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Plagiarism accusation against PU Psychology Dept chairwoman

Not guilty, says PU Applied Psychology Dept head
Lahore, April 8, 2008: Punjab University (PU) Applied Psychology Department Chairwoman Prof Dr Yasmeen Farooqi said that she was not a plagiarist and was willing to appear before inquiry members to prove it.

She was responding to an accusation by former PU Applied Psychology chairman Dr Mian Aftab, who said that an article Dr Farooqi had published in a journal had been copied from a student's thesis. He said that he had the documents to prove his claim. Dr Aftab was sacked as chair of the department after charges of plagiarism were proved against him.

A couple of days ago, the PU VC asked senior PU professors to probe the charge against Dr Farooqi. The VC was asked by the chancellor to investigate after Dr Aftab wrote to him accusing Dr Farooqi of plagiarism.

Dr Aftab said that the PU Syndicate should hold an inquiry in the matter. He accused PU vice chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran of bias towards Dr Farooqi in the case. He asked the chancellor, Governor Khalid Maqbool, to look into the matter.

Dr Aftab said he had told the governor that Dr Farooqi had supervised a thesis titled, Pre-post Evaluation of Depression and Anxiety in Patients Undergoing Mastectomy and Hysterectomy. He said that Alia Shah, a student of MSc in Psychology, submitted the thesis in 1998.

He said Dr Farooqi published parts of the thesis in the Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society under the title, Depression and Anxiety in Patients Undergoing Hysterectomy, but did not acknowledge Alia Shah's contribution. Dr Aftab said that he had complained to the Higher Education Commission in this regard, but it did not probe the matter.

Dr Farooqi claims copyrights: Dr Farooqi said that she was willing to appear before any inquiry team. She said that she had the copyrights of Alia Shah's research papers in which she was authorised to use the papers with her name. She said Dr Aftab, in connivance with some other members of her department were propagating against her. She also accused Dr Aftab of stealing Shah's thesis from the department's library. She said that she had been working on the topic for many years. She said that Alia Shah had migrated to the US after receiving her postgraduate degree from the PU and was no longer linked with the study of Psychology.

PU Spokesman Dr Mujahid Mansoori said that the VC had instructed senior professors to look into the matter on instructions from the chancellor.

Dr Ahmad Jan Durrani appointed LUMS VC
LAHORE: The Vice-Chancellor (VC) Search Committee of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Monday appointed Dr Ahmad Jan Durrani as the LUMS VC, said a press statement.

Dr Durrani will replace Dr Syed Zahoor Hassan from July 1, 2008. With research, teaching, and academic administration career spanning over 25 years, Dr Durrani worked as the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chairman for six years. He also served at Rice University, Houston as the Engineering Department associate dean for three years.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a founding director of the Rice Global Forum. Following the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, he led a team of US researchers to Pakistan to study the earthquake risk and damage in the affected areas.

Last year, he organised a joint Rice-LUMS workshop at LUMS on connexions technology, an open courseware initiative at Rice. Dr Durrani holds a PhD degree in civil engineering from Michigan University. He also holds an MBA degree from the University of Houston. He received his bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology (Lahore) with a gold medal.

He is a leading expert in earthquake risk mitigation with a distinguished record in research, teaching, and professional service. He serves as Chair of the Mayor of Houston's International Advisory and Development Council for South Asia and is a charter member of Open Houston, an organisation of Pakistani entrepreneurs. Daily Times

MBBS exams schedule
Lahore: The University of Health Sciences (UHS) has announced the schedule of professional MBBS examinations to be held during the current year.

According to a notification issued on Monday, MBBS First Professional part-I, annual examination, 2008, will commence on October 22, part-II on October 28, Second Professional on November 24, Third Professional on October 10 and Final Professional on December 15.

UHS affiliated medical colleges are: the Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore, the CMH Lahore Medical College, the FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry, Lahore, the Faisalabad Medical College, Faisalabad, the Lahore Medical and Dental College, the Nishtar Medical College, Multan, the Punjab Medical College, Faisalabad, the Quaid-e-Azam Medical College, Bahawalpur, the Rawalpindi Medical College, the Services Institute of Medical Sciences, Lahore, the Sheikh Zayed Medical College, Rahim Yar Khan, the Sargodha Medical College, the University College of Medicine and Dentistry, Lahore and the Wah Medical College, Wah Cantt. The results will be declared within two weeks following the oral/practical examinations while admission forms are available on the website www.uhs.edu.pk.

PU results
Lahore: The Punjab University Examination Department on Monday declared the results of BS Computer Science, BSc (Hons) Computer Science and B-Pharmacy. In BS Computer Science, 1st Year, 2007, 67 candidates appeared and 47 were declared successful. In BSc (Hons) Computer Science, 3rd Year, 2007, 88 candidates appeared and 46 were declared successful. In B Pharmacy, Final Professional, Annual Examination 2006, 221 candidates appeared and 168 candidates were declared successful. Detailed results are available at the university website www.pu.edu.pk. The News

Registration for BA / BSc
Lahore: Punjab University has started registration of private candidates appearing in BA / BSc Annual Examination 2009 which will continue till June 28, 2008. The registration form is available at Information Cell New Campus, prescribed branches of Habib Bank Ltd and also downloadable from PU website www.pu.edu.pk. The required documents for registration and instructions have been mentioned on the back of the form. Registration fee is Rs 1200/-. Attested form in every aspect must reach / submit by hand in the office of Registration Branch, Room No. 25, Admin Block New Campus before June 28, 2008. F.P Report

PU to hire security specialist
Lahore: The Punjab University (PU) has decided to hire the services of a security specialist to fulfill security needs on its all campuses, said a press release on Monday.

The decision was taken in a meeting headed by PU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran. Prof Dr Bashir Ahmad, Resident Officer-11 Malik Zaheer, Prof Dr Naeem Khan, Prof Zahid Karim, Prof Dr Shaukat Ali, Dr Mujahid Ali Mansoori, Dr Mansoor Sarwar, and Hassan Shahnawaz Zaidi were present.

The VC directed the authorities concerned to identify those who had been expelled from the university, but were still residing in PU hostels "illegally".

The VC also ordered the PU administration to recruit young, committed, and courageous security officials for the campus. Seminar at Persian Department: The PU Persian Department will hold an international seminar on the Contribution of Subcontinent to Persian Language and Literature on Thursday April 10 at 9am at Senate Hall, Allama Iqbal Campus.

Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will be the chief guest on the occasion. The seminar has been arranged to mark 125th anniversary of the PU.

Lecture on April 10: The PU Philosophy Department will hold a lecture on Iqbal's Approach to the Islamic Theology of Modernity on Thursday (April 10) at 11am at the Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IBIT). Council of Islamic Ideology Chairman Dr Muhammad Khalid Masud will deliver the lecture. Daily Times
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