Press Esc to close
Monday 26 January 2015
News updated at 10:30 PM IST
Weather
Max: 26°C
Min : 18°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Teachers seek inquiry into VC's academic papers

NEW DELHI, Dec 11, 2012, DHNS

President asked to order probe into list on website

 The Democratic Teachers’ Front has written to President Pranab Mukherjee, asking him to order a probe into a list of academic publications wrongly attributed to Delhi University vice chancellor on a reputed research website.
At least five out of 22 articles written by another professor have been listed under the VC’s name on the site, said DTF.
Vice chancellor Dinesh Singh recently said he was not aware of his publications being listed on the website www.researcherid.com maintained by Thomson Reuters. The website is a platform for academicians to put up their publications and is maintained by the researchers themselves.
“Five elected members of the executive council and academic council have written to the President in this regard, requesting him in his capacity as Visitor to intervene and order an independent inquiry by an external agency into the alleged case of academic dishonesty and misappropriation,” the DTF said.
On May 12, the VC under the unique ResearchID number D-8260-2012 appears to have listed 22 papers in the ‘papers that I have authored’ category.
But the VC has said that the e-mail ID used for the website is his old ID when he was a professor of Mathematics. He said his account was hacked as he has not used that ID since long.
“If the account was hacked or it was a mistake, either way an inquiry should take place. It is a serious matter and it comes under cyber crime,”said DTF member Abha Dev Habib. In the past, scholars have lost their jobs for claiming somebody else’s work as their own, Habib added. DTF members said that tracing the hacker's IP address should not be difficult.
They said an inquiry is a must as an official Delhi University ID, maintained by the varsity's computer centre, had been used.
“The e-mail used to create the ResearcherID account is dsingh@maths.du.ac.in,” said a DTF statement. The account holder has to confirm creation of the account through email, it said.
DTF members demanded Singh’s removal from office during the inquiry. “That will be in accordance with the accepted protocol since he could influence the recording of evidence and deter a fair investigation,” it added.
The list has not been removed from the website yet. The VC has said he would file an FIR in this connection. Jennifer Breen, public relations officer for the sciences division of Thomson Reuters, said the site provided a platform for the scholarly community. “Our role is not to police the community,” she said.
“But we will of course take action to remove the titles from the member’s list if it comes to our attention that members have fraudulently claimed authorship of papers they have no rights to in the first place,” she added.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
India's BSF 'Daredevils' motorcycle riders perform stunts as they take part during Republic Day...

India's BSF 'Daredevils' motorcycle riders perform stunts as they take part during Republic Day...

Make in India tableau on display during the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath...

Make in India tableau on display during the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti during the 66th Republic Day...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage at Amar Jawan Jyoti during the 66th Republic Day...

Pranab Mukherjee with Obama and Modi during an At-Home reception...

Pranab Mukherjee with Obama and Modi during an At-Home reception...

BSF officials perform during the 66th Republic Day Celebration at Attari Border in Amritsar...

BSF officials perform during the 66th Republic Day Celebration at Attari Border in Amritsar...

Illuminated Raisina Hill on the occasion of Republic Day in New Delhi...

Illuminated Raisina Hill on the occasion of Republic Day in New Delhi...

Amit Shah, Sonia Gandhi, Venkaiah Naidu and others using umbrellas as it rains...

Amit Shah, Sonia Gandhi, Venkaiah Naidu and others using umbrellas as it rains...

Mechanised columns on display during the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath...

Mechanised columns on display during the 66th Republic Day parade at Rajpath...

A view shows Indian Army soldiers marching past the India Gate during the Republic Day...

A view shows Indian Army soldiers marching past the India Gate during the Republic Day...

Navy's women contingent marches during the 66th Republic Day Celebration...

Navy's women contingent marches during the 66th Republic Day Celebration...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523