Students to be educated to cite , not hide

Bengaluru, May 4, 2018: “Integrity is the pillar of excellence in academia and research”, echoed eminent leaders from higher education and research institutions, at the ‘Academic and Research Integrity Conclave 2018’, which Bengaluru hosted, today.

Speaking atthe conclave while deliberating on preventive steps to stop plagiarism andleverage integrity for excellence in higher education, Dr Anil JosephPinto, Registrar, Christ University, said, “The responsibility ofmitigating plagiarism lies with the institution itself. It’s the system wherethe problem resides. At kindergarten level and in schools, we tell children toreproduce what they learn, while when they enter premier higher educationinstitutions, they are told to think originally. So it’s a cultural problem oftransition which creates the problem.” He further added, “The larger problem iswith the trust of students in the system. The institution should be caring andwelcoming enough to address what the students lack in and understand hisexpression so that he starts to cite originally and not hide.”

Turnitin,leader in providing academic integrity solutions, globally, for over 20 years,organised this conclave, with the aim to focus and deliberate on role ofintegrity in higher education and research to achieve excellence. 

The conclavewitnessed participation of over 30 prominent academicians and researchers fromleading institutions including IISc, IIM Lucknow, Christ University, SathyabamaInstitute of Science and Technology, Jain University, SRM IST, APJ Abdul KalamTechnological University, Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University andTamil Nadu Agricultural University.

Whiledelivering his opening remarks and emphasising on the need for the conclave, MarcDaubach, CRO & SVP-Customer Success, Turnitin LLC, said, “The need ofthe hour in Indian education system is to create the awareness around academicintegrity, policy to support for higher returns from genuine higher educationand research work.  The starting points require education across all levelsto understand true benefit of building a culture promoting academicintegrity.   

Technologytools can assist in promoting academic integrity but in and of themselvesare not complete solutions. The best scenario is when technology assists biggercultural commitment at an institution. Technology might assist in discoveringacademic misconduct through plagiarism and authorship. But, when technologytools are weaved into holistic academic integrity solution, they have the powerto help promote cultural change."

The conclaveaddressed meaningful conversations about academic and research integrity inIndia, and its wider implications for academic and research excellence. The twopanel discussions deliberated on two themes – ‘Leveraging integrity forexcellence in Higher Education’ and ‘Building a culture ofresearch excellence through critical thinking & original writing’.

The topicsof discussion during the conclave included, challenges & opportunities ofthe Indian academic and research ecosystem, integrity as a pillar of excellencein academia & research, issues around academic integrity & excellenceincluding the challenges of promoting original thinking, key pedagogicalinterventions required for excellence in the higher education system, bestpractices and technology tools to check content submissions, facilitatingenvironments to encourage research authorship and increase India’s researchoutput, implications & directions for administrators & policy makers.

In India,more than 400 institutions subscribe to Turnitin’s services, including leadinginstitutions like IISc, IITs and IIMs. Even research institutions like CSIR andISRO are subscribing to its services to promote academic and researchintegrity. It has indexed over 65 billion web pages and 170 million journalarticles, so far, in the country.

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