Plagiarism Policy

Introduction

  • The word plagiarism is derived from Latin word plagiarism which literally means kidnapper. Though the strata of academicians are talking about plagiarism more strongly of late but this unhealthy practice exists since centuries with the incidences rampantly rising recently.
  • There is no existence of clear definition of academic plagiarism; however, according to BelaGipp it encompasses: “The use of idea, concepts, words or structures without appropriately accommodating the source to benefit in a setting where originality is expected”.
  • In some context it is considered as theft or stealing of someone else’s intellectual property. It is also referred as academic dishonesty or academic fraud. Numerous guidelines are formulated and are framed basically to warn the author with a clear message that if this particular work is not yours and if you are incorporating into your work; you simply must extend credit to the original author.
  • There are various levels of plagiarism devised by institutions, allowing another to incorporate views/conclusions/ thoughts of another into his/her work by complementing or quoting the original author by various methods.

Level 1: Un-credited verbatim copying of a full paper.

Level 2: Un-credited verbatim copying of a large portion (up to half) of a paper.

Level 3: Un-credited verbatim copying of individual elements such as sentences, paragraphs, or illustrations.

Level 4: Un-credited improper paraphrasing of pages or paragraphs (by changing a few words or phrases or rearranging the original sentence order).

Level 5: Credited verbatim copying of a major portion of a paper without clear delineation of who did or wrote what.

Objective

The main objective of policy is to improve the quality of research documentation and reduce the unethical practices among scientific community. The second objective is to provide systematic way of approaching plagiarism at university. The policy is intended to promote honesty and respect to the work of other.

Practice

  • The University has plagiarism check system –URKUND anti-plagiarism web tool.
  • URKUND is a completely automated system against plagiarism (Anti-plagiarism software) and is being successfully used at universities and colleges all around the world. URKUND’s system checks all documents against three central source areas;
    • The Internet
    • Published material such as Journals, Books etc
    • Previously submitted student material (e.g. memoranda, case studies and examination works)
  • URKUND never determines what a plagiarism is, but Urkund compares textual similarity and subject similarity. The reports generated by Urkund to your teachers consist, in the event of its finding similarities, of a text comparison. Urkund marks your documents that are similar to other sources, in URKUND’s archives, on the Internet and in published material, and give the teacher access to the original material where Urkund have found the similarity.
  • URKUND supports the following file formats .doc, .docx, .sxw, .ppt, .pptx, .pdf, .txt, .rtf, .html, .htm, .wps, .odt
  • Every document submitted for plagiarism check will be treated as a separate document. Documents containing more than 400,000 characters will be considered as more than one document (actual number to be calculated using multiples of 400,000 characters, so 800,001 characters would be 3 documents).
  • All dissertation, research work, review articles and PhD thesis need to check for plagiarism check before submitting to Institutional Coordinators.
  • The Main responsibility of all the Institutional Anti Plagiarism Coordinators is to coordinate all the matters pertaining to plagiarism for their concern Institute in consultation with University Anti Plagiarism coordinator.
  1. Students have to generate their User ID and Password on URKUND through Institutional Anti Plagiarism coordinator.
  2. All the Institutional Anti-Plagiarism coordinators shall forward Anti Plagiarism report to concerned Dean / Principal and PG Guide by email mode with a copy to PG student.
  3. In case of PhD candidates, Institutional Anti Plagiarism coordinators shall forward Anti Plagiarism report to the concerned Dean / Principal, PhD Guide and PhD Coordinator by email mode with a copy to PhD candidate.
  4. The report generated by URKUND system is only accepted with Institutional Coordinators endorsement.
  5. University has fixed Rs. 500/- (Five hundred rupees only) as plagiarism check fee up to three uploads and beyond three it will be Rs. 200/- (two hundred rupees only) per upload. “He / She has to pay prescribed fees to University for plagiarism check before finalizing the draft and get the software access from Institutional Anti Plagiarism coordinators. After getting the access student has to check their dissertation while writing repeatedly to avoid any chance of Plagiarism. Finally, a report generated with less than 30% plagiarism can be submitted with final dissertation to the university by end of September of the same year”.
  6. Plagiarism software ‘Turnitin’ is recommended to bring back in the system but till our present software expired, University will continue the services of ‘Urkund’ for plagiarism check.

*  Framed on 1st August 2015

*  Amended on15th Sept. 2015, 4th Oct. 2016 and 9th Aug. 2017