More than a year after the apex body of the Postgraduate Institution of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) directed the then director Dr YK Chawla to take departmental action against four doctors found guilty of “plagiarism”, nothing has been done in the case. The doctors, also accused of “unethical practices”, in publishing their research papers, were issued notices to reply to the charges within two weeks in May this year. Only two have filed a reply, sources say.
The doctors served the notices are pharmacology department head Dr Amitava Chakravarti; associate professor, department of endocrinology, Dr Pinaki Dutta; head of parasitology department Dr Rakesh Sehgal and associate professor in department of urology Dr Santosh Kumar.
“We are waiting for a response from the doctors. We have initiated the process to take action, but cannot specify a time frame. We will try to wrap up the issue as soon as possible,” said a senior administrative officer, on the condition of anonymity.
After waiting for a long time, the PGI has come up with its own anti-plagiarism guidelines.
In case, plagiarism is detected, it will be deliberated and discussed and a standing committee be constituted for the purpose to evaluate and examine the research frauds in a time-bound manner.
However, the guidelines neither talk about punishment nor the time within which the committee has to give its report.
The licence to use the plagiarism-detecting must be given to each faculty. While submitting the thesis, student is required to submit a “plagiarism verification certificate” from the library.