Credentials faked-NUS relooks its academic recruitment process

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Former Assistant Professor at NUS’ Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Anoop Shankar, had faked his credentials. During his time as a faculty member (2005-2008), he wrote several papers on diabetes and was also looking into eye diseases in Singapore. Apparently, the 39-year old’s resume stated that he had graduated from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, a prestigious institute in India and that he had a doctorate in epidemiology. However, a review of his work by West Virginia University in the United States found that he had only a master’s degree (in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina) and did not graduate from AIIMS at all. On top of all this, some publications listed on his resume were authored by someone else, or did not exist. The surprising this is that Anoop was dismissed by West Virginia University in 2012, but the school did not address the case publicly. Had they done that, NUS would not have to face this now. NUS has launched an investigation to review all of Anoop’s papers. This is not the first case of academic fraud at NUS. Two years back, former NUS don Alirio Melendez had fabricated data in 21 papers. He was investigated after his paper was retracted from Nature Immunology since there were ‘inconsistencies’. All this fraud has made NUS to rethink its academic recruitment process and seems like it is going to run a tight ship from now on.

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The above story is based on materials provided by http://www.straitstimes.com/news/singapore/education/story/nus-relooks-process-academic-recruitment-after-reports-former-faculty and http://www.tremeritus.com/2014/09/12/former-nus-prof-exposed-as-a-fraud/

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