Mandatory For PhD Students – Course On Research Ethics

New Mandatory Course for PhD Students on Research Ethics

Due to the increasing number of plagiarism and publication misconducts, UGC has made a two-credit course compulsory for the PhD students.

Maintaining quality has become a concern for Indian universities as the number of researches is increasing. The University Grants Commission approved a two credits course to introduce the PhD students to basics of research.

It is mandatory for all the PhD students to take the 30-hour course from the 2020-2021 academic session. The course consists of six units, each focussing on the basics of philosophy of science and ethics, publication ethics,  research integrity, and hands-on sessions to identify predatory publications and research misconducts.

The number of unethical practices like pay and publish, and plagiarism have increased in the last 15 years. Corrective and Prevention Actions (CAPA) principle, which will be followed in the course will help students to identify and protect themselves from dubious journals and predatory publishers.

The UGC had previously introduced a 12 credit mandatory course in research methodology in 2009 that included a few chapters on research ethics. But the new two-credit course will be more focused on enlightening students about the research ethics and the consequences of messing up with rules.

Students pursuing MPhil had a research methodology course in their curriculum, but those pursuing PhD did not have the same exposure. The new course will act as a bridge for students entering PhD after postgraduation. The course will also teach the students about the tools used to check plagiarism, as well as the importance of citations.

Vasundhara Gautam, who is pursuing her PhD from the department of English, Jamia Millia Islamia after doing MPhil in 2013 says it is important that the researchers know about ethics as many of them are not aware of the ways they can use already used publications not falling prey to plagiarism. To structure their research and avoid problems due to lack of information, the new course will be of great help.

About the author

Dr. Muchelule

Dr. Muchelule has a Doctorate degree in project management,
masters in project management, with another ongoing Ph.D. in
management information systems, Bachelor of Science in computer science, ISO certified systems auditor, IT Governance as well as a child protection certified expert from Harvard University, Microsoft Certified IT, professional expert, from Microsoft U.S.A., Certified senior management expert as well
as strategic leadership development expert from Kenya School of Government with over 15 years of experience in ICT, project management, and Monitoring Evaluation. Currently, he is ACCA Strategic Business Leadership National Award-Winning Mentor (2022), Grasshoppers Global Award-Winning ICT Mentor, Florida U.S.A (2019), and IBM Research Africa Emerging Technology Mentorship Award (2018). Dr. Muchelule is a key facilitator in the Office of Registrar of Political Parties(ORPP), Kenya on its mandate, As well as lead trainer/facilitator to Kajiado County Ward Managers on Monitoring & evaluation, Gulf cap top management facilitator on project design, monitoring
& evaluation on Buxton Point Affordable Housing Project Mombasa County, Kenya, Key technical member on monitoring & evaluation of Kenya Judiciary, Co-Consultant with Africa
Population & Health Research Centre (APHRC) on the development of Kenya National Sanitation Policy, Lead consultant in the Development of Monitoring, Evaluation, And Learning (MEL) Plan For National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ)- Court Users Committees (CUC), Lead consultant on the development of Gender Policy for the Kenya Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU); lead consultant on Systems Analysis and Design For Projects Information Management System for Kenya's national water harvesting and storage authority(NWHSA), Team member in the development of Kenya judiciary strategic plan, lead consultant Kenya National Treasury in the Development of Standard Methodological Manual for Project Level Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting, ICT authority Technical committee member on Digital Literacy Program Implementation among Public Schools in Kenya, lead consultant in Mennonite Economic Development Associates of Canada (“MEDA”) on Equitable Prosperity through Private Sector Development (MSAWA Project).
He is among the Founder and Executive Director of the MettaMetta Foundation western region of Kenya, Technical Projects Advisor at The Association for the Physically Disabled of Kenya (APDK), An adjunct Lecturer at Kenya School of Law, a lecturer in both public and
private sectors in Kenya namely Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Moi University, Umma University an External Examiner at Azteca University Canada & Mexico, External curriculum reviewer for Daystar, Kenya & South Eastern University of Kenya, a grasshopper’s faculty member in the U.S.A, PMI certified member U.S.A. With
working experience in development partner agencies like ACORD, MUBADIROON in sub-Sahara Africa, AMREF-Maanisha programme-Kenya, Mumias Muslim Community Programme (MUMCOP)Kenya, Technical and Financial Audit for a Safe Programming in Kakuma & Dadaab Refugee Camps by International Rescue Committee. Dr. Muchelule has published more than 100 scientific peer-reviewed journals articles in various fields of applied, social & management sciences as well as on societies issues with applicable solutions to their problems through research; currently, he is a member of the community of Researchers for Global Journals for UK and USA and a Fellow Reviewer for both International Journal for Economics, Commerce, and Management, as well as an editorial research board member of Lakenya University, Kenya, and a coordinator of the
incubation hub as well research committee board member Umma University, Kenya; as well as a committee member of the ICT master plan for Kenya Vision 2030.

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