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Year : 2004  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 281-284

Academic dishonesty in Indian medical colleges


Department of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry – 605006, India

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B Gitanjali
Department of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research, Pondicherry – 605006
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Integrity is a necessary attribute expected in practitioners of medicine. Unfortunately there is evidence on hand that academic dishonesty is widely prevalent in many Indian medical colleges and that a proportion of students seem to think that there is nothing wrong in participating in such acts. This practice needs to be discouraged as those indulging in unethical acts during student days are likely to indulge in similar practices while dealing with their patients. It is, therefore, necessary that teachers in medical colleges show ‘zero tolerance’ to such acts. There is a need for faculty and administrators to be above board in their actions and be role models for ethical behaviour. Hence, acts of academic misconduct committed by faculty and administrators should also be dealt with quickly, fairly and firmly. A milieu of transparency, fairness and student awareness will go a long way in minimizing this pervasive malady.






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