Thursday, June 22, 2017

University of Madras makes plagiarism software must

Jun 23 2017 : The Times of India (Chennai)
University of Madras makes plagiarism software must

Within a month of being appointed vice-chancellor of University of Madras, Professor P Duraisamy has implemented the mandatory use of plagiarism software in evaluation process of PhD programmes. Official orders have been circulated to departments, affiliated colleges and research institutions 10 days ago, following a resolution of the syndicate on May 29.All thesis thesis will now be run through the URKUND anti-plagiarism software. The threshold of plagiarism as certified by the software will have to be 20 percent for science disciplines, and 30 percent for mathematics, arts, humanities, social sciences, commerce and management disciplines, the university has decided.
If the plagiarism level exceeds the threshold level, the supervisor of the student will be informed. Revisions might be suggested and the revised thesis must be submitted with a certificate from the supervisor that the thesis is within the stipulated threshold value and has to be confirmed by the uni versity, the order stated. Research scholars have been asked to provide an e-copy of their thesis so that it can be run through the software.
A separate section has been created in the office of Controller of Examinations and the process will be conducted by an assistant technical officer from the library .
“A few thesis have passed through the software recently ,“ a professor said. Many professors themselves are touchy about the software, worried if their own publications will pass the required threshold.
In a related development, Madras University will soon have a system where the progress of PhD students can be tracked online, officials said.

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