Islamabad - Speakers at a seminar held here Thursday at Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) called for taking effective measures to curb plagiarism in academic research, through smart use of new technology. Researcher need to adopt creativity and innovative approach in their academic pursuits, Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahid Siddiqui said while inaugurating the seminar that was organized by the University’s Office of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC), in collaboration with Quality Enhancement Directorate. Chief Librarian, Quaid-i-Azam University Anwar Ejaz delivered keynote address at the seminar and underlined the need of effective use of turn it in software’ of plagiarism detection in research.

      Dr Shahid Siddiqui said the University was focusing on promotion of meaningful and applied research that could leave positive impact on the society and helps to resolve community-related socio-economic problems.

Eight research Journals were published and a number conferences and events were arranged.

 during the last two years to motivate students to serve the society, through their research at the higher education level.

An incentive package was also given to encourage the faculty to undertake this task as their first priority.

Dr Siddiqui said the University was taking foolproof measure to check unethical practices in research. Latest and most advance software is being introduced for this purpose, he said hoping that the researchers should ensure making contents of their research free of plagiarism.

The research will remain on the top of their future academic agenda, since Universities are known by creative work and new innovations at their end, he added. Earlier, Dean Sciences Dr. Naghama Rashid briefed the participants about the objectives of the seminar and the importance of turn it in software. 

She said that research without honesty and fairness becomes meaningless. There should be no room of plagiarism