New norms against plagiarism

Student researchers found guilty of plagiarism may lose their registration and teachers could lose their jobs as the Human Resource Development Ministry approved new regulations on plagiarism drafted by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The Ministry had notified the UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2018 this week.

The UGC had approved the regulations in its meeting held in March this year prescribing graded punishment for plagiarism.

According to a gazette notification, for students, plagiarism of up to 10% would not invite any penalty while that of between 10 and 40% would mean the students will have to submit a revised research paper within six months.

In case the similarities are between 40 and 60% , students will be debarred from submitting a revised paper for one year. A student’s registration for a programme will be cancelled if the similarities are above 60%.

Teachers whose academic and research papers have similarities ranging from 10 to 40% with other papers will be asked to withdraw the manuscript. In case the similarities are between 40 and 60%, they will not be allowed to supervise new masters, M.Phil, PhD students for two years and will also be denied the right to one annual increment, it said.

In case of repeat plagiarism of over 60% similarity, the faculty members will be suspended, even dismissed.

The new regulations prescribe that if any member of the academic community suspects plagiarism, he or she shall report it to the Departmental Academic Integrity Panel.

Parliament was on Thursday informed by the government that the UGC found three cases of plagiarism in writing PhD thesis.

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