Bringing out the first-of-its-kind law in the education sector of the country, the UGC plans to put an end to plagiarism in academia. The punishment for the same will range from a warning to deregistration for a student and dismissal from service for teachers.
Taking the raft of plagiarism charges against students and teachers into consideration, last year, the University Grants Commission had made use of anti plagiarism software mandatory for checking PhD theses.
According to a senior UGC official, a regulation is prepared to prevent plagiarism in higher education sectors for all students including Masters, MPhil, PhD and teachers. UGC ensures intellectual honesty and academic integrity through anti plagiarism drive. A source states that level of punishment can be an advisory, letter of displeasure, censure (of teachers), etc. Provisions are also included to debar the offender from publishing for a certain period.