The Research Cell of Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida organized an insightful training session on Turnitin Software as part of the Orientation Programme for Batch 2020. The session was conducted virtually on 29 December 2020 where the newly inducted students were introduced to the importance of academic writing skills, academic integrity and the software, Turnitin.The trainer of the session was Mr. Sachin Gurwe from Turnitin team of South Asia.

Ms. Upasana Singh, Member, Research Cell, introduced the speaker, Mr. Sachin Gurwe and welcomed the first year students. Ms. Upasana briefly threw light upon three important aspects i.e. academic integrity, what is Turnitin and how is it useful and lastly about plagiarism as an academic offence and its consequences. Ms. Upasana encouraged the students to use the software as it is made available in very few institutions and hence it is a privilege which we should use to improve our academic writing.

Mr. Gurwe started the session by introducing the software followed by discussion on text similarity vs. Plagiarism. He further explained the Plagiarism Spectrum 2.0 and ten forms of plagiarism and gave a brief as to how to avoid plagiarism. Effective time management during research and writing, providing proper citations, using Turnitin Similarity report, maintaining the academic integrity and seeking help from instructors were some of the key suggestions from Mr. Gurwe to the students.

Mr. Gurwe further demonstrated the use of Turnitin accounts to the students, familiarized with terms like Class ID, enrollment key etc. He emphasized on maintaining confidentiality and integrity while using the credentials and using the software. He further explained the concepts like class, assignments, uploading of reports, dissertations or assignments by the students.Mr. Gurwe then explained the contents of the similarity report generated by Turnitin and the background against which the submissions are crosschecked with the rich database of student papers, institutional repository, current and archived internet sources and scholarly repository continuously updated by Turnitin.

Mr. Gurwe then explained how to download the reports, filters and funnels available and other technical aspects of the software. This was followed by an animated round of questions and answers where participants discussed their queries with Mr. Gurwe who patiently resolved all the queries. Ms. Upasana introduced the Research Cell team and assured the students of the timely information and assistance which will be provided to them in due course of time.

Dr. Isha Jawasl, Head, Research Cell, welcomed the students and encouraged them to not be perplexed about the plagiarism and Turnitin.Dr. Jaswal reiterated that with right guidance and preparations from day one, students will be well-informed and prepared to refine and improve the work undertaken by them in their academic journey, which has just begun.

Mr. Gurwe expressed his thanks to the management and research cell team and extended his best wishes for the academic year to the students. “Stay positive and test negative”, the concluding words and wishes from Mr. Gurwe.  The session was concluded by Ms.Upasana by expressing the vote of thanks.

Report prepared by: Ms. Shanu Jain, Assistant Professor, DME Management School and Member, Research Cell DME

The Research Cell of Delhi Metropolitan Education, Noida, organized a one-day Multidisciplinary Workshop on ‘Deception, Fraudulence and the Virtual World’ on 12th December, 2020, 1600 hours, addressing the Cyber Frauds and their prevention. It was a virtual event organized for audiences coming from different fields of study. The day saw the gracious presence of Mr. Ashok Rathore as the key resource person, Prof. (Dr). Ravi Kant Swami, Director, DME Noida, Prof. (Dr.) Bhavish Gupta, Head of Academics, DME Law School, and Dr. Isha Jaswal, Head, Research Cell DME. The workshop intended to spread awareness about the know-how of cyber frauds with the increasing use of Information and Communication Technology.

Ms. Shambhavi Mishra, Member, Research Cell, introduced the speaker, Mr. Ashok Rathore, IPS, Additional Director General of Police, Anti-Terrorism Squad and Special Operations Group, Jaipur, Rajasthan who has been a significant figure in managing several prominent cases. Mr. Ashok Rathore emphasized on explaining the participants ‘What, How and Why of the Cyber Frauds’. He threw light on the mindset of the cyber fraudsters and the way they plan to invade others’ privacy using their experience and expertise.

Mr. Rathore took the participants through the modus operandi of SIM-Swap fraud where he talked about how scammers get access to SIM cards and get it changed or deactivated to use the details connected with those cards for commission of crime. He elaborated on how these scammers portray to be different persons to get the control of the SIM numbers, committing identity theft and sensitised about how the operators and law-enforcement agencies are trying to prevent these frauds along with the ways with which users can protect themselves. He further proceeded to explain how E-SIM cards, which have become prevalent lately and contrary to the belief of their security, can still be illegally accessed too through SMSs. Talking about how security can be ensured on users’ part, he advised on not to share confidential information over the phone, email etc. to unknown people and how to further avoid getting duped.

