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Plagiarism scam hits Karachi varsity
Islamabad, April 16: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has received a case of
plagiarism in which a student of Karachi University has alleged that her teacher
stole her thesis and got it published with her name to get financial benefits.
According to sources, Mehwish Hameed, a PhD Scholar in Botany from Karachi
University has alleged that her supervisor plagiarised her whole research work
on: 'Conservation of Fresh Water in Karachi' and got it published with her own
name to win over Rs0.7million research productivity allowance granted by
Pakistan Scientific Research Council (PSRC).
Now, she further alleged, the supervisor is continuously creating hurdles at
each step of her studies and even cancelled her admission in 2007.
Mehwish further stated she contacted the ombudsman's office in Sindh the same
year who gave a decision in her favour too saying: "If people like Mehwish's
supervisor are not punished then more students will be victimised". The
ombudsman in his decision directed vice chancellor of the university to, "move a
case to Governor Sindh, the varsity's chancellor, initiating action against the
accused for committing gross misconduct."
The ombudsman also directed the university authorities that complainant
should neither be harassed nor victimised in pursuing her studies.
Respondents at Karachi University however failed to comply as the case was
After that Mehwish filed a case at Sindh High Court (SHC) to get her degree
where she is contesting the case herself as she said she was a poor student and
could not afford the hefty fees of the lawyers. The case had been facing delays
since then due to her ignorance of the legal affairs.
She said that on the directions of Col Mohyuddin, Investigation Officer at
Mohtasib Department, she was allowed to continue her education at the university
where she submitted her thesis along with evaluation fee and was waiting for
issuance of the doctorate degree.
Mehwish Hameed said she completed her thesis work in
2010 and had been waiting to get her degree since then but management of the
university was not issuing it.
She further said: "I have applied for the post of lecturer offered by the HEC
and got selected but the commission has been demanding the degree due to which I
am not being appointed.
"I have submitted an application with the Executive Director HEC, Dr Sohail
Naqvi requesting him to take notice of the issue and ensure justice in my case
but so far no one has contacted me."
Dr Sohail Naqvi confirmed he has had correspondence
with Mehwish regarding the case.
"According to rules, we have to send such cases to relevant university first
and in case it fails to address the grievances only then we can take action.
"On Monday (today) I will personally ask about the case and will ensure that
justice is done to the affected student," he assured.
Spokesperson for the university Farheen Zehra said the registrar has already
formed an inquiry committee but so far its findings have not been received.
Action will be taken after completion of the inquiry. When asked to get an
update from the inquiry committee, she said she joined the university on March 1
and did not have cell numbers of its members.
Vice Chancellor of Karachi University Dr Mohammad Qaisar said: "The student is mentally disturbed and is deliberately spoiling the image
of the university by dragging it to the court.
"She can be awarded an MPhil degree but awarding her the PhD degree was out
Commenting on the inquiry he said: "We formed an inquiry committee earlier on
the directions of ombudsman that decided against the student". Dawn
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Criminology, Visual Studies to get KU dept status
Karachi: The Karachi University syndicate has decided to
take no action against any of its staff members responsible for running a
so-called criminology department on the campus, which had never been approved as
a department by the varsity's statutory bodies, it emerged on
Sources said that the syndicate meeting, which was held on Saturday and
continued for more than five hours, also decided to set up a criminology
department, separate from the sociology department, within two months by getting
its approval from the university bodies concerned.
They said the university syndicate after a prolonged debate on reports
prepared by committees set up to look into the case concluded that since the
university administration, members of the Board of Advanced Studies and Research
and a number of teachers were involved, deliberately or unintentionally, in the
criminology 'department' case, it was deemed fit to clear all and that Dr Fateh
Mohammad Burfat would only be reprimanded over his 'negligence'.
The university syndicate also reaffirmed its past decision of clearing three
senior teachers of plagiarism against whom relevant charges had been proved by a
committee instituted by the university itself. The plagiarism charges against an
ad-hoc teacher were also dropped.
The meeting referred the plagiarism policy document prepared by its committee
to the academic council for approval after some members expressed reservations
over the punishments, recommended for the crime, which, they believed, were too
The members also decided to regularise the 'department' of visual studies by
getting it approved by the university's statutory bodies.
