Karachi University removed teacher on plagiarism charges
KU defends decision to remove teacher
Karachi, Aug 10: The University of Karachi defended its decision of removing a
cooperative teacher on charges of plagiarism in a hearing held at the provincial
ombudsman office by its regional director, Karachi (east), on Saturday.
KU registrar Prof Dr Raees Alvi and vice-chancellor's adviser Dr
Fahimuddin represented the university before retired Colonel Ghulam Muhiuddin,
the regional director of the provincial ombudsman.
proceedings, the KU representatives conceded that no show-cause notice was
issued in writing or verbally to the complainant, Dr Zakia Bibi, to enable her
to clarify her position on the matter.
The KU officials maintained that
the administration could take action against any teacher on charges of
misconduct under the University Act. Though the institution had not formulated
or adopted any policy on plagiarism to date, the matter was still being worked
out in light of the Higher Education Commission's policy.
they argued, served as guidelines on plagiarism and was not binding on the
Upon this, the ombudsman's director observed that the HEC
policy on plagiarism was very clear on the subject, as all articles published
before Sept 27, 2007 were not to be considered for plagiarism and this rule was
being strictly followed in all public sector universities. The research paper in
question was published before the said date, he said.
authorities, it seems, punished Dr Zakia Bibi with mala fide intentions," he
Dr Zakia Bibi, a cooperative teacher at the KU's chemistry
department, was removed from service on charges of plagiarism over two months
ago. Three other teachers, who were regular employees of the university, were
suspended and a judicial inquiry is proceeding against them.
removal, Dr Zakia Bibi approached the ombudsman's office, whose jurisdiction on
the matter was challenged by the university in the Sindh High Court. The court
dismissed KU's petition and accepted the stand of the ombudsman's office that it
had the authority to hear matters related to maladministration. Dawn
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Committee recommends sealing of YMSS head office
Karachi: The committee constituted to probe the Yaqeen Model School
System (YMSS) matter has recommended that the head office of YMSS be sealed and
all the bank transactions between YMSS and building owners be checked in order
to verify the allegations levelled by the building owners.
government should arrest people currently working, or who had worked, in the top
positions at YMSS to probe the matter and fix responsibility. Besides this,
administrators should be given control of each campus of the schooling system so
that students and teachers do not suffer anymore.
Teachers and parents
had suggested that it was the best available option to handle the matter. It was
also endorsed by the Chairman Private Schools Management Associations,
Sharaf-uz-Zaman, who is also a part of the committee.
were made after teachers and parents came to know that some building owners of
YMSS campuses were trying to take over the control of the schooling system at
different campuses on their own. Some of the campuses are now under the control
of new management and had removed the signboards of YMSS.
It has been learnt that various landlords were trying to run the education system under new
names and almost six schools have been re-named illegally and without any
The owners of several buildings claimed that they were not
paid the rent for the last five to six months and now they would run the school
on their own to meet the expenses of building(s) and other expenditures.
Sharaf-uz-Zaman said that taking notice of YMSS affairs, the
education minister had formed a committee to find out the facts. "A report of
more than 100 pages was submitted on Saturday to the authority concerned," he
said, adding: "Our first priority is to save students' educational year as well
as teachers' careers".
At least 60 per cent of the students were being
brought back to the educational network and complaints from 150 teachers and 50
non-teaching staff were received by the committee, he added.
Sharaf-uz-Zaman disclosed that YMSS had paid Rs 1.8 million to
Employees' Old-age Benefits Institution (EOBI), Rs 1 million to Sindh Employees
Social Security Institution and a huge amount in lieu of other taxes and
building rents. "They collect more or less Rs10 million per month and no
security fee and admission fees is included in it," he said.
"It was a
profitable business for the government and if the government responds well then
they would still earn good money from this schooling system," he said, adding:
"Mufti Din Muhammad was found shifting school properties to his personal
building, while some office-bearers deployed at the head office have stolen
electronic equipment and furniture from the campuses and sold it outside at
The committee also found that Rs0.54 million were
deposited in a local bank and the same were collected from students in lieu of
security deposit at one campus only.
