The new rules formulated by The Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) will make writing a thesis even tougher for PG students of the varsity from this year. VTU has implemented stringent rules to avoid plagiarism of theses by the students.. The varsity has been receiving multiple complaints with regard to plagiarized thesis material. Acting on such complaints, the VTU is resorting to technology to curb such malpractices. The strict rule on plagiarism, has already been implemented in 2014-15 on Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students.
Now VTU has plans to extend the same rules to other sectors including, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Computer Applications (MCA) and Master of Technology (M Tech) courses also. By reducing the accepted percentage of imitated/borrowed material from 30% to 25% for its students, the varsity will grant them two chances to submit a thesis, devoid of any copied material. According to VTU officials, the students have to submit the soft copies of the thesis to research guides, which will go through software verification. “If the copied material is more than 25%, it will be returned. The students will be offered one more opportunity to edit and submit the thesis. In case the thesis is proved to be plagiarized after the second attempt also, the registration of the student will be cancelled”, the officials added. VTU had also issued a circular during 2009 to affiliated colleges regarding the matter of thesis submitted to the varsity being plagiarized from various sources including the internet, papers submitted to other universities and papers published in national and international journals. A circular was also issued during 2009 by VTU to the affiliated colleges regarding the matter of theses submitted to the varsity being plagiarized from various sources. The sources included: internet, papers submitted to other universities and papers published in national and international journals. VTU will also be starting online payment for 16 examination-oriented services, as per reports. In another move, VTU has allowed extra time to its students for completion of their Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degrees as a one-time measure only, according to the website. The students of BE regular courses who have taken admission in the year 2006-07 as well as students who have taken admission through lateral entry in the year 2008-09 will be permitted to appear for the December 2014/January 2015 and June 2015/July 2015 university semester examinations one more time.
This enables them to clear the examination as well as complete their degrees. The students of BE regular courses should have completed the entire course within the stipulated time-frame of eight years and left with few backlog subjects. The students of BE courses through lateral entry should have completed the full course within the stipulated period of six years and left with few backlog subjects. These students need to pay a penalty of Rs 3,000 for each subject, in addition to the examination fee.