Currently, the 'department of visual studies' being run for many years on the
campus lacks permanent faculty and has no representation on the university's
The matter of the criminology department had been pending with the KU
syndicate for two years. The department was being run for many years and the
university administration officially accepted its mistake when the media exposed
it. But it did not withdraw the PhD degree it had awarded to a student. Later,
the university took all the masters students registered in the criminology
department into its sociology department, where the subject, criminology, was
offered as a course after taking students' consent.
At least seven MPhil/PhD students did not agree to changing their department
from criminology to sociology and decided to wait for the decision of a court,
whose intervention was sought by one of the affected students.
The teachers accused of plagiarism were: Prof Dr Jalaluddin Noori, Prof Dr
Sayeed Arayen, Prof Dr Najma Sultana and Dr Zakia Bibi. Dawn
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Karachi: Students who are waiting for their final results could apply for the Karachi
University entrance test for admissions in MPhil/PhD Programmes 2012, the
university administration announced on Sunday.
However, for provisional admissions, the students will have to submit their
mark sheets of the last degree passed before May 31, according to the
announcement.This has been decided in a recent meeting of the Postgraduate
Admission Committee (PGAC) for M.Phil leading to PhD, headed by Prof Dr Shahana
It has also been decided that since there is no office for the faculty of Law
and Medicine in the premises of the KU Campus, the applicants could submit duly
filled application forms in the office of the Board of Advanced Studies and
Research situated on the first floor in the Administration Block, KU.
It needs to be emphasised that applicants who wish to apply in any other
faculty should submit their applications in the respective faculties only. It is
pertinent to recall that the forms for admission in MS, M.Phil and PhD
programmes could only be downloaded from the university's official website
www.uok.edu.pk. The last date for submission of forms is April 17, the KU
management announced. The news
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Varsity clash leaves 2 students injured
Karachi: Two students were injured in a
clash between student organisations of the University of Karachi here on
The clash took place in the premises of Mathematics Department
of the university.
According to SHO Mobeena Town police station Idrees
Bangash a clash between All Pakistan Muttahida Students Organisation and Islami
Jamiat-e-Talaba left a student each of both parties injured. Later, the injured
students were shifted to the hospital.
In the aftermath of violence, the
educational activities were disturbed badly and students had to leave the
varsity premises earlier.
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KU welcomes Dr Chishti's release
Karachi: The postgraduate committee of
University of Karachi (KU) for MPhil, PhD, MS, and MA degree programmes held a
meeting on Sunday to hail the release of Prof Dr Khalil Chishti from Indian
The meeting was presided over by Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi. Deans
of all faculties, and all institutes, and departments in-charges attended the
meeting and discussed the issue of postgraduate admission programme and
appreciated the initiative of Indian Supreme Court to release Dr Chishti from
Ajmer jail, besides this they also appreciated the effort of President Asif Ali
Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh in this regard.
committee also appreciated the services of social organisations, students,
teachers, and Pakistan Society for Microbiology for the release of Dr Chishti.
On the occasion, Kazmi said that the day of replacement was day of happiness for
all of us owing to he was not only first Pakistani virologist and alumni of
first batch of Microbiology at KU, he also joined department as a teacher in
1972. She requested, on behalf of all Pakistanis, to the Indian government to
grant early release to Chishti.
Meanwhile, the committee decided that the
students waiting for their final results were also eligible to apply for
admission to MPhil/PhD programme, 2012. Daily times
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IBA inks MoU with ISB India to provide executive education
Karachi: The Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi took a winning
leap as it inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian School of
Business (ISB) to provide Executive Education in Pakistan.
The MoU was
signed by Dr Ishrat Husain, Dean and Director, IBA, Karachi and Deepak Chandra,
Deputy Dean, ISB at the ISB campus, Hyderabad, India on April 13.
collaboration brings together IBA (the oldest business school outside North
America) and ISB's Centre for Executive Education (CEE), one of the largest
executive education providers in Asia, to offer open and custom-designed courses
for the senior management seeking swift career growth in the country.
ISB is recently ranked 12th among the top Global Business Schools and is
the only school in South Asia which has won the prestigious Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation. This alliance is
considered a major milestone in IBA's journey to be ranked among the top100
business schools in the world.
Chandra, while addressing a press
conference, announced that IBA Karachi is the first business school in emerging
countries with which ISB has entered into a partnership. He said, "We are
delighted to associate with the IBA (Karachi) to provide executive education
programmes. This marks the beginning of a new chapter in the history of two
distinguished business schools in the region. The IBA and ISB are equally
dedicated to develop and enhance business leadership through innovative world
class programmes in management."