Mr. Rathore, then, proceeded to introduce the participants with Man-In-The-Middle (MITM) attack, wherein the fraudster is capable of intercepting the messages between two entities. Through an example of hotels having their own internet network services he explained how the data can be intercepted by those network operators. Participants were apprised with the tools for MITM, one of them being Ettercap and getaways to escape MITM by insisting on using encrypted emails, cross verifying payment details, not sharing passwords etc. Several other types of frauds he talked about included business offer fraud, customs officer fraud, QR code scan fraud, KYC fraud and Policy, gift, loan, and lottery frauds.

Mr. Rathore also explained the contributory fault on the part of a person in getting duped by the fraudster. He emphasized on this by relying upon the saying that “It takes two to commit a theft”. The greed of the complainant, unawareness, negligence, transacting online with an unknown person or over an untrusted source were quoted to be some of the reasons for increasing online crimes.

After he concluded, the question-and-answer round followed. The questions raised up pertained to various applications that gained importance due to lockdown during COVID-19 outbreak, including the use of applications like Anydesk where desktop screen can be shared with another person for accessing daily work from a far-off place. The question primarily focused on how the use of these applications, especially, in the time of pandemic which promote the use of remote sharing, affect our privacy and security. Other questions covered the E-gift cards which people often buy from shopping websites or applications like Amazon, Myntra, Flipkart etc. Mr. Rathore also dealt with the adequacy of cyber laws in India and their effectiveness in controlling the cyber frauds. At the last, he emphasized on how a mutual cooperation is required and how delays in reporting can prove harmful.

The workshop came to an end with Prof. Dr. Ravi Kant Swami, Director, DME Noida providing a heartfelt vote of thanks to the distinguished chief guest of the day, Mr. Ashok Rathore. He concluded by asking the audience a philosophical question- “What is the costliest thing on earth?” implying those things which are for free.

Report Prepared by:

Lalima Das, Student Member, Research Cell (BALLB 2018-23, DME Law School)

Ms. Akanksha Marwah, Assistant Professor, DME Law School and Member, Research Cell DME

Research Cell, Delhi Metropolitan Education (GGSIPU) organized a webinar on the topic: Macroeconomic Implications of COVID-19 and way ahead”on 4th July 2020. Our esteemed guest speakers were Dr. Badri Nararyanan Gopalakrishnan,  Infinite Sum Modelling LLC, University of Washington-Seattle, and Consultant ADB, UN, World Bank, Commonwealth, WHO, FAO, Harvard Med. School, WRI, Dr. Radhika Pandey, Consultant (National Institute of Public Finance and Policy) and Prof. Ravikant Swami, Director (DME, GGSIPU). The moderators for the session were Dr. Isha Jaswal, Associate Professor & Head Research Cell, and Ms. Upasana Singh, Assistant Professor & Member (Research Cell).

Ms. Upasana Singh introduced the distinguished panelists to the audience and Dr. Isha Jaswal gave a warm welcome address to them, on behalf of the entire DME fraternity whilst explaining the purpose and objective of the webinar. The session was attended by almost 350 participants which includes approximately 200 live viewers who joined us on Facebook Live. The participants included research scholars, students, and faculty members from diverse areas and reputed institutes from across the world including Canada, Singapore and other countries.

Ms. Upasana Singh welcomed the first guest speaker Dr. Radhika Pandey to begin the discussion. Dr. Pandey shared a presentation with the audience on the topic: “India’s Macroeconomic Policy Responses in times of COVID-19” and started with the state of Indian Economy just prior to the global pandemic and then dwelled into how the Indian Economy responded to it and concluded with what could be expected of the Economic Growth trajectory. The initial impact of the pandemic was that it disrupted the supply side due to major dependence on China and gradually the decline in demand due to the lockdown. She further shed light on the sectors that were worst hit by the pandemic. She talked about the Policy Responses introduced by the RBI and Government of India such as Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package, Aatmanirbhar package, Interest rate cuts and Unconventional liquidity enhancing measures.

The next Panelist, Dr. Badri Nararyanan Gopalakrishnan shared a presentation that he made as Consultant, Asian Development Bank on the Global Economic Impact of COVID-19. The report assessed a loss of $6.8 trillion to $8.8 trillion i.e. 6.4% to 9.7% of the Global GDP (2018 GDP level). The report suggested that the labour market was the worst hit and it is estimated that a total of 158 million to 240 million people lost their jobs during the pandemic. Lastly, he talked about the environmental impact on the world and how will it affect the green economy.

