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KU anti-plagiarism rules & university statutes

KU statutes to cover anti-plagiarism
Karachi, Aug 31: The Karachi University syndicate has decided to review the suggestion made by retired Justice Nadeem Azhar Siddiqui in his report that the university needs to make anti-plagiarism rules part of its statutes instead of enacting a new policy.

The decision was taken at the syndicate meeting held under the chairmanship of KU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim on Saturday.

Sources said that Mr Siddiqui, a syndicate member, who had been given a draft policy on plagiarism some time ago and was asked for comments suggested in his report that anti-plagiarism rules be made part of the university statutes. Since the university was penalising its employees for plagiarism, it was necessary that the subject should be made part of its statutes instead of enacting a new policy, he recommended.

The sources added that the syndicate would now develop the proposal according to the statutes.

It may be mentioned here that a judicial inquiry is under way against three university teachers on charges of plagiarism while a cooperative teacher, Dr Zakia Bibi, has already been removed from service on the same allegation. The meeting did not consider the application of Dr Zakia Bibi on the grounds that a review of her application might affect the ongoing inquiry against the three teachers.

The syndicate also approved the forced retirement of Kamran Khan, a lecturer in the geography department, on charges of severe misconduct. The decision was taken on the recommendation of an internal inquiry report which was endorsed by retired Justice Nadeem Azhar Siddiqui.

The meeting, meanwhile, approved some appointments recommended by the selection board. But it did not approve the appointment of associate professor Rafia Taj as the chairperson of the mass communication department despite the fact that a notification about her appointment had already been issued.

The syndicate members contended that Ms Taj was the fifth senior professor in the department and the position of the chairperson should be first offered to those who were senior to her. It is worth mentioning that the department has three PhD professors while Ms Taj is not a PhD. Dawn

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"I would like to point out that i am a student of Mass Communication and i was just googling my chairprseon Dr.Rafia Tajs name when i came across this report i would like to point out that at the time of the syndicate her title was not Ms. But Dr. as she had already done her PhD and would further like to clarify that she wasnt fifth but third senior in the department and the two other seniors namely Dr.Tahir Masood and Dr. Mehmood Ghaznavi had already completed thier tenure as chairpersons so Dr.Rafias name was next i condemn this mistake this sort of unresearched and unreliable news is what misleads the society and creates useless tension depression and anxiety amongst its members"
Name: Umaima
Email: umaimaahmed@live.com
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

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Archaeology dept head of SALU removed
Khairpur: The syndicate of the Shah Abdul Latif University removed Dr Ghulam Mustafa Shar from the chairmanship of Archaeology department and temporarily appointed Dr Qasid Mallah in his place.

A meeting of the syndicate also recommended that Dr Mustafa Shar might be asked to resign or suspended and an impartial inquiry be conducted against him.

A tussle between the Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Nilofar Shaikh and Dr Shar had been going on since the excavation of an archaeological site identified as Lakhian Jo Daro near Sukkur. Both the professors have been claiming credit fort the discovery of the site.

The syndicate also approved a budget of Rs675.745 million for 2009-10 and recommended that it be presented at the next meeting of the university's senate.

Names for chairmen of various departments of the university were also announced.

Professor Dr Qurban Bhatti was appointed chairman of Physics department, Professor Dr Mohammad Hassan Khaskheli for bio-chemistry, Dr Abdul Kareem Adal Soomro for Sindhi, Professor Dr Yasmin Qazi for Micro-biology, Professor Dr Lal Chand for Mathematics, Professor Dr Noor Jehan Ismaili for Botany, Professor Dr Yousuf Khushik for Urdu, Professor Dr Vinod Kumar for Chemistry and Professor Dr Imdad Sahito for Pakistan Studies for a term of three years.

Proff Dr Shah Mohammad Luhrani was appointed member of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Larkana, in place of Professor Dr Ghulam Sarwar Markhand. Dawn


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Students demo against self-finance scheme
Karachi: A large number of students staged a protest demonstration against Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA) policies, under the banner of Islami Jamiat Talba (IJT) outside the Karachi Press Club on Saturday.

The protestors were carrying placards and banner and chanting slogans against STEVTA that its anti-education policies, terming them not acceptable.

Addressing the demonstration the speakers said self finance scheme in educational institutes would further strengthen class-based system because incompetent student get admission by purchasing the seat while an intelligent student could not get admission due to lack of money.

They demanded to end the self finance scheme a soon as possible and promote merit culture. They further said STEVTA has fixed the age limit of 25 to 35 for taking admission in evening classes in its new admission policy and cut the number of seats in morning. They termed these measures conspiracy to deprive competent student from getting admission in technical education institutions.

They said the students have to buy separate prospectus for morning and evening shifts and they are facing difficulties to get information about admission forms due to non provision of adequate information by STEVTA.

They also demanded of government to increase 50 percent in merit seats in technical institutions and to end age limit restriction in evening shifts. Ppi

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"It has been come into know that per policy of the STEVTA for the academic Session 2009-10, all the students who have passed their pre-entry admission test, they are eligible for getting admission, accept to this who will fulfill the required documents."
Name: AFZAL SOOMRO
Email: bizniz_earth@yahoo.com
City, Country: Karachi, Pakistan

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