UGC makes anti-plagiarism software mandatory for checking theses

The apex body has recommended ‘URKUND’ software in place of the Turnitin anti-plagiarism software that was being used

State and central universities have been directed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to mandatorily use anti-plagiarism software to check duplication of PhD theses. The university must use anti-plagiarism software before awarding PhDs. The apex body has recommended ‘URKUND’ software in place of the Turnitin anti-plagiarism software that was being used.

S. Srinivas Raghavan, Head, Department of Library, Bharathidasan University, told a daily that the UGC’s recent communication had been circulated to all departments, schools, and centres of the university. Teaching and non-teaching staff members have been trained and informed about the importance of checking the originality of theses. It can also check the duplication of Ph.D.s, M. Phil theses and dissertations. 

The software works by marking the sentences and paragraphs if 30 words of another person’s writing had been used without citing a quotation or stating a source. The theses have more than 30 per cent of the content from another individual’s material would be treated as plagiarised according to norms. 

 


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