The recent announcement by the University Grants Commission (UGC) on its plan to introduce Turnitin software in public universities has come as a sigh of relief for the research community in Bangladesh. The move is commendable and has been applauded by people from all walks of life. The implementation of this software will significantly reduce plagiarism in research papers, since teachers and students will be held accountable if they resort to any wrongdoings. It will also ensure superior standards in writing research papers, which in turn, will boost the country's image in the international arena.
The academic landscape in Bangladesh has come under intense scrutiny in the last few years after several cases of plagiarism surfaced in the research work of teachers from higher educational institutions across the country.