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Probe ordered against alleged case of plagiarism at MU Hindi department

IMPHAL: A four member committee has been constituted to probe into the allegations of plagiarism and irregularities in PhD theses prepared and submitted under the supervision of Dr. H. Subhadani of Hindi department, Manipur University.
The development came more than a year after the High Court of Manipur directed the vice chancellor of Manipur University to constitute an enquiry committee for probing into the allegations of plagiarism.
The High Court on May 22 last year in its judgment after hearing PIL filed by one Khaidem Jacko Meitei, had stated that Manipur University, which is primarily responsible for maintaining academic discipline and quality, is the most appropriate authority to make necessary enquiry into the allegation of plagiarism adopted by the scholars and to appropriate actions in this regard. The Court subsequently directed the vice chancellor of the university to cause an enquiry by constituting a committee to look into the allegations.
The petitioner complained that there was mass copying of huge chunks of subject matter in the doctoral theses of the research scholars under the supervision of H. Subhadani, who certified the research works of her scholars as original.
Following the constitution of the enquiry committee on Tuesday, the controversial theses have been confiscated by the University authority, intimated registrar in charge, MU, W. Chandbabu during an interaction with few media persons at his office today.
He admitted that the enquiry was delayed, probably because of the long impasse paralysing the normal functioning of the University during the protests of MU community to remove Adya Prasad Pandey from vice chancellorship.
As told by the registrar, the four member enquiry committee consists of senior professors, who are fluent and academically knowledgeable in Hindi language. The enquiry report will be submitted within 15 days from constitution of the committee and further actions will be taken up after the report arrived, he added.

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