Published: 14th November 2017
EFLU VC's profile page on site edited to remove number of research articles published, after plagiarism row. Check out the differences here
Only the VC can explain why his page had to be edited and made free of numbers of any kind, especially considering his stance that he did not know about the 'plagiarised' articles
Why did the VC of The English and Foreign Languages University pick Tuesday to modify and edit his profile page on the University's website? The day after a student group accused him of plagiarism, EFLU VC E Suresh Kumar has had his profile on the website www.efluniversity.ac.in edited to remove the number of research papers and books he had written.
The new edit shows a certain aversion for numbers. Where his profile initially detailed that he had '27 years of experience and had published 30 books and 21 research articles and has guided 18 PhD scholars', the new description merely says that he has 'vast teaching an administrative experience' and has 'published several books and research articles and has guided several students'.
First cut: This is a cached version of the VC's profile page from November 8.
The numbers are self-explanatory and were present till recently
This is particularly worrisome because the VC has gone on record to say that he did not know that his name had been included on the research articles that the student group Students Against Plagiarism (SAP) had accused him of plagiarising. In fact, he had said thrown his co-author under the bus and she had admitted to adding his name without his knowledge.
Blank out: This is the version, blank and lifeless, that was on the site on November 14
Why then did the profile have to be edited in such a hurry? This is a question only E Suresh Kumar can answer, but calls and texts to him from Edexlive.com went unanswered. Unless this was an update ordered long back that coincided with some bad timing, this certainly looks like a cause for concern.
In fact, the Vice-Chancellor page had been taken down since at least 8 am on Tuesday and did not reappear with the refurbished content until early afternoon. The student body that first brought out these allegations, Students Against Plagiarism (SAP) has raised questions about the mysterious disappearance of the page. "He has said he has written 30 books and 21 research articles, now he's taken that information out of the website. We have to find out from his CV whether or not these three plagiarised articles are one of those 21 articles " they explained.
Final countdown: This was the edited, number-free version that was posted on Tuesday afternoon
The rest of the profile is pretty much the same except some of the more free-flowing prose used in the original profile has been tweaked to a more business-like format.