UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2018

Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has approved the UGC (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Education Institutions) Regulations, 2018. 

  • The UGC had approved the above regulations in March 2018, under which graded punishments  for plagiarism have been prescribed. 
  • As per the new regulations, if any member of the academic community suspects plagiarism, he or she shall report it to the Departmental Academic Integrity Panel. 

Details of graded punishment for plagiarism for students

  • Plagiarism of up to 10%: No penalty.
  • Plagiarism between 10 and 40%: The students will have to submit a revised research paper within six months.
  • Plagiarism or similarities  between 40 and 60%: Students will be debarred from submitting a revised paper for one year.
  • Above 60% Plagiarism: Student’s registration for a programme will be cancelled. 

Details of graded punishment for plagiarism for teachers

  • Whose academic and research papers have similarities ranging from 10 to 40% with other papers:  Will be asked to withdraw the manuscript.
  • Whose academic and research papers have similarities ranging from 40 and 60%: They will not be allowed to supervise new masters, M.Phil, PhD students for two years and will also be denied the right to one annual increment.
  • Repeat plagiarism of over 60% similarity: The faculty members will be suspended, even dismissed.

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