IIT-K sets up panel to probe plagiarism charges

Taking serious note of the plagiarism charges against Professor Ashok Kumar and three students, Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) director Sanjay Govind Dhande has constituted a three-member committee to probe the allegations.

The committee is expected to hand over its report in the next 10 days. It will be presented before the chairman of the board of governors of IIT-K on November 2. The institute's authorities will contact national experts for a detailed investigation.

"The issue was brought to my knowledge by Professor Pradip Sinha, head of department of Bio-Sciences and Bio-Engineering department, following which a three-member committee has been constituted to probe the allegations," said Dhande. Elaborating on the charges, he said two review papers of Bio-Sciences and Bio-Engineering department contained text from Wikipedia and other sources.

"Plagiarism is a major charge and if found true, a written notice will be served to the persons," he said.

A review journal had reportedly retracted two research papers from IIT-Kanpur on grounds of alleged plagiarism from journal articles and wikipedia. The three Ph.D students are Ruchi Mishra, Seema Rani Jain and Radha Gupta.

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