Peshawar University VC rejected plagiarism
Pressure group behind mudslinging, says UoP VC
Peshawar, Aug 29: Speaking out for
the first time since he was accused of plagiarism, Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Peshawar Prof Dr Azmat Hayat Khan Sunday rejected the allegations
against him as baseless. A pressure group in the university is politicising the
issue for its personal gains, he said in an exclusive
ìThe plagiarism issue against me has been politicised and is
backed by a pressure group from top to bottom. No one wants to hear our voice,
unfortunately not even the media. Some of the media persons contact us only to
provide a legal cover to their stories. After filing their stories, they seek
our comments to put them in the second last para of their news story. This is
the reason I often refuse to comment on the matter,î he maintained.
said that the case was in the court and he could not comment much about it.
ìHowever, I have challenged the jurisdiction of the Higher Education Commission.
The letter of the HEC was written on malafide intention to the Khyber Pakhunkhwa
governor in May 2011,î he argued.
The HEC in its letter to the governor
has suggested action against the vice-chancellor. Dr Azmat Hayat said the letter
was no surprise for him because the HEC had already decided imposition of
penalty without formal inquiry into the issue, showing malafide on its
He said that the HEC did not provide an opportunity to the author
to justify the originality of his concept, which is a clear violation of its own
plagiarism policy. ìLet me make it clear that the inquiry committee was
constituted in late July while the decision was made in May 2011,î he pointed
The Vice-Chancellor said that he had done his PhD in 1990 on the
Durand Line and his thesis were challenged after 21 years, which was
self-explanatory of the malafide intent behind the issue.
He said that
the Indian Office Library was the primary source of files for him. ìIf you see
my book you will come to know that I have quoted the original sources of
information which is the same that Mst Kulwant Kaur has done. I mean both the
authors have quoted original sources with different citations,î he
ìIn my book on several occasions I have mentioned in the
footnotes that for further details see Kulwant Kaur's book, Pak Afghan
Relations. Now if I wanted to steal somebody's work, I would not have referred
to his or her book,î he added.
Regarding the letters of a faculty member
of the university to various quarters accusing him of giving life threats to him
and his family members, Dr Azmat Hayat said he was an academician and believed
in the sanctity of pen and book. ìAlso, I belong to a well-reputed family of
Peshawar. People know me and my family very well. I cannot even think about such
mean practices,î he stated.
ìWe conducted an independent inquiry in light
of the complaints. Even my statements were recorded. Every time it was proved
that the complaints held no ground,î he maintained. "The matter was the other
way round. University officials have reported several times that the said
faculty member has threatened and manhandled them," he explained.
August 23, he used the worst abusive language in front of my office and
threatened to kill two officers of the university,î the Vice-Chancellor alleged.
Asked as what action the university had taken against the said faculy member
against him, Dr Azmat Hayat said the university administration had informed the
chancellor about the incident. The previous inquiries in his case have also been
reported to the chancellor, he added.
The vice-chancellor recalled that
the campaign against him started in February last when a faculty member of the
Law College violated the strict rulers of the Governor's House about zero
tolerance with regard to political activities at the campus. "The teacher led a
procession of students and delivered a highly objectionable and threatening
speech. The university administration served show cause notice on the said
teacher on February 17, wherein he was directed to explain his position. The
faculty member in reply adopted the policy of antagonism. He has been backed by
a group of teachers of the university," the vice-chancellor
ìMembers of the same group came to me and asked me to withdraw the
action against the faculty member and accept their two or three more demands
otherwise they would launch a campaign against me. My reply was simple that what
I have done was in compliance of the directives of the chancellor. You can go
ahead with whatever you want,î Azmat Hayat said.
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UET engineer prepares electronic water purifier
Peshawar: University of
Engineering & Technology (UET) Peshawar in collaboration with Breast and
Children Cancer Institute (BCCI) Welfare Society has prepared an electronic
water purifier of international standard, which can guarantee 100 per cent
purification of water.
The electronic water purifier (Cure-0111) was
prepared with joint efforts of Breast and Children Cancer Institute Welfare
Society and University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Peshawar.
this connection a function was held in the central office of BCCI at Sikandar
Town. The function beside the manufacturer Engineer Noor Rehman of the UET was
attended by students of different universities, colleges and teachers, health
experts, representatives of the Environmental Protection Agent (EPA) and people
belonging to different walks of life.
Chairman BCCI and former Director,
IRNUM Hospital Peshawar Professor Dr Gul Rehman briefed the participants
regarding the benefits of the instrument. He said that according to surveys of
international agencies water of the flood-affected districts of Charsadda,
Nowshera and Peshawar was injurious to health.
The instrument, he said
has the capacity of purifying 300 to 500 litres of water daily. The use of the
Cure-0111 could help minimise environmental pollution in surgical rooms of
hospitals, operation-theatre, maternity homes, schools, colleges and other
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Bogus appointments in Nowshera Education Department nullified
Nowshera: A scam involving withdrawal of salaries on bogus appointments has been unearthed in the Education
Department in Nowshera district.
An official of the Anti-Corruption
department, Qazi Aslam said that a first information report (FIR) had
been registered against the District Accounts Officer Habibur Rehman, Assistant
Accounts Officer Sabz Ali, Auditor Mubarak Shah, Deputy District Education
Officer Naseem Akhtar, Accountant Education Department Lal Badshah and two
teachers Niaz Perveen and Saima Begum, who were appointed on forged
He said the corrupt elements in the Education Department, with
the support of officials of the District Account Office, withdrew salaries on
bogus appointment orders.
The official said that on the directives of the
Director Anti-Corruption Nisar Tanoli, investigation had been started into the
He said former executive district officer Hassanat Gul and former
district education officer Anhanuddin challenged their signatures on the
appointment letters.Both the officers said signatures on the letters were fake,
claiming that they had not signed these documents.
officer said that Anhanuddin retired on October 10, 2010 while the salaries had
been withdrawn on November 8, 2010. Also, the official was in Saudi Arabia for
performing Hajj during that period.
Qazi Aslam said the district accounts
officer had the samples of the signatures of DEOs and that of Anhanuddin too. He
said the district accounts officer also knew that Anhanuddin had retired from
service at the time of releasing salaries.
He said that considering the
above facts, the release of salaries to the teachers was illegal and that the
officials had been involved in the crime. To a question about the inclusion of
Naseem Akhtar in the FIR, he said that she expressed her ignorance about the
appointments. He added that she had visited the Government Girls Middle School,
Hisar Tang on December 15, 2010 and written a note on the register of the school
that Saima Begum had not been employed at the school as
Investigation Officer Qazi Aslam said that further
investigations were underway in the Education Department and all the corrupt
elements in the department would be brought to justice. The news
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