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SRINAGAR: Central University of Kashmir (CUK) Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir Tuesday inaugurated training programme on "TURNITIN", a web based anti-plagiarism service, at Nowgam Campus-I here. The programme organised by the Central Library of the varsity was also attended by Dean School of Education, Prof. N A Nadeem, Director, Research & Development, Prof. Abdul Gani, Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nika, Controller of Examinations, Prof. Parveen Pandit, Deans, Heads/Coordinators of the Departments and Research Supervisors.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir laid emphasis on the quality research and stressed upon the need to uphold the Academic integrity and honesty. Prof Abdul Gani, Director, Research & Development highlighted the University Grants Commission (Promotion of Academic Integrity and Prevention of Plagiarism in Higher Educational Institutions) Regulations, 2018. He also said that Central Library, CUK must conduct such awareness/ training programmes for Faculty/ Scholars from time to time in order to avoid Plagiarism.

Welcoming the participants, Dr. Abdul Majid Baba, University Librarian, mentioned about the objectives of the Orientation programme, UGC Regulations 2018, avoidance of plagiarism, citation styles, Reference management tools. He also said that CUK is second University in J&K and also among a few Universities in India with subscription to Turnitin.

Mr Varun Piplani, Customer Success Manager, from Turnitin India Education Pvt Ltd gave detailed demonstration about the use of the software. The Research Supervisors showed a keen interest while using the Turnitin software. Turnitin is a text matching software that checks Researcher's/Student’s written work for improper Citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against continuously updated databases. Every originality report provides instructors with the opportunity to teach their students proper citation methods as well as to safeguard their institutions academic integrity. The programme ended with the vote of thanks. 

MEANWHILE: The Department of Management Studies (DoMS), Central University of Kashmir (CUK) and the Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE), Hyderabad have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The main objective of the agreement is to establish cooperation between the two institutions. “IPE would introduce specialized courses on Public Enterprise Management for Post Graduate Students and work jointly with DoMS in order to achieve better standards in education and to improve the quality of curricula. IPE would help the DoMS in setting up specialized centres for research such as Corporate Governance, CSR, Public Policy, etc. IPE would work with CUK, DoMS to introduce doctoral programme in Public Enterprise Management and provide access to reading resources, faculty support and fellowships for researchers to university / college teachers (on pay protection basis and post graduates with NET qualification) offered by the Indian Council of Social Science Research, MHRD, GoI. IPE would provide special travel grant and accommodation for researchers working on public enterprises,” the MoU read.

It further read that both the DoMS and IPE would share academic experience and generate mutual synergy leading to development of more effective and innovative teaching methods.IPE faculty would assist DoMS in launching online education in the area of Public Enterprise Management. In order to share academic and research activities, DoMS and IPE also agreed to exchange their literature and publications on complimentary basis by placing each other on the regular mailing list. They also agreed to explore opportunities of student exchange as well as exchange of the academic staff.

To promote the exchange of knowledge and further educational understanding, both agreed to work together on joint projects for the introduction of the latest business, managerial and marketing developments into their curriculums, and for the implementation of advanced educational programmes. They will also cooperate to organize joint conferences, seminars, workshops, training programmes.