Months after being accused of plagiarism, two professors at IP University continue to hold their position as deans of the education and the law department.
The IP University Teachers Association (IPUTA) has now raised objection to the university’s alleged indifference in the matter. “While one has completed her term as dean but has been kept at the position ‘until further orders’ of the vice-chancellor, the other professor’s deputation ended in December last year but she has stayed on and her professorship reviewed retrospectively. The university had set up an enquiry against the two professors on charges of plagiarism but is not willing to remove them from the post of deans, even if it is till the time an enquiry report is submitted. This is just absurd,” said a member of the IPUTA.
The vice-chancellor, however, says the deans have been appointed as per statutes.
“Plagiarism is not a criminal act. It comes under the Copyright Act. Under this Act, the person holding the copyright has to complain against plagiarism. This has not happened. So, it is an ethical issue and not a criminal one. The complainants are not law or education experts and neither am I, so I have no right to remove them from their posts. An enquiry committee has been constituted to look into the allegations. Based on their report, the board of management will decide on the further course of action. We also have to consider that the two deans are women and we have to maintain their dignity,” said DK Bandopadhyay, vice-chancellor, IP University.
IP University has been under fire recently for displaying prominently on its website that is was granted an A grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council even though its accreditation has expired.