Bhopal-based Barkatullah University (BU) will soon become the first university in the state to have a mechanism in place to stop plagiarism. The university has decided to purchase a software that will help detect plagiarism. Apart from this, the university will also get the copyright on the thesis of their PhD candidates under Intellectual Patent Regime (IPR).
BU vice chancellor MD Tiwari said, "Plagiarism in PhD thesis seems to be a major concern in the academic world when many a scholar, instead of putting in hard labour, chose the shortcut and copy the thesis submitted earlier. To stop repetition or copying of the PhD thesis, the university would create a set-up and install the software to detect plagiarism."
"BU will also get copyright of the works so that PhD candidates can continue their research on a subject. The copyright would definitely improve the research work of the university both in terms of quality and quantity. The new researches would be done in different field including arts, science and commerce," he added.
The initial budget of the whole project is Rs 2 crore. Work on it would start from the next academic year. Professors have welcomed the initiative but they feel proper monitoring and execution would have to be done effectively for the project to succeed.
Department of regional planning and economic growth, professor HS Yadav said, "The V-C is going to take a very good initiative which would improve the rank of the university."
"The software has been installed Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi so it is easy to check plagiarism. But BU has several affiliated colleges and it will be hard for the academics department to check copying and repetition. So the V-C will have to get the ordinance passed to change the provision to stop plagiarism with the help of this software. Besides change in provision, a monitoring wing would also be set-up to execute the project properly," he added.
Currently, students submit the thesis directly to their respective colleges, which later makes way to the academics department at the university.