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FBISE Chairperson involved in plagiarism
Islamabad, Aug 08: Minister of Professional and Technical Training (PTT) Sheikh Waqas Akram was shocked, when during a meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee, evidence was showed to him that his ministry's ancillary department's chairperson was involved in plagiarism.

On the other hand, chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC) Dr Javed Leghari also confirmed that Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) Chairperson Dr Shaheen Khan was involved in plagiarism and HEC has withdrawn her recognition of PhD degree.

Sheikh Waqas Akram assured the committee chairman Sheikh Rohail Asghar that he will look into it and submit a report in the next
meeting, an eye witness said.

Meeting of the standing committee was held at Parliament House in which parliament members Rubina Saadat Qaimkhani, Surriya Asghar, Qudsia Arshad, Tasneem Siddiqui, Sheikh Salahuddin, Sufyan Yousaf, Noorul Haq Qadri and others participated.

According to documents available with Dawn in 2010, Shaheen Khan's case in the light of plagiarism policy was sent to the department of Political Science, University of Karachi. As per policy, the case was to be concluded within 90 days, but even after a year, the university did not reply.

Therefore, HEC's committee on plagiarism (PSC) took up the case. The meeting of the PSC was held on October 26, 2011; and was participated by Prof Iqrar Ahmed Khan (Chairman University of Agriculture, Faisalabad), Prof Shariful Mujahid (Karachi University), Prof Tahir Amin (Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad), Director-General Quality Assurance (QA) HEC Zia Batool and Deputy Director QA Muneer Ahmed.

After discussion, members of the committee reached a conclusion that it was a blatant case of plagiarism and Ms Khan had copied her thesis from the ECO guidebook, which was against the research ethics and violation of rules of HEC. Due to which HEC decided to withdraw the PhD degree awarded to Ms Khan.

Member of the standing committee and leader of Pakistan Muslim League-N Naseem Siddiqui said that Shaheen Khan was involved in plagiarism but still she is chairperson of FBISE under which hundreds of thousands of students take part in exams and they are advised not to be involved in plagiarism.

"Shaheen was also involved in corruption due to which she remained suspended for three years but later she was appointed as chairperson FBISE. After completion of three years, tenure of deputation was extended for another two years," she said.

"Being chairperson of FBISE, Shaheen Khan transferred all funds from National Bank to Silk Bank. Besides, she also spent Rs950 million on employees, in a non-registered housing society," Naseem alleged.

Shaheen Khan said that Naseem Siddiqui was jealous of her position and was trying to defame her.

"I have solved all the issues of FBISE and if anyone has any complaint against me, he should contact the court. I will prove myself innocent," she said.

HEC Chairman Dr Javed Leghari said according to the policy of HEC, in case of any complaint regarding plagiarism, if a university does not reply within 90 days, the case is closed and considered correct.

The committee's chairman, Sheikh Rohail Asghar, said he received the evidence which he handed over to the relevant minister for inquiry.

Earlier, while talking to the committee members, Dr Leghari said there are only six countries in the world, who spend less than Pakistan on education. The government has stopped the funds for education due to which universities have no choice but to borrow. Dawn

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Punjab government introduces 'Green Cards' scheme for students
Lahore: The Punjab government has introduced 'Green Cards' for all male and female students for subsidised travel in compressed natural gas (CNG) buses throughout the province, including twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Punjab Chief Minister Mian Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has fixed Rs10 fare for students.

Boys and girls studying in both government and private academic institutions could get forms from the Punjab government website for getting 'Green Cards'. The Punjab government would launch a separate website for this purpose in a couple of days.

District Regional Transport Authority (DRTA) Secretary Syed Asad Raza Kazmi said that they would issue 'Green Cards' for providing subsidised travel to students for Rs10. He said that initially students could get the facility only in CNG buses. "We are negotiating with different transport companies to ply more than 100 CNG buses on different routes of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad," he said.

He said that 16 CNG buses were already plying between Raja Bazaar and Gujar Khan. "Commuters will see CNG buses on different routes soon, including Chungi No. 22-Markaz G-9, Saddar-Pakistan Secretariat, Raja Bazaar-Barri Imam Shrine and Golra-Soan," he said.

Students of government and private educational institutions lauded the Punjab government's move and said that they were facing financial burden due to high transport fares.

Shah Nawaz Khan, a second year student, said that they get Rs60-80 or sometimes Rs100 every day from parents. "Half of this money is spent on transport fares because fares are very high," he said. He appreciated the 'Green Card' scheme for students in which poor students could get maximum relief in transport fares. The news

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UoG declares BA, BSc results
Gujrat: The University of Gujrat (UoG) has declared BA, BSc and BCom results of annual 2012 examinations. All top positions were fetched by women candidates.

In BSc, Aqsa Noureen of Ibn-e-Imam College of Jalalpur Jattan stood first with 678 marks followed by Beenish Khadim of Peace College of Rawalpindi second with 630 marks and Aisha Ashraf of Fatima Jinnah College third with 625 marks. Overall 57.24 per cent of the candidates passed.

In BA, Sidra Rafeeq topped the UoG with 606 marks, whereas Muqadas Zaka stood second with 590 marks and Farzan Kausar stood third with 589 marks. Up to 40.38 per cent of the candidates passed.

In BCom, Tehreem Anees of the Indus College of Commerce, Rawalpindi, topped the UoG obtaining 1,147 marks followed by Aisha Siddiq of the Indus College of Commerce, Rawalpindi, and Javairia Rasheed of Ibn-i-Imam Science College, Jalalpur Jattan, stood second and third.

Up to 27.29 per cent of the candidates passed.

The result can also be viewed at UOG website (uog.edu.pk).

Last date for submission of supplementary forms can be submitted by August 17. Dawn

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