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Although most of the modern world today has been freed from the deadly disease “PLAGUE” which haunted the world especially Europe for a long time but now today this epidemic has been overtaken by a new form of disease. A disease to copy other’s intellectual property and claiming it to be their own. This disease which is now epidemically spreading is called “PLAGIARISM”. This is a common practice which is undertaken at all levels and has ruined many lives and careers as well. In this modern world where Internet is beyond the control of any government or body, copying and even catching what is copied occurs simultaneously.
Plagiarism though looks tempting but if caught can leave a person with long lasting damage to his/her image. Even Indian institutes of higher learning like BITS, DTU, NSIT and IITs have not been able to save themselves from it. Many professors and students have been caught in past who copied other’s research and claimed as their own which has eventually brought shame to nation and to the institute. Plagiarism not only involves copying from somebody’s thesis, program but even somebody’s articles, comments as well without permission. Everyday celebrities, music composers noted fashion designers and even many organisations are caught plagiarising .Once caught all their other creations are seen with suspicion even if they are their own and they have to live with this tagline for the rest of their life.
Those who practise plagiarism fail to realise that this disease is slowly going to destroy all their other qualities and would de-fertilise the ground where seeds of innovation, learning could be sown.
Even at college levels most of us must have done plagiarising at some point of time. The sad thing is that in India especially education system at school and even college encourages copying. In the First world countries the awareness regarding the plagiarism is so high that in one case a noted columnist of NY Times was forced to resign after few lines of his one article were found to be copied from somebody’s else. Plagiarism is a grave and punishable offense in the First World countries. Since there is no harsh law in Third World countries including India, it is still followed and is very much the reason why our country’s young minds lack innovation and creativity.
This practise has to be stopped at all levels by individuals as well as organisations to ensure we all don’t have to face it’s consequences in the future. This problem has to be tackled or else the nation and the society will have to face grave consequences in long run.