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Academic Dishonesty

The stimulating letter entitled “Keynes and PhDs” by Anand Chandavarkar (12 March 2011) published in “Letters” read with “How Does the System Encourage Academic Dishonesty?” (19 February 2011) and “Riot of Researchers” (19 August 2006), both by Rajeshwari Deshpande, can restart an interesting debate on the issue under focus. However, the conclusions can change only if a change in the mindset is brought about. The big question is: Who will be a judge to determine if a particular teacher or a student possesses the potential to become an excellent researcher? The mindsets of researchers in the social sciences are poles apart from those in the natural sciences. Take it as a rare occurrence if a teacher is found imparting education or has a habit of delivering lectures in a historical perspective. Most of them spend their time wallowing and wasting funds through all the “valid” routes of spending in connivance with clerks.

The ideal mindset in which actual enquiry is required to honestly address issues has become a rare phenomenon despite the fact that diligent and honest efforts have been made by a few unknown and modest researchers whereas those who have a desire for self-promotion by highlighting other’s work escape the punishment. Our institutions of higher education and research, barring a few, have degenerated over the years. Deshpande’s lament is based on experience and refl ects the concern of a patriotic Indian.

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