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Plagiarism punch knocks out IITs SHOCK Cases surface at IITs in Kharagpur, Delhi, Kanpur

Posted on: October 11, 2010

by Hindustan Times
They are symptomatic of larger questions of scientific ethics… IIT Bombay professor
Independent cases of plagiarism have hit three different Indian Institutes of Technology with scientists accused of stealing credit for others’ research, shocking the academic community and raising concerns about scientific ethics.

IIT Kharagpur physics professor R.N.P. Choudhary has lost his position as head of department after a junior faculty member A.K. Thakur accused him of not sharing research credit with him.

A research paper jointly authored by professors of IIT Delhi, Jamia Millia Islamia and the Inter University Accelerator Centre (IUAC), published in 2009, has been retracted by editors of the journal Nuclear Methods and Instruments. The retraction notice says the “authors have plagiarized parts of a paper that had already appeared“ in another journal.

Two review articles coauthored by a senior IIT Kanpur professor Ashok Kumar have also been retracted by the journal Biotechnology Advances.

“All these cases, tumbling out one after the other, are shocking. I think they are symptomatic of larger questions of scientific ethics… the scientific community needs to introspect,“ a IIT Bombay professor said.

Choudhary accused Thakur of levelling false allegations due to personal tensions. “He did not contribute at all to the paper that he is claiming credit for,“ Choudhary told HT.

But IIT Kharagpur sources said a probe team found greater merit in Thakur’s allegations than in Choudhary’s defense.

IUAC professor D.K. Avasthi accused his co-authors -Anup Ghosh of IIT Delhi, Pawan Kulriya of IUAC, Sharif Ahmed of Jamia and Shashi Chawla of Amity University -of publishing his name as an author without his consent. “My contribution to the research was limited to the fact that my laboratory was used,“ Avasthi said.

IIT Kanpur’s Kumar accused the editor of Biotechnology Advances of “personal problems“ with him for the retraction of the article. “Since the journal insisted, I agreed to a voluntary retraction. But… they have retracted the article unilaterally using inappropriate language in their retraction notice,“ Kumar said.

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4 Responses to "Plagiarism punch knocks out IITs SHOCK Cases surface at IITs in Kharagpur, Delhi, Kanpur"

I am a senior scientific officer at IIT, Kharagpur. Prof. L.K. Chopra forced me to work under the direct control of one Prof. H.N. Acharya of Dept of Physics. Prof. Acharya forced me to help his two scholars, Biswas and Sahu, do their Ph.D. work but except for publication, I was denied credit. acharya who never did a single thing in their work, was their sole guide. I have documentary evidence and although I showed it to the authority, they turned a deaf ear. It was a worse offense than plagiarism and the allegations levelled against Prof RNP Choudhary, an esteemed professor. Those who are occupying the seats of judgement are themselves corrupt.

I am really saddened to read this report. A great teacher, great human being like RNP sir is made to suffer due to some base less allegations is distuding to us . RNP sir has more than 450 publications… His publication record in the past 6 years: In 2004 its 26; 2005 its 26; 2006 its 21; 2007 its 36; 2008 its 40; 2009 its 36; 2010 its 14 & counting (Data from ISI web of Knowledge). His h-index is 19.. with over 2200 citations.. This list his just journal publications.. there are many more conference proceedings, invited lectures, book chapters.. that I haven’t included..
I have known Prof. RNP Choudhary sir since a decade.. his work-ethics, his knowledge, his helpful nature .. is a role-model to every budding researcher… Writing more about this great man is like “‘spitting in the sky dikhaana”.. Leveling frivolous allegations against this great man is simply unacceptable. I request younger generation that ‘First deseve than desire’. I pray migty god to give strenth to Prof RNP so that he can breathe his rest life in peace.

I am really saddened to read this report. A great teacher, great human being like RNP sir is made to suffer due to some base less allegations is disturbing to us . RNP sir has more than 450 publications… His publication record in the past 6 years: In 2004 its 26; 2005 its 26; 2006 its 21; 2007 its 36; 2008 its 40; 2009 its 36; 2010 its 14 & counting (Data from ISI web of Knowledge). His h-index is 19.. with over 2200 citations.. This list his just journal publications.. there are many more conference proceedings, invited lectures, book chapters.. that I haven’t included..
I have known Prof. RNP Choudhary sir since a decade. His work-ethics, his knowledge, his helpful nature .. is a role-model to every budding researcher… Writing more about this great man is like “‘spitting in the sky ”.. Leveling frivolous allegations against this great man is simply unacceptable. I request younger generation that particularly in Research Field do not solicit from any body as co-author where you have not contibuted, ‘First deserve than desire’. Today Basic Resaech in India is on the cross road. There is a vacuum in the basis research, if such news comes from the Premium institute from IITs, definitely it is a loss to the nation. We scientific community will have no face value in the society. I am sharing few bitter truth what the young researcher from the Universities Scholars are facing during his Ph. D period particularly while taking the experimental data. I have also suffered while taking data from the concerned lab and we have to accommodate some fellow scientists of that particular lab in the paper, otherwise they make impossible from next time. Many of my data have been not published by me due to these obvious reasons of long wish list of coauthor and during Ph. D period we are just slave. There is mad rush to increase the paper number by putting our name in head or tail by any means.

We have forgotten that Scientific Instrument belongs to the Nation and poor country like us is still affording to invest in building Big Research Lab. We scientists are having a National obligation in helping the young Scholars. All Researchers of premium lab make sure that the young researchers get the experimental data easily and our fellow colleagues of that lab do not solicit as coauthor unless he has contributed in the papers scientifically. At last once again I request my young researchers to maintain ethics in the Research otherwise we will have no reply for our 2nd generation and we cannot motivate our young students to join the research.

I request our HT correspondent to highlight the pain of young researchers and should be careful while publishing in generalized way by glossing the entire story as a gospel truth, otherwise some interested group will exploit the truth.
I pray mighty god to give strength to Prof RNP Choudhary so that he can breathe his rest life in peace. He will forget this entire episode as a bad dream.

The Great Dictator

Not so long ago in an institute of technology,
There ruled like a king a scientific prodigy.
He ruled for a decade and in that little span,
He scattered his own seeds to many a woman.
It’s bad time since polygamy was made a sin
And Shockley’s eugenics in poor light is seen.
The Nobelist’s disciple, with goodwill in heart,
His vigorous warmth did variously impart

To tribal women and ladies of high caste
To see Bhatnagar baby boom, a thing he must
Do for a nation sans scientific work force –
A duty not taken care of by Sir JC or SN Bose.
At any rate, this our libidinous protagonist
Was a miracle man and a versatile scientist.
He developed solar cells that could have
Solved energy crisis but for the national labs,
BHEL and others who couldn’t reproduce
This genius of a scientist’s golden produce.
Then he turned his attention to one-two-three
The catch phrase of high Tc superconductivity.
If his project failed, others’ failed similarly
And if you at all wish to put the blame squarely
It is the intransigent 2nd law of thermodynamics.
But please give kudos to this Don Juan’s heroics!

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