Plagiarism: Teachers to lose jobs, students their registration- new norms by UGC

NEW DELHI: Student researchers found guilty of plagiarism may lose their registration and teachers could lose their jobs as the HRD ministry approved new regulations on plagiarism drafted by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The ministry had notified the UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2018 this week.

According to a gazette notification, for students, plagiarism of up to 10 per cent would not invite any penalty while that of between 10 per cent and 40 per cent would mean they will have to submit a revised research paper within six months.

In case the similarities are between 40 per cent and 60 per cent, students will be debarred from submitting a revised paper for one year. A student’s registration for a programme will be cancelled if the similarities are above 60 per cent.

Teachers whose academic and research papers have similarities ranging from 10 per cent to 40 per cent with other papers will be asked to withdraw the manuscript. In case the similarities are between 40 per cent and 60 per cent, they will not be allowed to supervise new masters, MPhil, PhD students for two years and will also be denied the right to one annual increment.

In case of repeat plagiarism of over 60 per cent similarity, the faculty members will be suspended, even dismissed. 


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