Mumbai school not the use of UGC plagiarism checker regardless of reminders

10/23/2019 12:00 AM by Reji Modiyil in


Two months after the institution promises fee (UGC) made a plagiarism-detection utility accessible to all greater schooling institutes in the country, the University of Mumbai (MU) is yet to use it regardless of a collection of reminders.

UGC is the apex body that governs all higher academic institutes within the nation.

In may also, the UGC had issued a unique word to the institution for now not imposing any anti-plagiarism framework to display Ph.D. theses submitted with the aid of college students. soon after, in August, the UGC made the anti-plagiarism application ‘URKUND’ obtainable on a trial basis to all universities. The trial all started on September 1. although, MU is yet to start the use of the software, pointed out sources within the institution.

according to authentic figures, the institution receives around 350 thesis and research papers each year from students in its departments, analysis centers, and affiliated schools. On an average, the institution arms out 330 PhDs yearly.

despite the fact, not one of the theses moves through plagiarism examine, talked about a senior professor from the tuition, on the situation of anonymity. The institution had converted its library and thesis department into a cell for anti-plagiarism strategies. “The school doesn’t have a digital repository of tips on scholars in addition to their works. This makes it complicated for the tuition to screen all Ph.D. theses,” observed the professor. prior the varsity had planned to buy licenses for Turnitin utility, but the plan did not take off. Now that the URKUND software is obtainable for free, utilization of the software has now not all started.

tuition professional vice-chancellor Ravindra Kulkarni changed into unavailable for a remark. An official from the thesis branch pointed out not all theses are being screened, however work has already began.

“We are just starting to use the URKUND utility. in the meanwhile, the license is shared if any school member asks for it,” he pointed out, without divulging particulars on how many faculty participants have accessed the license to date. despite the fact, no reputable communique has come from the tuition concerning the use of the application, spoke of professors.

“We have these days bought the rights for Turnitin software. we are demonstrating it to faculty contributors. any further, all theses will move through Turnitin,” said seasoned vice-chancellor Ravindra Kulkarni.

it's important to note that last yr, a city faculty lecturer had made a complaint of plagiarism towards senior Economics professor Neeraj Hatekar. in the absence of an Institutional Academic Integrity Panel (IAIP), the college has shaped a brand new committee to seem to be in the remember.

In yet an extra violation of the UGC guidelines, no longer all theses are uploaded on the critical repository of Shodhganga. As on date, there are handiest 214 theses below MU which are uploaded on Shodhganga. “we have started importing theses on Shodhganga. it is going to make an effort however we can soon upload all the research work,” talked about an respectable from the thesis department.

In evaluation, different reputed state universities reminiscent of Madras tuition, Anna tuition, Savitribai Phule Pune tuition, Benaras Hindu college, and Allahabad college had been the usage of the URKUND or other anti-plagiarism software for at the least two years now. each one of these universities has particular programs enabling one to assess any documents for plagiarism.

this is in response to the UGC laws issued in July 2018 on the promotion of tutorial Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in larger academic associations. The UGC requested the universities to install IAIP to promote tutorial integrity and to improve techniques to detect plagiarism.

according to the apex body, any similarity of over 10 percent in two documents is regarded as plagiarism or duplication. The regulatory body also laid down penalties for plagiarism — no penalty for similarities up to 10 percent; revision of script within six months for similarities above 10/cent to 40 /cent; debarred from submitting a revised script for a length of one year for similarities above forty per cent to 60 per cent; cancellation of registration for similarities above 60 per cent.


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