Teachers and parents have also
requested the government to verify the agreement deal between YMSS and building
owners and confirm how much tax these owners were paying for their buildings.
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Class IX (gen) results today
Karachi: The Board of Secondary Education Karachi has announced that the
results of SSC part-I (Class IX) general group annual examination 2009 will be
declared on Monday (August 10). App
"result for general group my roll no is 254239."
Name: sidra akram
City, Country: karachi
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Two employees of education dept suspended
Karachi: As many as two employees of the Sindh Education
Department were suspended and are facing corruption cases. Assistant District
Officer (ADO) Lyari, Lutufullah Khoso, who was serving in Grade 18 at Khankashan
Lower Secondary School, Lyari, was suspended by the District Coordination
Officer (DCO), Karachi, Javed Hanif. In another case, Ghulam Rasool Bhutto has
been suspended by Secretary Education, Rizwan Memon and a notification number
SO(S-II) 6-443/09 on August 8, 2009, had been issued in this regard. Bhutto was
working in Grade 16, DO Elementary (Male), as an Account Officer. He joined the
office on detailment from Larkana and at that time, he was at Grade 11 only.
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Breaking new grounds in research and education
Karachi: Proud of their Faculty of Education, Dr Wasim Qazi Executive
Director of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Campus, Iqra University (IU) explained that IU has
one of the best educational standards that too at affordable rates, compared to
other big names.
"We have seven full time faculty members who have PhD
degrees in Education. No other university can claim that honour,' said Dr Wasim
Qazi. Dr Qazi, who is also a Professor of Education in
the university, is adamant that his university was doing better than another
more reputed private university in the city, in the field of Education. "We are
producing one of the best graduates in education and we charge only one hundred
thousand rupees compared to the other university that charges 2.3 million rupees
for the same programme – Masters in Education (M.Ed.)."
It may be of
some interest to note that the Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Dr Ismail Saad
was the father of Department of Education in Karachi, as he was first to obtain
a PhD in Education from George Peabody College of Teachers Nashville, Tennessee,
USA and established the Department of Education in the University of Karachi
(KU) in the sixties.
Dr Khalid Jamil Rawat, another Professor at the IU
who has his interest in research added that "We conduct the research in two
paradigms. The first one is Logical Positivist for quantitative method and the
second one is Naturalistic Enquiries that include Qualitative research with
Phenomenology, Grounded Theory, Ethnography and Hermeneutics. "I can tell you
with certainty, that these methods are not used in any university of Pakistan
except for some tidbits at a private university in Gulshan-e-Iqbal", he said
Dr Rawat is happy with his university for the depth they
are providing to their M.Phil and PhD researchers. "We adopt a sort of 'assembly
line' approach for the research. We test the aptitude of the student who submits
his or her proposal for research. One has to complete the M.Phil and then go on
for the PhD degrees. We believe in quality and do not go for the quantity in
order to claim that we are producing PhDs in such a large number," added
"The IU makes it imperative that the research papers of the
teachers and students are published in the Higher Education Commission (HEC) –
approved journals. Again we are seeking research in the real sense and encourage
our faculty and students to produce genuine research and on no account get
involved in plagiarism. We have zero tolerance for it. We are in the process of
launching our own International journal on Education and hopefully we would be
able to do it in a short time.
We have provided decent library for our
students and enabled them to log in to the HEC Digital Library that has more
than 40,000 books. IU has made inroads towards teachers' Education and training
and has been able to get assignments from private and public sectors.
The Bureau of Curriculum and Extension Wing, Department of Education and
Literacy, Government of Sindh has awarded a project to the university to
initiate Masters Courses for teachers. The Project boasts of 53.35 million
rupees and the duration for the project is three years. The Project included
M.Ed (Two Years Programme) for 16 teachers and Educational Administrators
working in the public sector. 14 candidates have already completed the degree
The Project also includes training of 15 teachers and
Educational Administrators for MS in IT. This course will be completed by the
end of December 2009. Four Months Certificate Course in Educational Management
and M.Phil Leading to PhD Programmes in Education are the other components of
the project. A total of 37 students have completed their M.Phil degrees and 35
are now registered for the PhD research. The news
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