Published: 13th November 2017
Et tu EFLU? After UoH, EFLU VC Suresh Kumar accused of plagiarism, student body writes to Prez calling for his termination
A student body has written to the President accusing their VC of allegedly having copied word-to-word paragraphs from an International Journal
First UoH, now EFLU? In yet another shocking incident of plagiarism by a top academic, the Vice Chancellor of the English and Foreign Languages University, E Suresh Kumar has now been accused of word-to-word plagiarism in some of his research papers. A student group has written a complaint to the President and the claims appear to be quite serious.
According to a group called 'Students against Plagiarism' (SAP), Suresh Kumar, who was appointed as the VC for EFLU in June this year, has plagiarised an article authored by one Nadia Wehbe. He has also been accused of repeatedly 'self-plagiarising' which essentially means that he has repeated or duplicated his concepts and parts from his older research papers. The student body has written to the President of India seeking the termination of the VC.
"Usually plagiarism of the worst kind is verbatim plagiarism, which is something the author does because he lacks writing skills and command over the English language. However, here despite the VC being a distinguished and eminent professor in the English language, he has copied even simple sentences from another source without attribution or citation," the SAP statement read.
Copy machine: According to a group called 'Students against Plagiarism' (SAP), Suresh Kumar, who was appointed as the VC for EFLU in June, has plagiarised an article | EFLU FB page
The statement mentions three articles - Improving English Language skills of school learners using Gardner’s Intra-Personal and Inter-Personal intelligence, Developing the English Language skills of school students using Gardner’s Linguistic and Logical-Mathematical Intelligence and Enhancing Communication skills of the School Learners Using Gardner’s Musical Intelligence.
Suresh Kumar has authored the above-mentioned articles along with another person named N Prathyusha, who is a research scholar in the department of English, Osmania University.
The VC has allegedly plagiarised from an author named Nadia Wehbe — of which two paragraphs from the former's journal article are copied word-to-word. The other accusation SAP has made is that the abstract, parts of the introduction, parts of the study findings, table of pre-test and post-test results, and other research accomplishments including the conclusions have been regurgitated word for word in multiple articles with different titles. According to SAP, even the publishing dates of the articles have not been changed.
Earlier this year, University of Hyderabad VC, Apparao Podile also admitted to plagiarising his research articles and said he it wasn't something he did 'deliberately'. He sought more information on the allegations and said he would like some 'advise' since it is a sensitive matter.
The EFLU VC was not available for comment on the issue.