Plagiarism in research works
I’ve become a scapegoat: Samia
Published : Monday, 1 March, 2021 at 5:01 PM Count : 499
Dhaka University's Mass Communication and Journalism department associate professor Samia Rahman, who has recently been demoted for plagiarism in her research works, alleged that she was conspiratorially and unjustly framed...saying, "I've been made a scapegoat."
At press conference held at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the city on Monday, Samia alleged that she did not get justice from the incumbent authorities of the university.
Begum Rokeya University Vice Chancellor Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah and lawyer Turin Afroz were also present at the press conference.
Samia informed that she requested the president, also the Chancellor of the university, to give strict instructions to the DU authorities for revealing the truth. “I'm also in the process of taking legal action regarding the issue,” she said.
In December, 2016, Samia and Syed Mahfujul Haque Marjan, lecturer of Criminology Department, co-authored an eight-page article entitled ‘A New Dimension of Colonialism and Pop Culture: A Case Study of the Cultural Imperialism’ in the journal of Social Science Review of Faculty of Social Sciences, Dhaka University.
It is alleged that Samia and Marjan in the article had copied from pages 5, 6, 66, 68 and 119 of Edward Said’s book ‘Culture and Imperialism.’ They also copied many pages from French philosopher Michel Foucault’s article titled “The Subject and Power,” for their research paper.
On January 28, the authorities of Dhaka University have demoted three teachers— Samia Rahman of Mass Communication Journalism Department; Syed Mahfujul Haque Marjan of Criminology Department; and Omar Farooque of Islamic History and Culture Department--as they were found guilty of plagiarising in their research works.
Samia Rahman said that she did not write or submit the research that she has been accused of writing. She also has evidence in this regard.
She pointed out that a quarter of the university administration and some teachers were involved in this ‘conspiracy’. However, she did not mention their names and requested the journalists to reveal the names after investigation.