The University of Pune (UoP) will soon install anti-plagiarism software in the computer systems in all its departments to prevent plagiarism at the PhD level.
The software, which will cost up to Rs 12 lakh, will check the papers submitted to find if any paragraph or lines have been copied and pasted from the Internet or other sources related to the subject.
Sources said that unlike Kurukshetra University in Haryana and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi, the UoP had not yet installed such software, which can detect plagiarism in the theses submitted by scholars.
The sources said this was the case even though the University Grants Commission’s Information and Library Network Centre (INFLIBNET), which provides online journals and resources to the universities, last year had launched Shodhganga as a repository to tackle the problem in research-related activities and take action against researchers who indulge in plagiarism.
“Since plagiarism is a growing concern, only after getting a green signal from the software the research paper will be passed to the guides concerned for evaluation. We’ll blacklist those who indulged in such malpractices,” said a senior official from the science department of the UoP.
Though online journals and other resources have become popular in recent years because of their cost-effectiveness, these are being unfairly y used for copy-paste purposes.
According to the official, the rules at the JNU provide for disciplinary action determined by the committee dealing with cases of copying. The committee also provides for a fair opportunity to the candidate to prove his innocence, while at Kurukshetra University, the Academic Council has the right to withdraw the degree if plagiarism is detected in any works.
Director of Board of College and University Development (BCUD) Professor W N Gadde said the software was currently at the testing stage.
“We are still testing the software and nothing is confirmed yet. There are some copyright issues and we are working on these,” Gadde said.
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