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Three years on,NIT professor faces fresh plagiarism charges

Three years after he faced allegations of plagiarism in his M Tech dissertation,a National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra faculty member now faces fresh charges of having copied verbatim his doctoral thesis from a paper published by a professor in Turkey.

Written by MUKESH BHARDWAJ | Chandigarh | Published: July 31, 2012 3:12:09 am

Three years after he faced allegations of plagiarism in his M Tech dissertation,a National Institute of Technology (NIT) Kurukshetra faculty member now faces fresh charges of having copied verbatim his doctoral thesis from a paper published by a professor in Turkey.

Mahesh Gupta,another NIT faculty member,alleged that his colleague Pankaj Chandna’s PhD thesis was a cut-and-paste job.

“Chandna’s PhD thesis is a cut-and-paste job. In his doctoral thesis,Chandna has copied verbatim parts of a paper published by a Turkey professor in an international journal,” Gupta alleged.

Earlier,Chandna had secured the doctoral degree from Kurukshetra University in Mechanical Engineering Department under the supervision of professor S K Sharma of NIT,Kurukshetra.

“The problem formulation and the case example of his PhD thesis are copy of the paper: ‘A New Dynamic Programming Formulation’ published in an international journal and written by Professor Adil Baykasoglu,University of Gaziantep,Department of Industrial Engineering,Turkey,” Gupta said,who filed his complaint after obtaining documents under RTI.

Gupta also got a confirmation from Professor Baykasoglu via email,saying,“This is a copy of our paper… including case example. It is sad to see this happening.”

Talking to The Indian Express,Gupta said,“Had the university taken action in time,the PhD degree copying would not have happened.”

Chandna denied the allegations and said that he had already sent his response to the university. “The fresh allegations regarding PhD degree are also false and baseless,” Chandna said.

Earlier,Gupta had alleged that the M Tech dissertation of Chandna too had parts copied verbatim from his (Gupta’s) already published doctoral thesis.

However,an inquiry committee,to which Gupta’s complaint was referred,had exonerated Chandna saying that any action against him may not sustain in the eyes of law. “The body comprising of legal,technical (engineering),examination and administration experts after examining the case from all angles has also opined/recommended to file a case in order to avoid any other unwanted litigation/complication,” the probe panel report submitted to the vice-chancellor reads.

The report,however,came as a shock for Gupta,who launched a crusade against plagiarism on the NIT campus. “It is very disappointing and will embolden not only the accused but others also who believe in cut-and-paste jobs,” Gupta said.

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