was to find out the problems faced by the university researchers during COVID-19 pandemic. The study was qualitative in nature. Social sciences and pure sciences faculties were part of the sample. An interview was scheduled with M.Phil & Ph.D students from the city of Faisalabad for data collection purposes. Simple random sampling was employed. Results of the study shows that there were numerous problems such as data collection, research tools, access to the labs, internet resources, residence in hostels as well as transportation issues that the university researchers face in their research work during COVID-19.


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How to Cite

Sarwar, S., & Haider, G. (2024). Problems faced by the University Research Scholars during COVID-19. Competitive Education Research Journal, 5(1), 86–95. Retrieved from