UGC(University Grants Commission), said on Wednesday that researchers will lose their registration and teachers their jobs if found guilty of plagiarising. Offenders will be punished severely said the regulatory body.
There will be graded punishment for offenders. This essential move should have come much earlier to ensure that Indian academia is a wellspring of fresh ideas rather than a morass of regurgitated thoughts.
Plagiarism — the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own (read cheating) — has been gnawing away at India’s academia for years; even top academicians have been caught at it.
For example, Pondicherry University vice-chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy quit in 2016 after a prolonged stand-off with the ministry of human resource development, following allegation that she plagiarised large parts of one of her books.
BS Rajput, the vice-chancellor of Kuamon University, was found to be a serial plagiarist. Eventually, seven Stanford University professors wrote to the then President APJ Abdul Kalam about him. Appa Rao Podile, vice-chancellor of the University of Hyderabad, was accused of plagiarizing from not one, but three scientific papers.