Chandra further added, "We are confident
that this partnership will help generate tremendous opportunities for
cross-collaboration between the two schools and sets the tone for many more
future associations aimed at nurturing business leaders and entrepreneurs who
would contribute to the growth of business and industry in
Expressing his pleasure, Dr Husain shared, "I am delighted to
be here at Hyderabad to sign this MoU with one of the top ranking global
business schools- the ISB. This start is on a modest scale but we will build up
our relations over time as each one of the two institutions gets to know the
other. As a long time advocate and firm believer in friendly relations between
the two neighborly countries for peace and prosperity of our people this event
represents a turning point."
Foreseeing the future, Dr Husain said, "This
collaboration between IBA and ISB is just the foundation of a long-term broad
based relationship in which the two institutions will pool resources for
curriculum review, faculty development, joint research & case studies,
students & faculty exchange and much more in future."
He hoped that
the two institutions would make further strides in the future that would add
value to students, faculty and corporate sectors in the two countries.pr
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SSUET awards gold medals to researchers
Karachi: ZA Nizami, vice chancellor of the Sir Syed University of Engineering and
Technology, presented on Sunday gold medals to people for their contribution in
the field of research and education. The first gold medal was awarded to Prof Dr
Hakim Aaqil in recognition of his work in the IT sector, whereas the second
medal was handed over to Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, the vice chancellor of Karachi
University for his mammoth contribution to research. While one of the youngest
and brightest scientists of the country, Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhry,
clinched the third gold medal for his invaluable services in research
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Nazeer Hussain University opens with vow to provide quality education
Karachi: Professional education is the sine qua non for the survival and progress of
Pakistan and full attention will have to be given to the education along with
defence for the national security.
These views were expressed by Tariq Mir at the inaugural function of Nazeer
Hussain University (NHU) in Karachi on Friday, according to a press release.
Mir is the president of the NHU and founder and managing trustee of the
Society for Unwell and Needy (SUN), an international welfare organisation.
Mir said that lack of proper education and ignorance was incongruous with the
21st century. He said that the NHU would prove to be a milestone in the progress
and advancement of the country.
He said it was unfortunate that the Pakistani universities were not at par
with international standards. He said that the NHU would not only compete with
the international universities in high standards but it would equip the students
for better employment.
Speaking about the programmes being offered by the university, Mir said that
initially admissions would be given in the faculties of engineering,
architecture and business administration. He said that the faculty of medicine
would also start functioning soon.
He said that highly qualified teachers living outside the country would also
participate in the process of teaching through video conferencing.
The admission process would start in August 2012 and initially 1,000 students
would be admitted. The university, spreading on an area of 15 acres, has future
expansion plans to accommodate 5,000 students in various faculties.
Mir said that hostel and sports facilities would also be provided to the
Deputy conveners of the Coordination Committee of the MQM, Dr Muhammad Farooq
Sattar, Anis Ahmed Qaimkhani, Nasreen Jalil, Dr Nusrat Shoukat, other members of
the committee, MNAs, MPAs and senators were also present on the occasion.
Syed Mustafa Kamal, member of the Coordination Committee, vice chancellor of
Muhammad Ali Jinnah University Dr Abdul Wahab, former British Justice Minister Shahid Malik,
Nasir Gulzar also spoke.
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Educational trust celebrates 30 years of imparting education
Karachi: The Shahwilayat Educational Trust is celebrating 30 years of offering
dedicated and selfless services in the field of education. They had set up a
state-of-the-art school 30 years back, the Shahwilayat Public School, in Federal
B Area, Karachi, to prove their mettle in the field of education.
Built in a middle-income area to provide quality education at a minimum
possible cost, the Shahwilayat Public School is now considered the best school
in District Central.
The ceremony will begin at 7.30pm on Sunday, April 15, with a brief rundown
on the Trust's efforts in building and running the school over the years, and
the Shahwilayat Public School's achievements in a span of 30 years, followed by
a documentary and then an announcement of the launching of the Trust's second
project i.e. the setting up of a second campus of the Shahwilayat Public school
in Scheme 33, Karachi. There will also be an unveiling of the plaque etched with
the name of Sharfuddin Shahwilayat, the great sufi saint. The Trust and the
school are named after his name.
The chief guest of the ceremony will be Senator Mustafa Kamal, former mayor
The Trust has conceived these projects after much deliberation over the fact
that true social uplift and development of the Pakistani masses is only possible
through education. Currently, the Shahwilayat Public School is imparting
education to a total of 1,800 students right from kindergarten to Matric and
O'levels sections. It continues to run on a no-profit no-loss basis.
