Thursday, May 24, 2007

Academic advisor who supervised plagiarized thesis resigns

Further to an IPBiz post, the herald reported:

The academic who supervised Shamim “Chippy” Shaik‘s allegedly plagiarised PhD thesis has resigned from the University of KwaZulu Natal.

Professor Viktor Verijenko reportedly resigned early on Monday.

This followed a Sunday Times report that “more than two-thirds” of Chippy Shaik‘s 2003 PhD in mechanical engineering from the then-University of Natal had been plagiarised.

There is no word on Professor Theodore Tauchert from the College of Engineering at the University of Kentucky who collaborated with Verijenko and who was an external examiner on the plagiarized thesis. If one can't recognize plagiarized work, how competent was one's examination of the thesis?

Google banning ads promoting plagiarism -->

the timesonline reports:

Google, the world’s biggest search engine, is to ban advertisements for essay-writing services, amid claims that it is undermining the integrity of university degrees.

From next month, Google will no longer accept adverts from companies that sell thousands of essays and dissertations from as little as £70 to as much as £5,000 each around the world.


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