Demand to remove Pondicherry University VC intensifies following Plagiarism charges

The demand to remove Pondicherry University Vice Chancellor Chandra Krishnamurthy has intensified following plagiarism charges against her.

The Pondicherry University Teachers’ Association (Puta), the Students Federation of India (SFI) and former Puducherry MP and former director of university M Ramadass have sought the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to recall Chandra at the earliest.

Chandra has been accused of plagiarism in her book, “Legal Education in India” which she claimed as her original work. But the documents unearthed by a Puta team exposed that Chandra had lifted the intellectual works of legal professionals and practitioners and reproduced the contents in her book as her original work.

Five out of eight chapters of her book were allegedly lifted from research papers written by eminent legal expert and N R Madhava Menon.

Further, the team pointed out that two other books she claimed to have written could not be traced at all.

Similarly, a thorough search of the University Grants Commission (UGC) database and an online repository for law schools showed no trace of 24 of the 25 research papers and publications on legal and constitutional studies she claimed to have submitted.

“We all view plagiarism as an extreme form of dishonesty and academic theft. We call for immediate removal of the vice-chancellor and a thorough probe by the Union ministry of human resource development into her academic credentials and claims of publications,” Puta secretary N Dastagiri Reddy said, ToI reported.

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