The second project of the school in Scheme 33 aims to provide a wholesome
learning environment in a building that will be designed on modern lines. The
land for the school premises has been purchased and the architectural drawings
and design of the school have been prepared. Though the kindergarten, primary,
and middle school will be separate, they will be interconnected to bring about
homogeneity in the learning environment. The new school is a huge project for
which the estimated cost is Rs400,000,000.
At present there is no good school in the Scheme 33 area. It urgently needs a
high quality school that imparts education at a minimum possible cost. The Trust
has successfully run a good school in Federal B Area, and now it aims to
replicate the experience by building another school in Scheme 33 with high
academic standards. This will also lead to the socio-economic uplift of the
entire locality, a goal that the Shahwilayat Educational Trust keeps very close
to the heart.
The ceremony will commence at the Shahwilayat Public School, St.8, Federal B
Area, at 7.30pm sharp and will be followed by dinner. The news
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Negligence of edu dept ruins one academic year of 18 students
Karachi: Negligence of education
department has ruined an entire educational year of around 18 college
A few months ago, Government Degree Girls College,
Gulistan-e-Jauhar invited applications for admissions in degree classes, but
strangely only after four months, the college administration cancelled all the
admissions in the pretext of an issue of affiliation with the University of
Karachi (KU) over degree programme issue.
As per details, present college
principal Nilofer Shah had gotten 'No Objection Certificate' (NOC) from DG
Colleges on Dec 30, 2011 for applying affiliation of BA programme and submitted
the application with NOC in office of KU Deputy Registrar Academic office on Jan
16, 2012 for approval.
In response on February 3, 2012, KU affiliation
team, comprising 17 members with experts of subjects, inspected the college. KU
affiliation committee posted their survey report to the college after a
prolonged period of two months on April 3, 2012 and declared educational process
as dissatisfactory, raised concerns, while focusing on library and faculty. They
directed the principal to fulfill the requirements within three months so that
college could be affiliated for BA programme. According to report, teachers of
Urdu, English and Political Science were not satisfied to teach students of
College principal did not inform DG Colleges about the
response of KU and cancelled all the admissions of BA and directed their college
accountant to refund fees to the students, which was submitted at the time of
admission. The dilemma, that raised here was that all those girls took admission
in the college, have lost their chance to take admission in other colleges and
instead of resolving their issue, the college administration was offering
students to take admission as a private candidate.
college principal said that DG Colleges allowed them to issue the admissions
before affiliation, but they did not have any written permission on demand. She
said, "DG Colleges granted us admission permission verbally."
DG Colleges Nasirul Ansar, in this regard, he said, "We issued NOC but principal
did not inform us about the response of KU." He stated that he did not know how
college issued admissions before decision of KU affiliation committee and
principal should inform them about the response so that they could fulfill
requirements demanded from KU. He further informed that principal did not have
right to cancel admission of students and he strongly condemned it. He added
that he would contact with principal on Monday and would inquire the
Affected students and their parents said that it was big blunder of college and now they were providing us forms of
private instead of transferring their children in any other college and they
were unable to get admission in any other college because admission dates were
Another aspect that came to know was that the
Government Degree Girls College, Gulistan-e-Jauhar was the first ever degree
college in the history, which was not eligible to run degree classes and due to
negligence of college principal, college was still illegible to run degree level
programme once again and DG Colleges did not take any kind of notice of the
issue. Daily times
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Exam centre changed over corruption charges
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) on Sunday announced that one
of the examination centres for the ongoing annual exams of the Secondary School
Certificate (SSC) has been changed on the charges of corruption.
Controller of Examinations Rafia Mallah said that the board had
received a complaint from a student who was giving her paper at the Global
Educational Secondary School, near Bismillah Chowk, Orangi Town No 10, that the
centre superintendent was demanding an amount of money from each student and in
return allowing them to use unfair means while solving the paper.
The management of the school was found guilty of providing materials for
cheating to the students and the invigilators were too young for their jobs, she
said. "The visiting team of the BSEK observed a lot of irregularities during
their visit and decided to change the examination centre with immediate effect,"
Now the students of the school would appear at the Government Girls Secondary
School, New Happy Garden, located in Bismillah Colony, Orangi Town 10, she
added. According to her, the BSEK has sent official complaint against the school
and its management to the departments concerned. The news
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