Published On: Sat, Jun 2nd, 2012

Plagiarism Detection via Electronic Mode

EduShine Academic Search

Plagiarism is the wrongful appropriation, close imitation or purloining and publication of another author’s language, thoughts, ideas or expressions  and the representation of them as one’s own original work. Plagiarism done by any person ids considered as dishonesty toward one’s profession. It is refers to an activity which is against the business ethics. Within academia, plagiarism by students, professors and researchers is considered academic fraud due to which offenders are subject to academic censure which can even lead to expulsion, loss of credibility and integrity. While plagiarism in academics has an old history, the upcoming of the internet, where everything articles appear as an electronic text, has made the physical act of copying the work of others much easier. Internet has been named as a revolution globally. As everything, this revolution has too some pros and cons. Copying of content from e-resources is one of the most easy task done by students everywhere. In line of the above discussion, to detect such offenders, the Central University of Punjab has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Information and Library Network Centre, Ahmedabad, to check the authenticity and reliability of the thesis and dissertations submitted by the students.

The library centre has been given the job of keeping the electronic copy of the thesis and dissertations through Shodhganga which is an online platform to check originality of the research work. This is accessible to all institutions and universities as per the UGC regulation for M Phil and PhD thesis. Shodhganga, a programme where the thesis written by the students are deposited with their availability to the entire academic community. It has the ability to store and publish the works submitted by the researchers. The tie up between the university with the library centre will allow the university faculty members and students to have an open access to research publications from across all the universities that have signed similar pacts with the centre.

According to Prof Jai Rup Singh, Vice-Chancellor of Central University of Punjab, it will help us to check the act of plagiarism in research and academic publications. Also, the MoU will enable us to access what the other universities are doing and avoid repetitions and plagiarism in various academic works.