To sensitise students, researchers, faculty members and universities about increasing plagiarism being a major reason of deteriorating education system and level of research work in our country, retired professor HS Chopra from Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU) pens down a book titled ‘Plagiarism’ on the subject.
While speaking to HT about the book, Chopra said, “Despite the state and Centre government’s claims of putting efforts to upgrade the education system, everyone knows that the level is deteriorating instead. Plagiarism starts from schools and goes up to the university level.”
“Copying and cheating have crossed all limits in various states. This can be curbed with HRD ministry taking some serious steps,” he added.
Chopra, a PhD in history and ‘library and information science’, feels, “Today, the level of PhD has also fallen as plagiarism has entered the research sphere as well.”
“Chopra, who has written thirteen books and served as a librarian at GNDU library said, “The digital revolution has brought documents and articles on any subject just a click away and made Google and Wikipedia the modern gurus.”
Chopra feels that UGC (Univeristy Grants Commission) should make sure that plagiarism detection softwares such as ‘iThenticate’ and ‘Turnitin’ should be made compulsory in every university of the country.
ABOUT THE BOOK
In his book ‘Plagiarism’, the professor talks about the origin and development of plagiarism, digital plagiarism, self plagiarism, academic plagiarism and plagiarism detection. He has also quoted vice-chancellors, educationists and people who have been found doing/promoting plagiarism in the book.
“I have written what everyone knows. People who have been charged of plagiarism have records and accounts on internet and their references have been quoted in the book,” said the professor.