The last speaker of the session was Prof. Ravikant Swami, Director DME who took a different view of the topic than the previous two speakers. His presentation was in special reference to India and provided a detailed critical analysis of the government schemes and initiatives. He started his presentation by comprehending the problem at hand and how to resolve it. He then talked about the two major aspects of any economy i.e. the demand and supply side and what measures have been taken to improve them. According to him, there are no winners in a trade war and India must not deny being a part of global trade.

The session was concluded by a series of curated questions asked by the moderators in which some crucial and interesting points were raised and thereafter some questions, raised by the participants were also taken. At the end, Ms.Upasana Singh gave a vote of thanks and thanked the panelists for addressing the attendees.

Research Cell, Delhi Metropolitan Education GGSIPU was invited by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Mehta Vidyalaya, New Delhi to collaborate for conducting a two day online workshop on 04.06.20 and 05.06.20 dealing with the increasing problem of Cyberbullying in India. From DME Dr. Isha Jaswal, Head Research Cell, Ms. Upasana Singh, member Research Cell and Ms. Akanksha Marwah, member Research Cell addressed the session. The mode of workshop was online due to restrictions placed on large public gatherings amid COVID-19 outbreak.

Dr. Jyoti, counselor, BVBMV introduced the panel to the audience and Dr, Anju Tandon, Principal of the BVBMV welcomed the panelists. The workshop was attended by parents, students and educators from BVBMV and three other schools namely, Andhra Education Society, Kerela School and Delhi Kannada School.

Ms. Upasana Singh opened the session by elaborating the benefits that the students and the parents will get after the completion of the entire session. She started with the basic definition of Cyberbullying. i.e. bullying conducted through electronic mediums. Further she explained the concept of bullying using different examples of bullying on can find in student’s story of Cinderella and also from cinema. Further she explained different types of Cyberbullying ranging from Cyberstalking, happy slapping, flaming, misrepresentation etc. She described all these types by explaining th different elements of Cyberbullying, i.e., Intentional act, Repeatedly done to cause Injury/harm via Electronic medium.

Thereafter Ms. Akanksha Marwah continued with the explanation of impact of Cyberbullying and also talked about all the parties that can be involved in bullying. She explained that Cyberbullying has sociological, physical, emotional impacts which ultimately affect the performance of the child. She also mentioned that the extreme consequence of Cyberbullying is unfortunately Cyberbullyside, i.e. suicide committed under the impact of Cyberbullying. She further educated the students and parents with the ways to use internet safely and about importance of respecting right to privacy. Interestingly she mentioned that the children must remain very protective about their password and that must not be shared.

Ms. Upasana Singh concluded the presentation by educating the attendees about ways to respond to an act of Cyberbullying. She addressed all the interested parties, the parent, the child and the School/Educators and highlighted that the most important thing is to Stop Cyberbullying and not to take revenge from the cyberbully. The first step of the victim or his/her parent must be to collect evidence of Cyberbullying and then to approach the authorities.

Dr. Isha Jaswal concluded the session by giving her closing remarks and thanked the speakers for the insightful presentation. She shared with the attendees that Research Cell, DME is conducting research in the area of Cyberbullying in teenagers for the past 10 months approximately and because of that we got the opportunity to understand the real problems faced by students/teenagers in India. She further said students in today’s technologically advanced era are required to be aware about the consequences of their acts. It is important that the students should confide in their parents or educators or any other responsible adult about any unusual activity taking place with them. She shared with attendees that during our research we came across a student who was being bullied for being a “beautiful boy” and how she helped him by making him comfortable with the fact that both girls and boys can be beautiful. She finished on the note that it is important for every child to remain confident in the even he/she is faced with Cyberbullying.

Then the session was opened for question and answer round. Relevant questions were asked by students, educators and parents to which answers by given by panel members to their satisfaction.

At the end Dr, Anju Tandon, Principal of the BVBMV gave a vote of thanks and thanked the panelists for addressing the attendees.

The session on Live Creation of Student Turnitin Accounts for faculties at DME was held on March 6, 2020 at 1530 hrs at the Seminar hall, fifth floor, DME. It was conducted by          Ms. Upasana Singh and Ms. Shambhavi Mishra, Assistant Professors (Law) DME. It was attended by faculty members of the Department of Law and was also attended by Dr. N.K. Bahl, Dean DME Law School and Dr. Bhavish Gupta, Head of (Academics), DME Law School.

The session was done to apprise the faculties with the details of creation of student turnitin accounts and focused on the dissertation supervisors of 10th semester students of B.A. LL.B. and BB.A. LL.B. batch 2015 – 2020. The supervisors were informed about the turnitin filters for dissertation student accounts as decided by the Dissertation and Internship Committee, DME. All the faculty members were asked to create their accounts along-with the directions given in the session. Subsequently the faculties were given an opportunity to ask questions and clarify doubts.

