New Delhi, 6th August 2020: An online petition was filed by Shivani Singh on Change.org against the casual disregard for offences like plagiarism in the University of Delhi.
In the petition, she has raised the issue of the laid-back attitude of the University of Delhi, where appointments and increase in tenure of professors and other faculty have become a trivial matter of no concern and plagiarism is not thought of as a serious offence. The complaint was filed against the Principal of Dyal Singh Evening College, University of Delhi.
A three-member fact-finding committee found the principal guilty of 84 per cent plagiarism. However, his report was submitted to the concerned Governing body who instead of verifying, accepted the report on July 22, 2020, and even repatriated the principal after the completion of his five-year tenure at the Dyal Singh Evening College.
Plagiarism is not only limited to an academic offence but it is legally considered as a crime. In 2018, the HRD Ministry had approved new regulations on plagiarism which was drafted by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
According to these new regulations, if researchers and students are found guilty of plagiarism they can lose their registrations. If teachers or professors are found guilty of plagiarism they can even lose their jobs under the ‘Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions Regulations’
Over 530 people have signed the petition so far and more supporters are needed.