In an astonishing revelation, a doctor facing action for a research fraud at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, said that his immediate boss is co-author in all his research papers.
Taking serious note of the fact, the Institutional Ethics Committee has asked the PGIMER director that “the practice of gifting authorship without substantial contribution must be discouraged”.
According to sources in the PGIMER, during his questioning Dr Pinaki Dutta, who has been debarred for doing any kind of research activity for two years, told the committee that Dr Anil Bhansali is a co-author in all of his publications. Dr Anil Bhansali is head of the department of endocrinology and immediate boss of Dr Dutta.
Sources revealed that when the committee asked Dr Dutta about Dr Anil Bhansali’s role in the work, which was eventually found based on data fabrication, he said that Dr Bhansali corrected all his manuscripts.
He also revealed Dr Bhansali’s name figures as co-author in all his published research works.
Sources revealed that the committee also asked Dr Pinaki that “doesn’t checking of manuscript amounts to proofreading only? Does it entitle authorship or only an acknowledgement?”
The committee also observed that the PGIMER should have clear policies on criteria for authorship. “Such policies should be communicated to all the faculty members,” the committee said.