UGC’s Anti-Plagiarism Drive Gets a Firm Push | Anti-Plagiarism Certification will be Mandatory for Submitting Research Theses

Kannur University has initiated steps to enforce compliance of research scholars with the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) directive to check plagiarism in dissertations.

The university Syndicate has decided to implement the UGC’s guidelines for ensuring the originality of the research theses being submitted by research scholars, though practical features of the anti-plagiarism measures being taken will be decided when they are ready for implementation.

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Once the UGC’s guidelines are implemented, the anti-plagiarism certification will be mandatory for submitting research theses.

In the first stage, a training class on the theoretical and practical aspects of the anti-plagiarism measures being taken by the university was held here the other day for research scholars.

“In foreign universities, even the assignments and term papers submitted as part of classroom study are being examined by anti-plagiarism software,” said T. Asokan, Pro Vice Chancellor of the university.

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Permissible percentage

The V-C told that the university’s plan was to implement the anti-plagiarism examination in the university in three months. Details regarding percentage of content permissible from other works would be fixed by the Syndicate in a month by considering the standards set by other universities, he said, adding that the permissible percentage would be tentatively between 20 and 25 per cent.

As per the decision, research theses will be examined using the Orkund software provided by the university.

The cloud-based software will be operated at the university Central Library. Anti-plagiarism certificate to be signed by the research guide and the head of department concerned has to be attached with each thesis for submission.

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“The workshop was organised for equipping the research scholars on the theoretical and practical aspects of the anti-plagiarism software,” university Registrar Balachandran Keezhoth said, adding that the exact date of implementing anti-plagiarism compliance would be decided by the Syndicate later.

University authorities confided that though the anti-plagiarism software would cause initial inconvenience to the research scholars, it would enhance the quality of research work.


Each research thesis would carry the certification to show its percentage of content from other sources. In the course of time, the system would benefit the honesty and integrity of research work, they said.

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