Indore: University Grants Commission (UGC) has not only toughened rules to check plagiarism but it has also directed higher education institutions (HEIs) to teach students cardinal principal of academic integrity.

In a notification for UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2018, the higher education regulator directed HEIs to include the cardinal principles of academic integrity in the curricula of UG/PG etc as a compulsory course work/module.

“The UGC also directed HEIs to include elements of responsible conduct of research and publication ethics as a compulsory course work/module for Masters and Research Scholars,” said Prof Abhay Kumar, head of School of Electronics at DAVV.

Kumar said that the UGC has issued an advisory to the institutions to prevent and curb plagiarism in academic writing. Institutions of higher learning have also been asked to train student, faculty, researcher and staff for using plagiarism detection tools and reference management tools and establish facility equipped with modern technologies for detection of plagiarism.

The HEIs have been told to encourage student, faculty, researcher and staff to register on international researcher’s registry systems. All institutions have been asked to instruct students, faculty, researcher 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, international conventions and regulations governing the source.

“HEIs should conduct sensitization seminars/ awareness programs every semester on responsible conduct of research, thesis, dissertation, promotion of academic integrity and ethics in education for students, faculty, researcher and staff,” the notification reads.

It is to be noted that the UGC lately issued new rules for plagiarism allowing only 10 per cent of copying. For plagiarism above 10 per cent, it provisioned for penalty.

  1. HEI shall declare and implement the technology based mechanism using appropriate software so as to ensure that documents such as thesis, dissertation, publications or any other such documents are free of plagiarism at the time of their submission.
  2. The mechanism as defined at above shall be made accessible to all engaged in research work including student, faculty, researcher and staff etc.
  3. Every student submitting a thesis, dissertation, or any other such documents to the HEI shall submit an undertaking indicating that the document has been prepared by him or her and that the document is his/her original work and free of any plagiarism.
  4. The undertaking shall include the fact that the document has been duly checked through a Plagiarism detection tool approved by the HEI.
  5. HEI shall develop a policy on plagiarism and get it approved by its relevant statutory bodies/authorities. The approved policy shall be placed on the homepage of the HEI website.
  6. Each supervisor shall submit a certificate indicating that the work done by the researcher under him / her is plagiarism free.
  7. HEI shall submit to INFLIBNET soft copies of all Masters, Research program’s dissertations and thesis within a month after the award of degrees for hosting in the digital repository under the “Shodh Ganga e-repository”.
  8. HEI shall create Institutional Repository on institute website which shall include dissertation/thesis/paper/publication and other in-house publications

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