Plagiarizing PhD from an old Book
Sterling Publishers (P) Ltd, New Delhi published a book in 1977 titled Jawaharlal Nehru and India’s Foreign Policy. It is authored by Yuri Nasenko. An ebook of the book is available at archive.org.
But then I came across a new website of Govt. of India as part of digital India program where all the research papers submitted to the Universities are uploaded. And here came a surprise. The most famous thesis in google search is plagiarized version from above book of Yuri Nasenko. This thesis is here.
The reference link is : http://hdl.handle.net/10603/107119
Thus Shri Nagendra Varthe under the guidance of Mallikarjuna K. Reddy at Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantpur received doctorate in 2015 in the subject of History by extensively plagiarizing from above book. The Guide was busy with something other than history. Such a pathetic attitude.
All the best.
But what is the point of creating shodhganga when there is no place for feed back? The Governments in India work so slow that it always behind a decades of expectation. Hope some day it will introduce the feedback feature, to check plagiarizing.
Ego, self-knowledge and Learning
What is learning?
Learning involves three things:
1. Knowing the extent or boundary of our knowledge;
2. Understanding the sphere of our ignorance;
3. Transcending the above two when actually receiving the knowledge.
The last part is tricky and that is the reason as to why some people have sharper learning curve than others. Here we are going to deal with this aspect a little more.
Hindrance by ego or self perception:
Learning curve is closely associated with ego and self-knowledge. What is ego? Is it not a label given by psychologists? Actually it is worse than that. Ego is our perception of ourselves. We call a person egotist if that person has a very high opinion about him/herself. Narcissus is the name for even more egotists. But what is this perception of self? Is this the self-knowledge or something different? Continue reading
Education is believed to be liberator, inculcating new ideas, assimilating streams of knowledge and thereby transformation of an individual. It all seems so nostalgic. A cause worth living and fighting for. The possibilities can not be denied. However at ground level it is not. The result of education turns out to be different.
Having acquired habit of seeking confirmation from the writings of so called wise people, we lose esteem to make up our own mind. We are unable to express without quoting a few references. While there is no harm in appreciating beautiful expression of a human being from the past; the problem arises when the expression becomes an authority. Continue reading
Guru Gobind Singh Indra Prastha University is the second university in Delhi. Unlike Delhi University, which offers three years law degree after normal university degree, it offers 5 years integrated law graduation immediately after Higher Secondary. It was aimed to provide world-class education but so far it has to cross the first hurdle: to be better than the Delhi University. So far this object remains as distant as ever. Prof. Dilip K. Bandyopadhyay is the present Vice Chancellor if IP University.
Apart from the usual problem of inexperienced teaching staff and lack of experienced visiting lecturers, it suffers from many problems. Here is one problem of Dissertation Management. The official website is “ipu.ac.in”. Continue reading
The learning curve is a misnomer.
There is no such thing as learning curve. The distance between a learner and learned or unskilled and skilled is of one step. Unless that final step is leaped, all are vegetables not ready to be served. Either we know how to do it or don’t. There is no psychological counsel’s assurance ‘you are doing great’. It is not an evolution which will take place slowly. It is a revolution which acts in leaps and bounds. Learning may be in parts but is not in tiny bits.
But those who repeat the same stupid pattern of learning will remain in loop of learning. Like meditators sitting on the banks of every dirty river in India. They are from all over world, seeking peace. Expecting that fruit of peace will drop before them like an apple fell before Newton. Since they already know ‘how’ it will happen they have to wait. Forever.
The biggest hurdle in learning is what we already know. Continue reading