IN ORDER to improve and raise the standard of research being done at the varsity, Panjab University is now set to make use of a much more stringent anti-plagiarism software to conduct checks on all of its thesis submissions and dissertations. URKUND, the newly installed plagiarism tracker, has been made available to PU under the Shodhganga project of the Information and Library Network Centre (INFLIBNET), Gandhinagar.
“Even though PU has had an anti-plagiarism policy in place and there have been checks to look for plagiarism in research papers, with the help of URKUND, a much more stringent process will now be implemented,” said PU librarian Raj Kumar, adding that with the help of this new software, the university would be able to check for plagiarism on its own.
In August last year, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between INFLIBNET and PU to improve the way dissertations and theses are handled by the varsity. Through this MoU, all theses and dissertations done by students/faculty of Panjab University will also be electronically available to students of other universities registered under the project and vice versa. INFLIBNET has signed this MoU for the Shodhganga project with 130 universities from across the world.
How URKUND works
URKUND, which is one of the most accurate plagiarism checkers in the world, is an automated system that compares subject and textual similarity against the already existing matter. Once a research paper is submitted via URKUND, it will add up to the archive of the software which will then tally it with the content available on the Internet, published material (books, journals etc) and the previously submitted student material. Thereafter, the software will detect if any idea or matter is copied and pasted without appropriate reference.
As per norms, around 10-15 per cent similarity is allowed in research papers, but the percentage can be higher depending upon the bibliography.
According to the developers of URKUND, it is capable of accurately scanning around 45 billion online pages. The software also enables an open access to scholars as well as teachers to browse, search and download theses submitted by various other scholars.
To train the faculty members of the varsity in using the URKUND, and to maximise its usage, AC Joshi Library is going to conduct an orientation-cum-training programme on February 10 at ICSSR Auditorium.