HEC facing huge number of Academic frauds
ISLAMABAD, April 18(Dawn): The Higher Education Commission (HEC) is finding it
difficult in dealing with an "unprecedented" increase in the number of
complaints, it is receiving against plagiarists, an official said.
At present, over 10 government-run higher education institutions of
the country are in the grip of investigations, initiated by the HEC, against
teachers allegedly involved in cheating of research work done by scholars
elsewhere in the world.
"With every passing day, the number of e-mails we
are receiving about the teachers who have copied other's research work is on the
rise and (this has) created a crisis like situation at the HEC," the official
However, the HEC was actively forwarding these applications to the
Given the fact that two universities -the
Government College University and the Islamic International University (IIU)-
had sacked teachers found guilty of plagiarism, teachers were providing
information about their colleagues along with their research work based on
cheating, the official said.
In response to a question, the official
claimed that the HEC had stepped up its efforts to effectively curb the trend of
plagiarism, which in the preceding months had challenged the HEC's monitoring
The HEC had already set up a separate department to deal with
the issue of plagiarism, and increased the number of Quality Enhancement Cells
(QECs) from the existing 10 to 30.
The HEC has a zero-tolerance policy
towards plagiarism, and recommends the punishment of "removal from service" for
those found guilty of plagiarism.
To another question, the official
accepted that although it was each varsity's internal affair, however, under its
ordinance, the HEC had the responsibility of maintaining the standard of
education throughout the country. The HEC is also a degree- recognizing
authority and if satisfied, has the power to cancel a degree in any given
Currently, the HEC is in confrontation with the Punjab University
because the varsity's syndicate had recommended only mild punishments for the
its five faculty members involved in plagiarism.
The HEC had stopped all
kinds of funding to the PU, and in reaction, the varsity had approached the
Council of Common Interest (CCI) against the freeze on its funding.