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New UGC-approved norms on plagiarism notified by HRD Ministry




UGC has made new rules on plagiarism


If any student researchers are found guilty plagiarism may lose their registration and teachers could lose their jobs as the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) approved new regulations on plagiarism drafted by the UGC


The ministry notified the UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2018, this week.


The UGC had approved the regulations in its meeting held in March this year, prescribing graded punishment for plagiarism.

  • For students, plagiarism of up to 10 percent would not invite any penalty.
  • 10 percent and 40 percent would mean the students will have to submit a revised research paper within six months
  • In case the similarities are between 40 percent and 60 percent, students will be debarred from submitting a revised paper for one year
  • A student’s registration for a programme will be cancelled if the similarities are above 60 percent
  • Teachers whose academic and research papers have similarities ranging from 10 per cent to 40 percent with other papers will be asked to withdraw the manuscript.

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  • Similarities are between 40 percent and 60 percent, they will not be allowed to supervise new masters, MPhil, PhD students for two years and will also be denied the right to one annual increment.
  • In case of repeat plagiarism of over 60 percent similarity, the faculty members will be suspended, even dismissed.
  • The new regulations prescribe that if any member of the academic community suspects with appropriate proof that a case of plagiarism has happened in any document, he or she shall report it to the Departmental Academic Integrity Panel (DAIP).


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“Upon receipt of such a complaint or allegation the DAIP shall investigate the matter and submit its recommendations to the Institutional Academic Integrity Panel (IAIP) of the Higher Education Institutions (HEI).


“The authorities of HEI can also take suo motu notice of an act of plagiarism and initiate proceedings under these regulations. Similarly, proceedings can also be initiated by the HEI on the basis of findings of an examiner. All such cases will be investigated by the IAIP,” the regulations read.
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