Code of Ethics

Preamble:

Ethics and truthfulness are the two values which are required while conducting any academic activities, hence researchers should not claim the credit for the work he/she has not undertaken. Intentionally or unintentionally publishing or presenting other’s work affects the positive academic atmosphere in the institute which may also harm the reputation of the institute as well as the individual.

Our institute has developed a “Code of Ethics” for research which is to be followed by our faculty and students. All faculty members and students undertaking research should strictly follow “Code of Ethics for Research” developed by our institute. Its main objective is to check malpractices in research and prevent plagiarism in writing research publication, dissertations and thesis. Apart from our institutes “Code of Ethics” we also follow the norms set by University of Mumbai, Mumbai for plagiarism. The purpose of this set of guidelines is to make available a set of practical guidelines for maintaining honesty in research.

Definition of Plagiarism:

Plagiarism is defined as presenting another person’s work as one’s own work. It also includes copying or reproducing others work without the acknowledgement of the source. Plagiarism involves copying of phrases, clauses, sentences, paragraphs or longer extracts from published or unpublished work that exceeds the boundaries of the legitimate cooperation without acknowledgement of the source.

Objectives

a) To promote academic integrity and create academic awareness about responsible conduct in research projects, assignments, thesis, dissertation and thus prevent plagiarism in academic writing among students, researchers, faculty of the institute.

b) To establish a mechanism to aid in responsible conduct of research, study, project work, assignment, thesis, dissertation thereby promoting academic integrity.

c) To set up a mechanism to prevent plagiarism and take appropriate action against a student, faculty or staff committing the act of plagiarism.

Scope:

This document depicts “Code of Ethics for Research” for all faculty and students within our institute. It comprises all the activities through which research data and other relevant information are collected, analysed, processed and disseminated during reporting of research findings and report writing. The following are ethical values addressed under the “Code of Ethics for Research” set by the institute:

1. Academic honesty:

Faculties and students should be sincere in all scientific communications, data and results, methods and procedures, and publication status. Data should not be manipulated or misrepresented.

2. Prudence:

It is expected that the students and faculty should avoid casual blunders and negligence; carefully and critically inspect and justify their work and the work of peers. They are required to keep quality paperwork and records of research activities, such as literature review, research design, data collection, data analysis, interpretation, drafted manuscripts and its communication with agencies or journals.

3. Respect for Intellectual Property (IP) and its Rights:

The researchers need to respect patents, copyrights, and other forms of intellectual property.Furthermore, one should never use others unpublished data, methods, or results without the permission of belonging person. Give credit/acknowledgement at requisite places where credit is due for all contributions to research/persons without plagiarizing the work.

4. Confidentiality:

Protect confidential communications, such as manuscripts, projects or grants submitted for publication and personal records used for research.

5. Societal Accountability:

Faculty and students undertaking research need to put suitable efforts to support social well being and to avoid social harms through research, thereby preserving the environment.

6. Legality:

The researchers should get acquainted with governmental policies; IP relevant laws such as cyber crime, IP rights, etc and institutional rules and regulations and obey them.

7. Animal Care:

The researchers should show proper respect and care for animals when using them in research by following the relevant resolutions and norms of government. They should never conduct needless or poorly framed animal experiments.

8. Human Subjects Protection:

While conducting research on human subjects the researchers need to lessen troubles and risks and respect human decorum, privacy, and independence and take necessary safety measures with vulnerable subjects.

The Institution is committed to deal with plagiarism in accordance with the principles of procedural fairness, including the right to:

  • Be informed of the allegations against them to enable them to understand the nature of the allegations and to properly consider and respond.
  • Have a reasonable period of time within which to respond to the allegations against them.
  • Have the matter resolved in a timely manner.
  • Impartiality in any investigation and decision making process.
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