Special Prof. Dr. Phavich Thongrot, the advisor to the Minister of Education, has recently reported that he was aware of the business of writing Ph. D. theses for doctoral students as advertised on some websites. When visited, the sites provide information on how to contact the so-called research team leaders who come from many universities in Thailand. Moreover, the sites guarantee their customers that the academic work will be of high quality as it will be conducted by former university lecturers, Ph. D. students from Thailand and foreign countries as well as over ten highly qualified people who have been carrying out research for more than 20 years. Some sites even boast that their staff has successfully written 1,000 research projects on behalf of many Ph. D. students already.
"Actually, ghost writers for academic work have existed for quite some time, starting from bachelor degree term papers, master degree theses and finally Ph. D. dissertation. The development of this business usually begins with only typing research work for students. The more work the business owner has, the more databases and networks there will be. To make things worse, the ghost writers are hired to do research work for teachers who would like to be promoted. Each work reportedly costs 200,000 baht. I can call this activity an academic crime," said Special Prof. Phavich, adding that he was meeting the Director General of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to discuss how to prosecute not only the ghost writers of academic work but also the students and universities that allow this to occur.