UGC Anti-Plagiarism Laws : Below 10% plagiarism allowed

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The Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Educational Institutions is a 2018 regulation by the University Grants Commission that disallows even 10% of plagiarism in academic submissions. It was recently fast-tracked in the light of serious plagiarism cases at a university level. The same was checked through a

Plagiarised content in PhDs can cost students their registration as well. Any percentage of similarity above it will mandate a forced retraction of the Ph.D. manuscript.

The policy drafted in 2017 has finally been approved by the Human Resources Development (HRD) ministry. A similarity between the range of 40%-60% will result in a canceled annual increment. Above 60% similarity will disqualify their ability to supervise any new Master’s, M.Phil., Ph.D. Student/scholar for a period of three years.  

This regulation shall be applicable to students, faculties, researchers and even staff of higher educational institutes. In this respect, students and other bodies will be undergoing training for employing a plagiarism detection tool that will be approved by the university.

In June, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had informed the media of one such instance where a scholar’s Ph.D. thesis was wrongly used by other scholars to add to their own. Since such cases are becoming frequent, the use of plagiarism detector is becoming necessary. ‘Turnitin’ is being considered for this policy.

Earlier this week in the Rajya Sabha meeting, Satya Pal Singh, Minister of State for Human Resource Development stated that over the last 3 years, 3 Ph.D. plagiarism cases have been brought to the notice of the UGC. 2 of these 3 cases involved fake PhDs of vice-chancellors of different universities.  

“The UGC has informed that three cases have come to their notice in last three years against Chandra Krishnamurthy, vice chancellor of Pondicherry University (2015); Anil Kumar Upadhyay, reader of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapeeth, Varanasi (2017); and Vinay Kumar Pathak, vice chancellor of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow (2018),” quoted Satya Pal Singh.


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