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Appa Rao Podile, the Vice-Chancellor at Hyderabad University, was accused of plagiarism that was found in his articles published in 2007 and 2014. This incident was kind of an addition to another fact about a professor, he dealt with police to settle down a conflict with students who opposed against university administration after Rohith Vemula’s death. Rohith Vemula was a PhD student who committed suicide after the university officials declined to pay off his fellowship $370 per month.

The article  “Root Colonization and Quorum Sensing are the Driving Forces of Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) for Growth Promotion” was published in 2007, and several sentences there were plagiarized. Another article “Induced Defence in Plants: A Short Overview”, where Appa Rao Podile was a co-author, was published in 2014, and contained one plagiarized sentence. Finally, self-plagiarism was found in the article published in “Indian Journal of Microbiology” where some parts were taken from his previous articles.

Appa Rao Podile Commenting on Accusations

After Appa Rao Podile got to know about plagiarism instances in his articles, he apologized, and said he would correct it, if he knew that his works contained plagiarism and self-plagiarism. He also admitted that he would like to use a special tool that defined plagiarism.

Plagiarism in professors’ works is frequently found, although in Appa Rao Podile’s works plagiarism took place in several works, he was awarded with “Millenium Plaque of Honor” at the Indian Science Congress. This award confirms Podile’s  valuable contribution to the development of science, technology, and leadership. This is a special reward that is presented by Prime Minister.

Other Resources about Mr. Podile’s Plagiarism

“The Times of India” wrote about the students’ reaction to the professor’s plagiarism, saying that as soon as they got to know about Vice-Chancellor’s academic misconduct, they asked the Joint Action Committee for Social Justice to take steps, and the committee asked Mr. Podile’s for his removal.

Yet, “The Times of India” provide a simple explanation to the professor’s plagiarism accusations. His plagiarism was unintentional, and it happened because a professor didn’t have a plagiarism detection tool to scan for similarities.

However, “The Asian Age” commented on professor’s plagiarism, saying that his works do contain plagiarism.

“The Hindustan Times” report about students’ strike on the campus demanding professor’s resignation. So, they even marched to the place where Joint Action Committee for Social Justice was going to meet, but at the last moment, they changed their location.

This Hyderabad University plagiarism case with professor’s accusations is not a single one that ended up with nothing, the presidential speech containing plagiarism didn’t lead to any serious punishment as well.

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