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UGC will buy Tarnitin software to prevent theft in research

The Bangladesh University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to purchase anti-plagiarism software ‘Tarnitin’ to prevent theft in research. The decision was taken today (Sunday) at a meeting of the committee on purchasing plagiarism checker web services held on the virtual platform.

UGC member Professor. Md. Sajjad Hossain chaired the meeting, a member of the commission, Professor. Md. Abu Taher, Dhaka University Professor. Tofail Ahmed Chowdhury and more. Jabed Ahmed, Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Professor. Md. Sekendar Ali, Professor of Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology. Moshiul Haque, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Medical University Professor. Md. Saidur Rahman, Maulana Bhasani University of Science and Technology Associate Professor. Shamim Al Mamun, Professor of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Syed Akter Hossain, United International University Professor. Khandaker Abdullah Al Mamun, UGC’s Director of Research Support and Publications. Kamal Hossain and IMCT Director (Additional Responsibilities) Maksudur Rahman Bhuiyan were also present.

At the meeting, it was decided to purchase Tarnitin software soon to deal with the theft of research papers. It was mentioned at the meeting that the theft of students’ thesis can be determined with the help of Turnitin Software Authenticator part researchers and teachers in the research and feedback studio.

UGC member Professor. Abu Taher said the software would initially be provided to 30 public universities. Its use will be ensured in all the universities of the country in phases. Using this software will make it easier to protect the rights and originality of research. This software will play an important role in preserving and developing the quality of research activities of all concerned including the teachers and students of the university.

He added that the aim of the study is to prevent any kind of theft. Bangladesh is now a developing country. Theft in research is not desirable at all. The country will not be able to go very far by stealing research.

In this regard, Professor Sajjad Hossain said, the incidence of theft in research in the country’s universities is increasing day by day. As there is no policy in this regard, the issue of plagiarism in research activities cannot be defined. So there needs to be a policy to detect theft.

A policy for the use of Tarnitin software will be formulated soon. A roadmap of this software for long term use will be made. He further said that the purchase and installation of this software in the research is quite expensive. So we have to keep an eye on its maximum use.

The meeting also decided to form a separate committee to determine the election of the university, usage rules and expenditure.

Currently 16 universities are using this software on their own initiative. Letters will be sent to the universities of the country to know the latest status of Tarnitin software. This will give you an overview of the use of this software