19 April, 2021

Wise Words, But Another's

Science grapples with indiscriminate borrowing in its research

Jitender Gupta
Wise Words, But Another's
Just Not Science

Complaints being addressed by the Society for Scientific Values:

  • In February, an international journal withdrew a paper authored by one of India's promising cell biologists, accusing him of misrepresenting data
  • Plagiarising by 3 ceeri scientists in Pilani from 2 seminal American papers
  • The VC of Cochin University of Science and Technology is accused of fudging his dossier to earn him a DSc
  • The director, Central Institute for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, claimed his colleagues' patents as his own


The Indian scientific community is still trying to come to terms with the disrepute that taints one of its heavyweights, R.A. Mashelkar, who had to resign in March as the head of a committee of technical experts looking into Indian patents law. Mashelkar quit after allegations that a section of the panel's report he...

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