HRD Ministry approves new regulations on plagiarism drafted by UGC

Published on: Aug 4, 2018 12:16 IST
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Human Resource and Development (HRD) Ministry has approved the new regulations on plagiarism drafted by the University Grants Commission (UGC) which states that research student found guilty of it may lose their registration and teachers could lose their jobs. According to a gazette notification, plagiarism of up to 10 per cent would not invite any penalty for students however students will have to submit a revised research paper within six months if plagiarism is found to above 10 per cent and up to 40 per cent.

Students will be debarred from submitting a revised paper for one whole year if plagiarism is found to be between 40 per cent and 60 per cent. In case of above 60 per cent, student's registration for a programme will be cancelled.

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

Teachers will be asked to withdraw the manuscript if their academic and research papers have similarities ranging from 10 per cent to 40 per cent with other papers. In case the similarities are between 40 per cent and 60 per cent, they will not be allowed to supervise new masters, MPhil, PhD students for two years and will also be denied the right to one annual increment, the regulations said. In case of repeat plagiarism of over 60 per cent similarity, the faculty members will be suspended, even dismissed.

"Upon receipt of such a complaint or allegation the Departmental Academic Integrity Panel (DAIP) shall investigate the matter and submit its recommendations to the Institutional Academic Integrity Panel (IAIP) of the Higher Education Institutions (HEI). The authorities of HEI can also take suo motu notice of an act of plagiarism and initiate proceedings under these regulations," the regulations read.

"Similarly, proceedings can also be initiated by the HEI on the basis of findings of an examiner. All such cases will be investigated by the IAIP," the regulations said. The move comes after the UGC found three cases -two involving vice chancellors of different universities - of plagiarism in writing PhD thesis.

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