Conclude probe into plagiarism allegations: HC tells IIT Delhi committee

The petitioner alleged that his co-guide used his research proposals for obtaining a fellowship worth Rs. 10.80 lakh for herself.

Conclude probe into plagiarism allegations: HC tells IIT Delhi committee IIT Delhi
Press Trust of India | Jun 17, 2022 - 8:11 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has directed a committee at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here to conclude its probe into the allegations of plagiarism by a PhD scholar against two of its professors and submit a report to it. Justice Sanjeev Narula, while dealing with the scholar's plea against the termination of his registration from the institute on account of unsatisfactory performance in two consecutive semesters, said that the facts of the case are “quite unsettling” and also sought the report of the Student Grievance Redressal Committee in the matter and deferred passing any interim directions at this stage.

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The petitioner alleged that his co-guide used two of his research proposals for obtaining a Lok Sabha-sponsored fellowship worth Rs. 10.80 lakh for herself. He said that the name of the chairperson of the Student Research Committee, who was his research supervisor, was mentioned as the “Co-Principal Investigator” on research proposals for the fellowship. The petitioner claimed that after he confronted them about the issue of plagiarism, they adopted an adversarial attitude towards him which led to his complaints to the Student Grievance Redressal Committee, Institute Level Plagiarism Committee as well as the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

The counsel for IIT Delhi agreed that the issue of plagiarism was very serious and the petitioner's allegation was viewed with seriousness by the institute and informed that the Institute Level Plagiarism Committee would consider the complaint of the petitioner. The lawyer said that any action on the complaint would depend on the report of the committee. “In light of the foregoing, interim directions are deferred till the next date of hearing.

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In the meantime, the Institute Level Plagiarism Committee is directed to conclude the investigation and submit the report to the Court. Further, the report prepared by the Student Grievance Redressal Committee be also filed with this Court before the next date of hearing, with a copy to the Petitioner,” said the court in its order passed earlier this month. The court also issued notice on the petition and granted time to the institute to file its response.

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The petitioner who joined the Department of Management Studies as a full-time PhD scholar in 2018, also alleged that he virtually participated in several conferences at universities and institutes around the world but it was not appreciated by his co-guide and she used to chide him for the same on the ground that he did not seek their approval prior to participating in such conferences. The court listed the matter for further hearing on July 19.


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