MA exams schedule | KU plagiarism plague
Karachi University announced MA (previous and final) exams schedule
Karachi, Feb 12: The examination department of University of Karachi on
Wednesday announced that the MA (previous and final) external and regular
annual examination 2008 would begin from May 25.
Meanwhile, the KU
also notified that the examination forms and fee of LLB (final) supplementary
examination could be collected from Feb 12 to 13 (two days only) with a late fee
of Rs1,000 in addition to regular examination fee of Rs1,840.
supplementary examination 2008 of LLB (final) will start from Feb 17.
the candidates of law colleges affiliated with the Karachi University have been
directed to collect their admit cards and examination programme from their
respective colleges. Ppi
Indecent remarks about girl leads to clash between PSF and IJT
Karachi: Over eight students received minor injuries when members of two student
organisations, the Peoples Students Federation (PSF) and Islamia Jamiat Tuliba
(IJT), clashed at the Federal Urdu University for Arts, Science and Technology
According to eyewitnesses, some PSF activists allegedly passed
indecent remarks about a female student of the university and the IJT activists
stopped them. This led to a clash between the two organizations, in which both
party members freely used rods and pelted each other with stones, injuring a
total of eight.
Following the brawl, FUUAST Abdul Haq Campus echoed with
the noise of heavy aerial firing. A Mass Communication Department student told
this scribe that he was studying in his class when he heard the two
organizations clashing. After that, the whole campus echoed with firing that
harassed the students in the university.
However, the situation was
controlled when the university teachers interfered, compelling both sides to
settle their problems in a reconciliatory meeting.
The injured include
Bakhtiar, Muhammad Hashim, Waqar Ali, Abdul Sattar of IJT and Nadir Shah and
Farhan from PSF. According to Risala Police Station officials, an FIR has been
registered under Sections 147, 148, 149, 324, 337-A and 353 of the Pakistan
Penal Code against unknown culprits for firing in the university campus. The
officials said that the injured were shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical
Centre for treatment and added that no arrests were made over the incident. Daily Times
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Karachi University plagued by plagiarism
Karachi: Yet another case of plagiarism has been unearthed at the
University of Karachi (KU) concerning the PhDs of two students, Muhammad Anis
and Tabassum Ara, and the possible involvement of their supervisor, Dr Shahina
It has been learnt that Anis had accused Ara of copying his
published thesis, and registered a complaint with Dr Fayyaz. However, the
complaint went unheeded, and Ara went ahead and submitted her thesis to the
Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR).
Following this, Anis took
his complaint to the BASR, and appealed to them to look into the matter. To
review the case, the BASR formed a subcommittee comprising three professors from
the zoology and botany departments of the university and the then deans of
science and law faculties. The university already has a plagiarism committee to
deal with such issues, but for reasons unknown, it was not approached.
The case was studied over the course of four meetings, all of which were
attended by Dr Muhammad Qaiser, convener of the subcommittee, Professor Syed
Mamnoon Hasan, Dean Faculty of Science KU and now Vice-Chancellor (VC) FUASST,
Dr Nighat Yasmeen, then Chairperson, Zoology Department, Dr Sohail Barkati of
the Zoology Department, and Dr Javed Zaki of the Botany Department. To amass a
balanced set of facts, the committee called upon Anis, Ara and Dr Fayyaz to
supply their own versions of the events. Upon comparing both sets of works, the
committee found that many parts of Ara's thesis had in fact been lifted from
Anis's published papers without proper citation. The work had originally
appeared in the Pakistan Journal of Nematology, volume 18, pp. 11 ñ 27 (2000),
and was co-written by Dr Fayyaaz and Dr A.P. Reid of CABI Bioscience, UK Centre.
Anis had conducted part of the research for his paper in the Dr Reid's
As a result, Ara was found guilty of scientific fraud and the
manipulation of data, and asked to resubmit her thesis with the offending
sections removed. However, no action was taken against Dr Fayyaz, who as
supervisor of both students was also guilty of plagiarism after approving the
submission of Ara's thesis. Dr Fayyaz had no comment to make regarding her
decision to approve the plagiarised thesis.
"I do not think it is a big
deal," she said of Ara's thesis. "The university has not objected, and I don't
think it should matter."
Dr Fayyaz, who is also Director National
Nematological Research Centre (NNRC), was a grade-19 officer until she was
appointed a professor in the Botany Department and promoted to grade-21 earlier
The appointment, however, was not without controversy. The
selection of Dr Fayyaz was initially opposed by Dr Surayya Khatoon, Chairperson
Botany Department, on the grounds that Dr Fayyaz had not specialised in the
areas necessary to teach in the department. However, when a syndicate meeting
was held on December 6, 2008, Dr Khatoon's note of dissent was not presented,
and Dr Fayyaz's appointment was approved.
Not satisfied with the
proceedings, Dr Khatoon wrote to the Vice-Chancellor requesting him to restrain
the registrar office from issuing the appointment letter until the note of
dissent was presented at the following syndicate meeting, but Dr Fayyaz
officially joined the department on January 23 regardless. Since then, Dr
Khatoon has written to the registrar on many occasions expressing her dispute
with the appointment, but to no avail.
"Dr Fayyaz was selected on merit,
and despite the note of dissent from the chairperson, her appointment in the
department was not against university rules," said Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Dean
Faculty of Science, who stressed that she had no knowledge of any plagiarism in
"Since Dr Khatoon has not given her a teaching assignment, we
have decided to reinstate Dr Fayyaz as Director NNRC as a grade-21 officer.
However, she will continue to receive her salary from the Botany Department,"
added Dr Kazmi.
Dr Fayyaz, too, insists that her appointment was
"I have been selected because I was the senior-most
candidate in the list," she said.
This is not the only time a university
of note in the country has taken only mild action after being embroiled in a
case of plagiarism. Only recently, the administration at the Punjab University
was found unwilling to take strong action against scientists at the Punjab
University Centre for High Energy Physics. The scientists had been discovered
producing unoriginal work, and it was only when the then governor of Punjab,
also the Chancellor of the university, intervened that the individuals involved
had compulsory retirement imposed upon them. The News
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