Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Why one of the top private universities in India regards plagiarism very seriously

Creativity, innovation and research are buzzwords today, like never before. They are the products of the human mind and are not tangible but still form the personal assets or the Intellectual Property (IP) of an individual, company, organization etc. and have to be safeguarded from being used / copied / plagiarized without the owner’s prior permission/acknowledgement/monetary compensation etc. similar to an individual’s personal physical property. Plagiarism is the representation of words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic work. It is ‘academic theft’ and theft of any type is a crime and punishable under the law.

Plagiarism kills creative thinking and research which are essential for finding solutions to the many complex problems facing the world today. Creativity and innovation are essential for growth and development of the individual and society at large. In the words of Albert Einstein, “ Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Scholars, in their pursuit of new knowledge, are committed to intellectual honesty. Educational institutions have a serious responsibility of inculcating good values in their students and not condone theft of any nature.

 One of the top private universities in India, The NorthCap University (NCU), Gurgaon is an institution that strives to instill qualities of honesty, integrity, quest for innovation, concern for others in its faculty and students. NCU regards plagiarism and any other form of academic/ intellectual cheating as a grave academic misconduct and seeks to ensure academic standards by condemning copying and uses an anti- plagiarism software called ‘Turnitin’ to check it.


NCU has a vibrant academic ambience for innovation and research and its mission is to focus on quality of learning and innovation in all programmes with rigour and relevance. NCU offers challenging situations to its scholars to step outside their comfort zone and encourages them to come up with original and exciting ideas and to test and transform them into reality. The Central Research Facility and the Centre for Creativity, Innovations and Entrepreneurship are initiatives in this direction. Besides awards and recognitions for projects, research publications etc., the Vice-Chancellor’s Innovation Fund aims at accelerating the process of constructive research by promoting competition amongst different departments/ faculties/ scholars and seeding research at the University. 

NCU prepares its scholars to:
•  Learn, observe, discuss and come up with a fresh perspective
•  Develop own views, opinions and speak their own mind
•  Quantitatively analyze a problem in its entirety
•  Think critically and qualitatively and then find solutions
•  Develop leadership skills to help climb the ladder of success in the emerging complex and hyper-connected world.

The Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Advocacy, Research and Training (CIPRART) Cell in the School of Law at NCU promotes awareness on intellectual property rights, provides training, project guidance and facilitates in the preparation and filing of patent applications by staff and students of the University.  CIPRART also provides assistance to industries and the local community in idea screening and offers consultations to potential patent holders, on an honorary basis.

The Centre for Intellectual Property Rights Advocacy, Research and Training (CIPRART) Cell in the School of Law at NCU promotes awareness on intellectual property rights, provides training, project guidance and facilitates in the preparation and filing of patent applications by staff and students of the University.  CIPRART also provides assistance to industries and the local community in idea screening and offers consultations to potential patent holders, on an honorary basis.

Every business requires creative thinkers and those with the ability to ‘think outside the box’ will lead the future and soar to new heights.

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Written by Rekha Mathur



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