The session was successfully concluded.

The session on Live Training for faculties at DME was held on Feb 6, 2020 at the Seminar hall, fifth floor, DME. It was conducted by Ms. Upasana Singh and Mr. Varun Piplani from Turnitin. It was attended by faculty members of the DME.

Cyberbullying Awareness Workshop

Research Cell in Collaboration with Cyber Cell, DME NOIDA

On 18th January, 2019, a two faculty members and the student coordinators of cyber cell visited St. Paul’s Academy to create awareness around the menace of cyber bullying and its effects and impacts. St. Paul’s Academy is located in New Raj Nagar Ghaziabad. It is one of the leading schools in the area.

The team comprised of Ms. Shambhavi Mishra, Assistant Professor of Law and Ms. Upasana Singh, Assistant Professor of Law and the student team: Ms. Tanisha Sharma and Mr. Pranay Agarwal.

The team addressed around 300 students of 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th standards in order to discuss with them the modern social evil of cyberbullying. It was a highly interactive session with a lot of students opening up and sharing their incidents of bullying. It created a space of dialogue between the teachers, who themselves have also been subjected to bullying offline as well as online, and the students to understand the idea of bullying.

Cyberbullying Awareness Workshop

Research Cell, DME NOIDA,

CYBER Cell, DME NOIDA

On 26th November, 2019, a group of faculty members and student coordinators visited Bhartiya Vidya Bhawans Mehta Vidyalaya to create awareness around the menace of cyberbullying and its effects and impacts. Bhartiya Vidya Bhawans Mehta Vidyalaya, located in Kasturba Gandhi Marg, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi, is one of the first public schools established in post independence New Delhi.

The team led by Dr. Isha Jaswal, Head Research Cell, comprised of Ms. Shambhavi Mishra, Assistant Professor of Law, Ms. Upasna Singh, Assistant Professor of Law, and the student team: Ms. Tanisha Sharma, Ms. Shubham Sharma, Ms. Megha Mishra, Ms. Lalima Das and Ms. Preeti Dhoundhiyal of DME Law School.

The workshop was divided into two sessions where the first session comprised of 150 students of 9thstandard while the second session comprised of 150 students of 11th standard. Both the sessions were extremely interactive and it was quite a humbling down experience with the students of the school expressing their motivation to take up Law as their subject in their graduation years. The teachers also clarified many of their doubts around cyberbullying and usage of social media platforms by young children.

Cyberbullying Awareness Workshop

Research Cell, DME NOIDA,

Cyber Cell, DME NOIDA

On 25th November, 2019, a group of faculty members and student coordinators visited Tagore Shiksha Niketan located in Mithapur Extension, Badarpur, New Delhi, to create awareness around the menace of cyberbullying, its effects and impacts.

The team led by Dr. Isha Jaswal, Head Research Cell, comprised of Ms. Shambhavi Mishra, Assistant Professor of Law and the student team: Ms. Tanisha Sharma, Ms. Shubham Sharma, Ms. Megha Mishra and Ms. Lalima Das.

The team addressed the audience of around 150 students of 8th, 9th and 10th standards. The students although were quite young to understand the gravity of their actions online, despite being extremely active on social media platforms, yet they were quite eager to share their experiences and problems with everyone. It was an enlightening experience even for the team members as they were able to comprehend the reach and influence of social media in the pre-adolescent children.

Cyberbullying Awareness Workshop

Research Cell, DME NOIDA,

Cyber Cell, DME NOIDA

On 23rd November, 2019, a group of faculty members and student coordinators visited the Salwan Senior Secondary Girls’ School to create awareness around the menace of cyberbullying and its effects and impacts. Salwan Senior Secondary Girls’ School is situated in the Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi and is a prominent landmark in the nearby areas of Rajinder Nagar and Karol Bagh.

The team led by Dr. Isha Jaswal, Head Research Cell, comprised of Ms. Shambhavi Mishra, Assistant Professor of Law and the student team: Ms. Tanisha Sharma, Ms. Shreya Bhatnagar, Ms. Megha Mishra and Ms. Lalima Das.

The team addressed around 350 students of 9th, 10th and 11th standards in order to discuss with them the modern social evil of cyberbullying. It was a highly interactive session with a lot of students opening up and sharing their incidents of bullying. It created a space of dialogue between the teachers, who themselves have also been subjected to bullying offline as well as online, and the students to understand the idea of bullying.