Contents copying on an increase among doctoral theses.A report indicates that 25 percent of the Ph.D theses contents are copied from other theses. As per regulations about 15percent of copying is allowed, only as references and reproduction of similar works in earlier works. But beyond that it is not allowed.
This report is from a thesis work based on a problem which attempts to study how much 'robbery' is taking place in research works. This attempt is noticed more in Arts and Humanities (26 percent). In Science subjects it is only 16 percent. This thesis work on copying of theses has been awarded as the best thesis by Manipal University.
The study based on 70 theses approved for the degree by three Universities working in Kerala. The 70 theses were selected from 564 theses approved by the three Universities. The work was done using the software 'Urkhund' approved by U.G.C. If a thesis is uploaded to this software it will automatically compare with similar works published within or outside the country.The present study gives percentages
of subjectwise split up of copying. Sociology (30), Political science (29.5), Economics (23.3), English (26), Chemistry (19.7) and Botany (13.7).