The Principals of three Delhi University colleges will have to face serious allegations on the account of plagiarism. There is a demand for action against them. Delhi University is a renowned educational institute and this incident sets a flawed example.
On Tuesday, Members of the Parliament and academics presented this concern and pled for a quick solution.
According to the reports, Dyal Singh (Evening) College Principal Pawan Sharma, Masoor Ahmed Beg the Principal of Zakir Hussain Delhi College (Evening), and Manoj Sinha the Principal of Aryabhatta College are charged on account of heavy plagiarism. The case questions the authenticity and eligibility of the appointment of the principals. It shows the leniency on part of the college management.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar announced last year that to nullify the cases of plagiarism, universities will be given Turnitin plagiarism check software. D Raja, a CPI member, and Rajya Sabha MP highlighted the issue in a press conference.
Quoting him, “Plagiarism is unethical and unacademic and is a serious matter of academic dishonesty and fraud.” But until now the case is not addressed, and action awaits to be taken. He raised concern regarding the delay and questions the sincerity of the university administration. He said that the lack of an action at the appropriate time raises many questions.
The matter grabbed the interest of various politicians and DU professors. They professed their distress on this academic crime. One of them is RJD MP Manoj Jha also a former DU professor. He questions why the University administration has not acted on the allegations and demands an answer to this delay. He further mentioned that the incident of plagiarism distorts the image of such a prestigious university.
Then he ensured that the matter would not get unnoticed and will be brought into consideration by the Vice President, who is also the chancellor of the University.
Nandita Narain, Former DUTA president expressed her apprehension by stating facts. She said that a similar incident took place with a university professor and the matter was considered with utmost sincerity by the DU management. The accused teacher was suspended on the allegations.
Several others raised their voice over the issue. The matter got a new perspective when JNU professor Anand Kumar described the nexus of plagiarism and the academic corruption behind it. A press conference was arranged by the Samajwadi Shikshak Manch, where Anand Kumar shared his opinion.
Further, we state Former MP, Nilotpal Basu. She expressed the need for corrective measures and said that “Cannot imagine how a principal of a college can be so brazen in doing this.” She went on to describe plagiarism as a blot on the academic community.
On being questioned by the Times of India, a DU official said that the authorities are giving preference to the issue and will take action accordingly. They are analyzing the legal aspects of the case which will format the procedure to be followed. He added that action is delayed as the matter is being closely looked upon.