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Pabitra points plagiarism finger

Calcutta, Nov. 7: Academician Pabitra Sarkar today accused a Burdwan University associate professor of lifting passages from one of his books and using them in a 2011 thesis.

Pabitra Sarkar said he sent a letter by speed post to Burdwan University vice-chancellor Smriti Kumar Sarkar on Saturday informing him about the matter. The VC said he was yet to receive the letter.

Arindam Chattopadhyay, an associate professor in the Bengali department, published the thesis in the form of a book — Bangla Group Theatre—Pratyasha Prapti.

Pabitra Sarkar, who is also a visiting expert at the Centre of Advanced Studies under the Bengali department of the varsity, said several pages of his Bish Shataker Bangali Jiban Sanskriti were copied “word for word” in the thesis.

Sarkar, a former vice-chairman of the Paschim Banga Bangla Akademy, said in the letter: “One Shri Arindam Chattopadhyay has shamelessly plagiarised passages from my article Shatabdi, Bangla Natak published in the book Bish Shataker Bangali Jiban Sanskriti in 2007.... I request you to take appropriate action...”

Chattopadhyay admitted that he had taken “kichu sahajya (some help)” from Pabitra Sarkar’s book. “I acknowledged it in a footnote to my book. But I did not copy word for word.”