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Plagiarism and Social Sciences

Indian academic institutions have been in denial about plagiarism. There is a certain stock of unconvincing justifications given to excuse the practice. But the university community in India will, sooner rather than later, have to seriously consider the issue of academic integrity and evolve norms, guidelines and a code of conduct to curb plagiarism, and prevent studentlevel habits from moving on to plagiarised research papers.

PLAGIARISM IN INDIAN ACADEMIA Plagiarism and Social Sciences Manjari Katju University-Bloomington denes plagiarism as:2 …presenting someone else’s work, including the work of other students, as one’s own. Any ideas or materials taken from another source

february 26, 2011 serious issue confronting the social sciences today is plagiarism. There is cognisance that plagiarism is present and thriving among us but it is not seen as a problem, leave alone a pressing problem calling for serious attention. It is no wonder then that Indian universities and departments have no coherent policy in place on the matter. As such, institutionally, plagiarism remains a blind spot. In the disciplines of natural sciences, humanities, arts and letters, plagiarism has been caught. There have been high prole cases of plagiarism, like the R A Mashelkar Committee report on patentability in India, which was found to be plagiarised in 2007.1

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