A plagiarism incident in Pakistan
A committee constituted by the Pakistan Higher Education Commission (HEC) concluded last year that Muhammad Suleman Tahir, vice-chancellor of the Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology (KFUEIT), hadn’t been responsible for plagiarising from a master’s thesis in a paper published in February 2021, per Retraction Watch. The HEC is charged with regulating the […]
Why it’s important to address plagiarism
Plagiarism is a tricky issue. If it’s straightforward to you, ask yourself if you’re assuming that the plagiariser (plagiarist?) is fluent in reading and writing, but especially writing, English. The answer’s probably ‘yes’. This is because for someone entering into an English-using universe for the first time, certain turns of phrase and certain ways to […]
A new way to harass editors?
There’s a new way to harass editors – or perhaps it’s an old way that we’re just finding out about, first-hand. We know that repressive governments have started using the US’s infamous Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) as a new means to censor content they do not like. But it now seems private parties have also […]
Dealing with plagiarism? Look at thy neighbour
Four doctors affiliated with Kathmandu University (KU) in Nepal are going to be fired because they plagiarised data in two papers. The papers were retracted last year from the Bali Medical Journal, where they had been published. A dean at the university, Dipak Shrestha, told a media outlet that the matter will be settled within […]
Appa Rao Podile made fellow of science academy that published his problem paper – some questions
Appa Rao Podile, the former vice-chancellor of the University of Hyderabad, has been elected a fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA) in spite of one of his three papers – which The Wire had identified in April 2016 as containing evidence of plagiarism – having been published by the academy. According to the citation, he “has made important contributions […]
The Indian Science Congress has gutted its own award by giving it to Appa Rao Podile
An award of the Indian Science Congress has become subverted into becoming an instrument of negotiation for political agents: “You let me interfere in your duties, I will give you a fancy-sounding award”.
Podile, plagiarism, politics
If Appa Rao is the first politically appointed VC at the University of Hyderabad, how can anything he does not be examined through a political lens?
Roundup of missed stories – February 14, 2016
Developments I’d have liked to cover but haven’t been able to for lack of time.
Plagiarism is plagiarism
In a Nature article, Praveen Chaddah argues that textual plagiarism entails that the offending paper only carry a correction and not be retracted because that makes the useful ideas and results in the paper unavailable. On the face of it, this is an argument that draws a distinction between the writing of a paper and the production of its technical […]
R&D in China and India
“A great deal of the debate over globalization of knowledge economies has focused on China and India. One reason has been their rapid, sustained economic growth. The Chinese economy has averaged a growth rate of 9-10 percent for nearly two decades, and now ranks among the world’s largest economies. India, too, has grown steadily. After […]