UGC Guidelines for Prevention of Plagiarism in Indian Academia

Plagiarism is the use of another person’s work in your own writing, without acknowledging or referencing the original source of academic content. Right now, various educational institutions are facing a big issue about plagiarism. Plagiarism involves copying content from other sources, and this practice has spread widely in higher education, even in research work. Starting from the average graduate students to scholars, all are applying this method in their papers, as a result, the quality of education has gradually diminished in India. Plagiarism is a dark spot upon the legitimacy of education all over the world, and that’s why UGC has recently drafted certain regulations to control and punish plagiarism.

The Golden Rule to Restrain Plagiarism:  

  • Always use proper citations and references in your writing.
  • Always keep sentences in quotation marks that are taken from other sources.
  • Try to highlight the original writer in your writing and give credit to him.   

Detection and Controlling of Plagiarism in India:

If a teacher or a professor suspects plagiarism with proof on a paper, he or she will inform the Departmental Academic Integrity Panel and then DAIP will investigate properly. A student has to submit a report generated by Turnitin, Viper or any other plagiarism checking software along with his or her original writing to understand if their academic writing abides by the UGC guidelines and if there are any copied sentences that have not been referenced correctly in their writing.

UGC notified Rules & Regulations about Plagiarism Control in India:

The UGC had formed a committee to investigate and prevent plagiarism and this committee introduced few rules and regulation regarding plagiarism which is known as the University Grants Commission (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Preclusion of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2017, and it was notified by the UGC on 1st September 2017. On 20th March 2018, UGC approved the rules and regulations after the approval of the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Purpose of the UGC Guidelines:

  • Raising awareness of responsible behaviour in academia and preventing plagiarism
  • Establishing academic honesty and the prevention of plagiarism
  • Setting up a procedure to catch plagiarism and make proper punishment for the sinners

Methods of Plagiarism Prevention in Academic Work:

  • At the time of final submission, each student must submit a pledge letter stating that his or her text is original and has not been plagiarized from any source
  • Teachers and scholars in educational institutions should be given access to the plagiarism checking software for checking plagiarism
  • All supervisors will provide a certificate stating that all students under him will not deliver any plagiarized writing.
  • The educational institutions will set up an online repository for all their research papers, journals and other paper publications, such as the Shohdganga in India.

Plagiarism Tolerance Rules:  

Plagiarism tolerance has been divided into two sections:

  1. Zero tolerance: Plagiarism is not considered or tolerated. You need to submit a 0% plagiarism report along with your writing.
  2. Tolerance areas: Plagiarism is allowed to a certain amount of percentage and it has been divided into few sections given below:
  • 0% to 10% — Excluded from punishment
  • 10% to 40% — level 1 punishment
  • 40% to 60% — level 2 punishment
  • More than 60% — level 3 punishment

Penalties for Plagiarism:

The UGC has imposed some penalties to prevent students from plagiarism. The penalties are mentioned in section 13 of the UGC guideline. It states that if a student is found guilty for plagiarism in his or her writing and if it is proven, then the accused will be punished immediately. However, sufficient opportunity will be given for the accused to explain. If caught with plagiarism, the student’s text will be discarded immediately, and he will be fined according to the severity of the plagiarism. If the student’s writing is diagnosed with plagiarism, the student’s writing will be cancelled immediately and he or she will be fined according to the severity of the plagiarism. All educational institutions must follow the guidelines provided by the UGC and it is expected that the Practice of Plagiarism will decrease in Indian education institutions with such measures. 

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