Plagiarism complaint against Dr Sheena Shukur lodged before Kannur varsity VC

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Thiruvananthapuram: A complaint of alleged plagiarism in the PhD thesis submitted by Dr Sheena Shukur, former pro-vice chancellor of the MG university and head of Kannur University legal studies department, was lodged by the Save University Campaign Committee.

The complaint forwarded to the Kannur University Vice-Chancellor requested to remove her as head of the Kannur University Law Studies Department and launch an investigation. A petition has also been submitted to the Kerala Governor on the matter.

In 2009, Sheena Shukur received PhD degree from Tamil Nadu Ambedkar University for a research paper on 'Validity and Application of Muslim Family Law in Kerala and Lakshadweep'. As per the complaint, she had copied certain portions from a book published in 1969, Marumakkathayam- Allied System of Law, written by K Sreedharwaryar of Madras University, with an introduction by late Justice V.R Krishna Iyer.

Meanwhile, the complaint claims she received PhD thesis by undertaking only part-time research for one year and two months at Amity University, Delhi, and eight months at Ambedkar University, Tamil Nadu. As per the UGC norms, it is mandatory for a candidate to conduct research for at least three years.

Further, it was also alleged that she completed the research under the supervision of former High Court Justice Abdul Ghafoor, who lacks a doctorate or PG degree, mandatorily required to supervise research scholars.

The Kannur University approved her research degree and appointed her as a research guide in violation of the state university's provision not to recognize such doctorate degrees obtained in violation of the UGC norms.

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