Tribune press service
Patiala, September 30
The University of Punjabi will now recover expenses incurred for printing a book on Maharana Pratap after being reported for various errors and alleged plagiarism. The book will be sealed and collected from sales. The decision came after a three-member committee formed by the university submitted its report suggesting various recommendations.
The 182-page book titled “Maharana Pratap: Apex of Chivalry and Heroism” was published by the University’s Publications Office. The book was published by the Governor of Punjab, Vice President Singh Badnore, on the 481st anniversary of Maharana Pratap’s birth on June 14.
Vice-Chancellor Prof Arvind said he endorsed six recommendations from the three-member committee.
“The university decided not to sell the book on the market. Copies of the book will be kept sealed, ”added the vice-chancellor.
“Apart from this, the university will also begin the process of rewriting the book, which will include various chapters from Maharana Pratap’s life that were not included in the previous publication,” the vice-chancellor said.
“The book, which will be written by a new editorial board and translated into Punjabi and Hindi,” added the vice-chancellor.
“Regarding the plagiarism allegations, we have decided to seek legal advice on this matter. We will form a committee to review the expenses incurred in various publication processes and recover the legitimate amount of printing. Parts of the book can be reused, ”said the vice-chancellor.
“The book was not edited properly and has many errors,” added the vice-chancellor.
The issue arose after plagiarism and other allegations were brought against the book by a retired professor from the Department of History at Punjabi University recently. Concerns were also raised after a senior official claimed that the university decided to publish a separate book on Maharana Pratap despite the fact that the three-member panel had yet to submit its report with recommendations.