New Rules to Make Plagiarism Test Mandatory for PhD

Lucknow University (LU) will be awarding credits along with percentage to its research scholars in the PhD course work. Also, thesis of the scholars will be scanned using anti-plagiarism software at the time of submission. Further, any student who has completed MPhil will not have to appear for the PhD entrance according to the new draft.

These rules were included in the new PhD ordinance draft at a meeting of LU officials on Tuesday. It will now be placed in the executive council for formal approval, said LU spokesperson NK Pandey.

“The PhD course work will have eight credits divided into two papers each of four credits,” said LU officials. PhD students will have to earn all the credits along with passing percentage of marks to get the degree.

Credit will be awarded on the basis of lectures/tutorials and practical work/field work done by students. This, said officials, will ensure presence in classes as well as in field work.

According to the new rules, the thesis of the research scholar will be scanned at the time of submission using anti-plagiarism software.

Related: UGC Regulations 2016 : Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.PHIL./PH.D Degrees

Moreover, students have to certify in writing the thesis submitted has not been copied, or used in any other course and is the original work of the scholar.

“All the new guidelines set by the University Grants Commission have been included in the ordinance. Now a research scholar will have a minimum of three years including coursework and maximum of six years to complete research which was earlier two and four respectively.

A female candidate can complete the research work in minimum three years and maximum eight years,” he added.

The PhD admissions are all set to be delayed further as Lucknow University has not been able to approve the ordinance. The admissions should have been completed by August. However, it took LU four months to finalize the ordinance draft, resulting in the delay.

Now, after finalization of the draft, it will take at least a month to get it approved from the executive council and in circulation. Admissions will start from November first week. Completion of the admission process will take more than 40 days.

News Courtesy: The Times of India (link)

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