Challenges Faced by Postgraduate Students: A Case Study of a Private University in Pakistan
FarhanaYasmin, Muhammad Saeed, Naseer Ahmad

This case study explores the challenges faced by Postgraduate students at a private sector university in Lahore. It is an attempt to come up with a model for challenges faced bythe students using Grounded Theory Approach. It fills the gap in the studies regarding challenges faced by postgraduate students at university level in Pakistan. The research questions focus on the challenges faced by the university students to pursue their educational degrees. The sample of the study included 15students of final semester at the Department of English Language and Literature in a private university in Lahore, Pakistan. The instrument of the study was semi-structured interview of the students. The qualitative data was analysed using open, axial and selective coding. Four dimensional challenges emerged as major themes: (a) Dispositional (b) Situational, (c) Institutional, and (d) Academic. These challenges were categorized into further sub-themes. The findings of the study show that these challenges are barriers in students‘ academic achievements. They need to be addressed rationally to improve students‘ academic performance. Some recommendations are forwarded for the related authorities to address these challenges to facilitate the students. The research recommends a mixed methods study on the topic in future.

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