Hefty charges of plaigiarism has been pressed against the work of the Principal of Aryabhatta college, Manoj Sinha. These charges are for the work he did six months before applying for the post of Principal in the college he currently works for, these include five books and eleven journal papers. A complaint was filed by an organization that checks the illegitimate activities with the Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University claiming that atleast eight of these and four other works are majorly plagiarized, which is spreading lights over his suspicious and unjust appointment.
In his application for the post of principal of Hindu college in 2017, he claimed to have 170 points out of a total of 600 API( Academic Performance Indicator).
API stands for “Academic Performance Indicator”. This is an important aspect for appointment of the post of principal in colleges. These points are given to an individual on the following parameters :
- Duration of teaching hour.
- Whether or not any involvement in the extracurricular activities.
- Number of Publications under name for instance, any book or any research paper.
SCRUTINY OF THE CHARGES BY VARIOUS SOURCES :
1. Examination by “Turnitin”
Turnitin is a plagiarism checking software. When examined by it the work of Manoj Sinha showed the “similarity index” ranging from 60 to 90%. This plagiarised work includes three books published in 2014 by Bonfring Publishers based in Coimbatore.
Some example of plagiarism are:
“Indian Government and Politics” has 50% similarity with Wikipedia.
“New dimension of Public Administration” has similarity index of 80% from internet sources.
“Public policy and Democracy” has a similarity index of 79
% similarity with Citizenship and Governance.
2. Autonomous inquiry
Seeing the reputation and respect of University getting on stake the Delhi University Teachers’ association wrote to the Vice-chancellor for speedy enquiry. According to the UGC regulations in Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Educational Institutions the fine for plagiarising above 60% would cause withdrawl.
What has to Mr Sinha say in his defence?
He said due to immense pressure of performing better publication company might havre
In API score he was in a hurry and the publication company did poor editing. Also he said that he wasn’t able to recall under what condition his papers were written.