UGC plagiarism norms: Teachers to lose jobs, students their registrations

University Grants Commission (UGC) recently notified a new regulation under which student researchers found guilty of plagiarism may lose their registration and teachers could lose their jobs.

The UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2018, approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) this week.

In case plagiarism is found in the paper submitted by a student between 40 percent and 60 percent, the researcher’s enrolment will be cancelled. If similarities found in the paper from 10 per cent to 40 percent with other papers, then the researcher will be asked to withdraw the manuscript.

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In case of similarities between 40 percent and 60 percent, students will not be allowed submitting a revised paper for one year and if the similarities are above 60 percent then the student’s registration will be cancelled.

For teachers, if similarities are between 10 per cent and 40 percent with other papers then they will be asked to withdraw their manuscript and for between 40 percent and 60 percent, they will not be allowed to supervise new masters, MPhil, PhD students for two years. They will also be denied the right to one annual increment, the UGC notification said.

The faculty members can be suspended or even dismissed in case of repeat plagiarism of over 60 percent. UGC recently found three cases of plagiarism in writing PhD thesis, including two involving vice chancellors of different universities.

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