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Sansad TV: Perspective- Anti-Copying Law

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Introduction:

Governor Lieutenant General Gurmeet Singh has approved the Uttarakhand Competitive Examination (Measures for Prevention of Unfair Means in Recruitment) Ordinance. Under `Anti-copying law’, candidates involved in cheating will be punished and a `ban of 10 years` will be imposed on them. There is a provision to impose a fine of 10 crore along with life imprisonment or 10 years in jail for the copycat mafia. Apart from this, there is also a provision to attach the property of the copying mafia. This comes after the UKPSC paper leak which led to cancellation of exams for around 1.4 lakh government job aspirants and to understand the implications of this law.

Highlights and Analysis of it:

  • The country’s strictest Anti-Copying Law has come into force in Uttarakhand. Governor has approved the Uttarakhand Competitive Examination (Measures for Prevention and Prevention of Unfair Means in Recruitment) Ordinance 2023.
  • Under this Anti-Copying Law, a provision to impose a fine of 10 crores rupees along with life imprisonment or 10 years in jail for the copycat mafia.
  • The introduction of the new anti-copying laws in Uttarakhand has sparked a heated debate among various stakeholders. On the one hand, many educators and parents have welcomed the laws, as they believe that cheating on exams undermines the value of academic qualifications and the integrity of the education system.
  • Apart from this, there is also a provision to attach the property of the copying mafia.
  • Strict action will also be taken against the students who leak the paper. A provision has been made in the Act that if a student leaks paper in the recruitment examinations, or passes the examination by cheating, then that student will be banned for 10 years.
  • This means that if a student is found indulging in this type of activity, he/she will not be able to appear in any recruitment examination for 10 years. They will not be able to take part in the recruitment examinations.
  • Gangster Act will be imposed on such students.
  • Also, their property will also be confiscated. This rule will be applicable to the students who leak the question paper and pass the examination dishonestly by purchasing it.

Issues with academic cheating/copying

  • They also argue that the laws do not address the root causes of cheating, such as the lack of quality education and the high level of stress and competition faced by students
  • Compromises merit
  • Unfair advantage
  • Discourages hard work
  • Lack of personal growth
  • This may lead to dropouts

Benefits provided by the Law

  • The new anti-cheating law in Uttarakhand is legislation that aims to reduce cheating during exams and promote fairness in the educational system.
  • The objective of the law is to create a level playing field for all students and ensure that educational achievements are based on merit and hard work rather than cheating.
  • This adds to the Credibility of the educational system
  • Discourages cheating.
  • The laws are also seen to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their future careers
  • Ensures quality of academics is maintained
  • Encourages ethical behaviour

Way Forward:

  • In the long run, the expected impact of the new anti-cheating law in Uttarakhand is to improve the fairness and integrity of the educational system.
  • It is important to ensure that the law is implemented in a way that strikes a balance between promoting fairness and protecting the well-being of students.
  • The new anti-copying laws in Uttarakhand represent an important step forward in addressing the issue of academic dishonesty in the state.
  • In the long term, the success of the laws will depend on the ability of educators, students, and parents to work together to create a supportive and ethical learning environment that values knowledge, hard work, and integrity.