Quality Assurance Agency In UK Issues Guidelines Similar To UGC To Check Plagiarism

Universities in United Kingdom have been urged to block certain websites and employ smarter cheating detection software in a bid to discourage students from plagiarism. According to the Guardian, the university standards watchdog is concerned about students buying their assignments online.

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Quality Assurance Agency In UK Issues Guidelines Similar To UGC To Check Plagiarism

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New Delhi:  Universities in United Kingdom have been urged to block certain websites and employ smarter cheating detection software in a bid to discourage students from plagiarism. According to the Guardian, the university standards watchdog is concerned about students buying their assignments online and then passing them off as their own and has issued strict government-backed guidelines to check what is called 'contract cheating' among students. The Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) had made a series of recommendations to check this practice. 

The recommendations by QAA include providing more support for struggling students, new assessment methods to limit cheating opportunities, blocking essay-mill websites and using smarter software to detect the difference in style and capability of a student's essay.

The recommendations come on the heels of a call for advice from the universities minister, Jo Johnson. 

In India, University Grants Commission (UGC) in September this year, issued a circular to all the Universities about regulation and practices for prevention of plagiarism in Institutes of Higher Education. 

The UGC circular too had recommended using appropriate software to make sure that thesis, dissertation, term papers, reports, publications or any other such documents were free of plagiarism. It also suggested that upon discovery of plagiarism, a student's registration for that particular course shall be cancelled. 

Plagiarism is one issue which has always been a point of concern among the academic research circle across the world. With technology, the means to plagiarize subject-matter for research papers, dissertations, term papers and so on has increased manifold. The Universities and concerned regulatory authorities definitely need to upscale their methods to check plagiarism in academic circle. The similarity in UGC guidelines and QAA guidelines speaks volumes about the intrusion of technology in the academic space. 

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