Thesis cheats beware! Academic plagiarism being made an offence in India

(26 June 2016) The Government of India plans to bring in a law to stop rampant plagiarism in academia, with punishment ranging from a warning to deregistration in the case of students and dismissal from service for teachers.

Higher education regulator University Grants Commission (UGC) is finalising a draft law — the first of its kind — that is likely to be sent to the human resource development ministry for further action by June-end. Official sources said the government intends to seek parliamentary approval for the law this year itself.

In the absence of a law, educational institutions deal with cases of plagiarism individually. Last year, the UGC made it mandatory for all universities to use anti-plagiarism software to check PhD theses.

There has been a raft of plagiarism charges against central university vice-chancellors and teachers in recent years.

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