NAST scientist accused of plagiarism
Scientist of Nepal Institute of Science and Technology (NAST) Dr. Roshan Pandey has been seriously accused of stealing research papers in an unethical manner. Japan's Kyushu Institute of Technology (QTEC) has objected to Pandey's research paper uploaded to the research gate.
Pandey and Suresh Bhattarai of Kathmandu University presented working papers at the 71st International Astronautical Congress (IAC) held from October 12 to 14. According to a NAST source, QTEC has objected to the subject of the working paper titled 'Nepali Sat-One Wigning of the Space Era in Nepal'.
QTEC said that it received a reply from Nast on January 5, 2021, adding that there was no result in withdrawing the research paper submitted by Pandey to the IAC. "It simply came to our notice then.
Professor Dr Menghu Chao, director of Cutech's Lin Satellite Enterprise and in Orbit Experiment Laboratory, wrote to Nast last December warning of Pandey's behavior for the first time. In another letter written a few days ago, he said that he expected disciplinary action against Pandey from Nast and at least took strong steps to withdraw the presented research paper.
He even revealed that the vice chancellor of Nast seemed to agree with his position at that time. But Dr. Chao said he was dissatisfied with Nast's failure to take action. "I have no choice but to request the IAC and all online channels to withdraw the investigation immediately," he said. "I am confident that this work will be done within a month." Otherwise, Qtech itself will contact the IAC and raise this issue with all stakeholders.
Nast Vice-Chancellor Sunil Babu Shrestha said that the internal process has moved forward in this regard. But he said that it has reached him. However, he has already instructed the secretary to implement the letter.
The Nepali SAT-1 satellite was launched on 4 Baisakh 2076. It was prepared by scientists Abhash Maskey and Hariram Shrestha, who went to study in Cutech, Japan on a scholarship from Nast.
The satellite is still in operation. It is said that he objected after bypassing himself in Nepali SAT-1, which is part of QTech's project, and preparing an investigation paper. Sources close to the project said that the issue took a serious turn after Pandey jointly copied and pasted the research paper, photograph and graph submitted to the IAC from his site.
"Nast has collaborated on the project, which is being carried out under QTech," he said. But it was exaggerated by writing a research paper that it is a satellite of Nepal. '
Pandey was assigned to look after the ground station as a focal point on behalf of Nast in the project. But after ignoring even Abhash Maskey and Hariram Shrestha and preparing and presenting the research paper, the question of morality has arisen on them.
In the process, Pandey has been accused of copying information completely owned by Qtech. But Pandey claimed that there was nothing serious about the issue.
"The paper was not even presented as a research report," he said. "We presented it in a virtual workshop." He was initially unaware of it and said he had not received any emails on the subject.
"Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person," he said. Has begun to happen. "Even in science diplomacy between Nepal and Japan, it could cause a big rift," a Nast source said. Abhash Maske informed that the research report has been prepared by incorporating the achievements of Nepali SAT-1 and now it is being prepared to be published soon.