BU to start plagiarism test of PhD thesis

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Dec 2017 11:50:55


Staff Reporter,

Following orders of University Grants Commission (UGC), Barkatullah University (BU) all set to check research thesis of PhD and M.Phil scholars through plagiarism software. The university would not be rewarding PhD degree without checking the thesis.

The university has decided to purchase the software and start testing from session 2018-19. However UGC has directed all universities during year 2014 but many universities failed to follow the same. The commission has also constituted a committee of experts to look into issues of plagiarism and recommended some institutional mechanism to eliminate the scope menace in higher education system in country during year 2016. The objective of the regulation is to promote academic research and deterrence from plagiarism by developing systems to detect plagiarism. As result, the committee emphasized on need to refer plagiarism in broader way by putting appropriate systems and checks in place.

The commission also asked observations and suggestions of stakeholders on draft UGC Regulation 2017 (promotion of academic integrity and prevention of plagiarism in highereducation institutions) prepared by committee is for observations and suggest by September 30. UGC said, objective of this regulations to create academic awareness about responsible conduct of research, study, project, marks, assignment, thesis, dissertation, promotion of academic integrity- and prevention of misconduct including plagiarism, academic writing among students, researchers, faculty and other members of academic staff as well as any employee of higher educational institute. It also aims to establish institutional mechanism through education and training to facilitate, responsible conduct of research, study, project work, assignment, thesis, dissertation, promotion of academic integrity and deterrence from plagiarism. It has objective to develop systems to detect plagiarism and to set up mechanisms to prevent plagiarism and punish a student, faculty, or staff of HEI committing the act of plagiarism.
UGC said, higher educational institutes are instructed to direct students, faculty and staff about proper attribution, seeking permission of the author wherever necessary, acknowledgement of source compatible with the needs and specificities of disciplines and in accordance with rules and Regulations governing the source.

All institutions are also directed to conduct sensitisation seminars and awareness programme every semester on responsible conduct of research, project work, assignment, thesis, dissertation, promotion of academic integrity and ethics in education for students, faculty and other members of academic staff.

All higher educational institutes are asked to declare and implement the technology based mechanism using appropriate software so as to ensure that documents such as thesis, dissertation, term papers, reports, publications or any other such documents are free of plagiarism at the time of their submission.

Every student submitting a thesis, dissertation, term papers, reports or any other such documents to the institute should submit an undertaking indicating that the document has been prepared by him or her and that the document is his original work and free of any plagiarism. Every faculty, researcher and M.Phil/Ph.D students should be provided account in plagiarism detection tools for checking the content of their scripts.

Each supervisor will submit a certificate indicating that the work done by the researcher under him is plagiarism free. All institutes have to submit INFLIBNET soft copies of all M.Phil., Ph.D. dissertations and theses carried out in its various departments after the award of degrees for hosting in the digital repository under the “Shodh Ganga e-repository” programme.