The Rajasthan Technical University (RTU) in Kota has decided to install anti-plagiarism software to prevent breach of copyright in Ph.D. and M.Tech research work from the new academic session.
The university took the decision after a rash of complaints.
The controller of Examinations, RTU, Kota, Dr. AK Diwedi said the university has decided to install anti-plagiarism software to detect plagiarism in the thesis of Ph.D. and M.Tech as many times portions of the thesis were found to be copied during scrutiny.
“As per the present arrangement, a research student is asked to get his thesis checked from the institution with which their parent education institution has a tie-up before submitting the thesis to RTU,” he said.
“Earlier if 10% plagiarism is found in the thesis of Ph.D. or M.Tech then the student was asked to resubmit his thesis,” he said. That will no longer be the case.
The anti-plagiarism software would be procured before the start of the new academic session from April, he said. The cost of the software will be Rs 5 lakh per annum.
He said that the students have been asked to bring soft data of thesis in CDs along with the hard copies. The anti-plagiarism software will then check whether the contents of the thesis match exactly with other content available in any thesis in the world and generate a report.
“If plagiarism is detected then the candidate will be asked to resubmit the thesis,” he said.
Diwedi said that around 5-6 Ph.D. thesis and around 300 M.Tech theses were submitted at RTU in 2017 while around 13-to-14 Ph.D. thesis and over 300 M.Tech theses are likely to be submitted this year.