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A Test of Intellectual Integrity by Erika Fry, Spectrum, BP

A Test of Intellectual Integrity by Erika Fry, Spectrum, BP

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The article accuses Dr Supachai Lorklowhakarn of plagerizing his 2007 PhD thesis at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Dr Somchai sued and Erika Fry fled the country. See Columbia Journallism Review.
The article accuses Dr Supachai Lorklowhakarn of plagerizing his 2007 PhD thesis at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. Dr Somchai sued and Erika Fry fled the country. See Columbia Journallism Review.

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A test of intellectual integrity
Previously unpublicised accusations of intellectual dishonesty on the partof a high-ranking bureaucrat have the potential to shake academiaand rattle confidence in Thailand's IP regime.
Published:7/06/2009 at 12:00 AM
 Newspaper section:Spectrum Charges of intellectual property theft are common enough in Thailand, althoughmost often they are made over pirated DVDs and handbags - rarely do they touchscientific circles and the hallowed halls of academia, or involve organic asparagus.Yet those familiar with the accusations against Supachai Lorlowhakarn - that he stole theIP rights to a technical report published by Thailand's International Trade Centre (ITC),and copied and pasted nearly all of his May 2008 dissertation to satisfy requirements for a PhD from Chulalongkorn University's's Agricultural Technology programme - say thiscase merits special attention because of his role at the helm of a national agency thatspecialises in innovation and intellectual property. Since 2004, he has been the director of the National Innovation Agency (NIA), under the Ministry of Science and Technology(Most). The NIA's mandate is to support both financially and technically the developmentof innovation within Thai industry, business, government and society. In addition, the NIA houses an Intellectual Property Management Unit which advises Thai enterprises onissues related to the creation and value of IP.The previously unpublicised plagiarism charges first came to the attention of Spectrumafter Wyn Ellis, a British agriculture consultant and also a Chulalongkorn PhD candidate,submitted the case to the National Anti-Corruption Commission and petitioned theAdministrative Court to revoke Mr Supachai's doctoral degree.
 
SUPACHAI LORLOWHAKARN: The director of the National Innovation Agency has been accused of plagiarism.Mr Wyn is a principal author of one of the works he claims Mr Supachai's dissertationwas lifted from, an ITC report published in August 2006 which is essentially a nationalaction plan for organic agriculture in Thailand. The report - "Strengthening the ExportCapacity of Thailand's Organic Agriculture" - was co-funded by the EuropeanCommission in cooperation with the NIA, Most and the Ministry of Agriculture andCooperatives, Thailand. A PDF version of the report is still available at the ITC's website,along with a copyright notice stating that "none of the materials provided on this web sitemay be used, reproduced or transmitted, in whole or in part, in any form or by anymeans ..."In 2008 the report was published again - identical, but for a handful of changes in the textand the inclusion of two new lead authors, Mr Supachai and NIA Project Manager Kunawut Boonyanopakun. The changes included a 15-page appendix translated intoThai, and the report's copyrighting by the NIA. The text was modified minimally andoftentimes, ungramatically in a handful of paragraphs, largely in the acknowledgementsand introductory text.THE ORIGINAL: Technical report published by Thailand’s International TradeCentre (ITC).
 
The document is also marked with ISBN 978-974-229-701-5, which through anapplication by its new authors at Thailand's Central Library made it eligible for commercial sale (250 baht) at Chulalongkorn University. The "NIA's official version", asMr Supachai calls it, is also available, in PDF version, at the NIA's website.In email correspondence given to the Bangkok Post, Dr Alexander Kasterine, the ITC project manager in 2006, said authorisation for the report's modification and re- publication was never granted, and he was concerned, particularly as the "content appearsto be exactly the same as the work carried out by the four authors of the original action plan". He also states that ITC contracted two consultants in Thailand, Mr Ellis and VittonPanyakul, to complete the project, and who served as the report's principal authors. Hewrote: "ITC considers any output from these two consultants is the copyright of ITC."MODIFIED: Version of ITC report with ‘minimal’ differences, including theinclusion of two new authors’ names.Mr Supachai said the matter was "complicated", and contends the "project was initiated,implemented, and concluded by NIA - especially its director". He adds that NIA provideda large part of the funding.While Mr Ellis concedes the NIA initiated the proposal to the EU/ITC, he says the NIAand its staff had, at most, a minimal role in the technical aspects and writing involved inthe final report, and aside from in-kind contributions, provided no funding."ITC and the EU have testified to my role as the main author and ITC has expressed itsclaim to copyright of the final report many times to the NIA," he added.DISSERTATION DISPUTE

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Supachai's PhD degree at Chulalongkorn Unviersity was revoked on 21 June 2012 on grounds of academic misconduct. He was subsequently found guilty of criminal forgery of Ellis' employment contract at NIA, But the Ministry of Science and NIA refuse to take any action against Supachai, whose online cv continues to claim he has a PhD from Chulalongkorn.
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