China passes law amendment to fight academic misconduct

Beijing, Dec 27 (IANS) China’s top legislature on Sunday adopted an amendment to the nation’s Higher Education Law on academic misconduct.

The amendment was adopted at the week-long bi-monthly session of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee, which opened on December 21, Xinhua news agency reported.

The amendment enables academic committees in institutions of higher learning to investigate and handle academic disputes and requires them to identify cases of academic misconduct.

It requires authorities to organise panels or entrust third party organs to evaluate institutions of higher learning.

The amendment also stipulates that one of the tasks for institutions of higher learning is to nurture specialised students who have a sense of social responsibility in addition to creativity and practical ability.

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