DUTA seeks probe into plagiarism charges against VC

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A probe initiated by the Ministry of Human Resource Development into charges of plagiarism against some teachers of the Delhi University has apparently irked the university’s teachers union which has now moved the ministry seeking investigations into similar allegations against the Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh.

“We have come to know that the MHRD has set up a committee to inquire into allegations of plagiarism regarding some professors at Delhi University. We wanted the MHRD to be aware that there is a pending case of plagiarism against Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh. The issue is part of the White Paper submitted by us, but since there is already a specific committee investigating charges of plagiarism, we have requested the Ministry to include this case too,” said Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) president Nandita Narain.

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She alleged that the “case of Prof. Dinesh Singh’s suspected attempts to pass off five publications authored by someone else as his own,” was reported in December, 2012.

“The university had defended the V-C by claiming that his researcher profile on “ResearcherID”, a website maintained by a news wire, had been hacked and that a complaint had been lodged with the Delhi Police. However, its replies to RTI queries following the incident reveal glaring inconsistencies in the university’s claims,” she said.

The DUTA has also alleged that the university had remained silent on the details about the police complaint it had lodged.

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