Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Research scholars to face stiff action for plagiarism

Research scholars to face stiff action for plagiarism

Soon a research scholar could face cancellation of his or her registration if found to have plagiarised someone else's work and faculty , if found guilty of the same, could be debarred from publishing any work, denied annual increments and disqualfied from supervising any student or scholar. As part of its effort to have zero tolerance towards plagiarism, the University Grants Commission, has drafted a new policy to curb the menace. It says authorities of higher education institution (HEI) can also take suo motu notice of an act of plagiarism and initiate proceedings.
As per the draft policy , three types of penalties would be imposed on those found guilty of lifting someone else's work.
While in case of “Level 1 and 2“ offence, the researchers would get a chance to revise their work, “Level 3“ offence, which is “60% similarities“ would result in cancellation of the researcher's registration.
That's for plagiarism in noncore areas. However for plagiarism in core areas there will be `zero tolerance'. As per the new policy “The core work carried out by the student, faculty , staff and researcher shall be based on original ideas and shall be covered by Zero Tolerance Policy on Plagiarism. In case plagiarism is established in the core work claimed, then Plagiarism Disciplinary Authority (PDA) of the HEI shall impose maximum penalty.“ Core work shall include abstract, summary , hypothesis, observations, results, conclusions and recommendations.
The draft calls for setting up of PDA, Academic Misconduct Panel (AMP) and installation of software to detect plagiarism, among other reforms at universities and colleges across the co untry . As per the new policy if any member of the academic community has reason to suspect a case of plagiarism, he or she shall report it to the competent designated authority of the university . Upon receipt of such a complaint or allegation the university authority shall refer the case to the AMP who in turn shall submit a report to the PDA.
All students submitting thesis, dissertation, term papers, reports or other such documents to the HEI shall submit an undertaking indicating the document has been prepared by him or her and is hisher original work and free of any plagiarism


Source: The Times of India dated 05/09/2017

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