Kannur University has initiated steps to enforce compliance of research scholars with the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) directive to check plagiarism in dissertations.
The KU Syndicate has decided to implement the UGC’s guidelines for ensuring the originality of the research theses being submitted by research scholars, though practical features of the anti-plagiarism measures being taken will be decided when they are ready for implementation.
Once the UGC’s guidelines are implemented, the anti-plagiarism certification will be mandatory for submitting research theses.
In the first stage, a training class on the theoretical and practical aspects of the anti-plagiarism measures being taken by the university was held here the other day for research scholars.
T. Asokan, Pro Vice Chancellor of the university said, “In foreign universities, even the assignments and term papers submitted as part of classroom study are being examined by anti-plagiarism software.”
The VC said that the university’s plan was to implement the anti-plagiarism examination in the university in three months. Details regarding percentage of content permissible from other works would be fixed by the Syndicate in a month by considering the standards set by other universities, he said, adding that the permissible percentage would be tentatively between 20 and 25 per cent, Hindu reported.