Karachi University plagiarism case
Legal advice being sought in plagiarism case
Karachi, Jan 28: Karachi University's vice chancellor, Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim,
has said that the recently held syndicate has sought legal advice on the
plagiarism case of two retired teachers for any further action and asserted that
the university is not reluctant to pursue those involved in plagiarism cases.
The vice chancellor was referring to the plagiarism case of Prof Dr
Saeed Arayne, former chairman of KU's chemistry department, and Prof Dr Najma
Sultana, former dean of the pharmacy faculty and wife of Dr Arayne.
recently held syndicate meeting, the members reportedly did not take a stance on
the plagiarism case of these teachers on the grounds that they both had now
The syndicate, however, agreed to appoint an inquiry officer in
the case of Dr Jalaluddin Ahmed Noori, the dean of Islamic studies, whose
services were suspended along with Dr Arayne and Dr Sultana last year. Charges
of plagiarism against these teachers have been established twice in internal and
The vice chancellor regretted the
impression that had been created in the media that the syndicate had declined to
pursue teachers who had recently retired and were involved in plagiarism cases
and said this was not correct.
Regarding the case of Prof Dr Saeed
Arayne and Prof Dr Najma Sultana, Dr Pirzada Qasim said: "The syndicate has
sought legal advice on the matter. So, it is not correct to report that the
syndicate had declined to take action."
When asked what disciplinary
action could be taken against a retired teacher, under the university code,
charged with severe misconduct while in service, he said, he didn't know.
Rejecting the impression that the plagiarism proceedings were being
delayed, Dr Pirzada Qasim said that no meeting of the syndicate was called in
November and December because of a routine break.
Regarding the Higher
Education Commission's (HEC) laws on the matter, Dr Syed Mehmood Raza, who has
recently taken over the charge of HEC's quality assurance department, said:
"Let's leave aside the HEC's regulations on the issue. The rules of ethics,
morality and academic sincerity should be upheld in all cases. A theft is a
theft and should not go unpunished in any form."
"Because such actions
gravely damage the country's reputation and are a source of disrepute for the
institution where many honest and hardworking researchers might be working."
When asked about any disciplinary action against such teachers, he said
that the least a university could do was to cancel their research assignments in
which they were acting as supervisors.
"If they continue to act as
research supervisors, it means the future of many students is at stake.
Secondly, the university must publicize the names of teachers found involved in
plagiarism, so that they are not hired by other educational institutions."
It is worth noting that the HEC has recently warned nine public sector
universities of action which were reportedly delaying investigations into
alleged cases of plagiarism.
The list included the names of Mehran
University of Engineering & Technology, Jamshoro, Bolan Medical College,
Quetta, Quaid-i-Awan University of Engineering & Technology (Quest),
Nawabshah, Bahauddin Zakariya University (BZU), Multan, Quaid-i-Azam University
(QAU), Islamabad, University of Peshawar, International Islamic University
(IIU), Islamabad and the University of Karachi.
The HEC in its 21st
meeting this month warned that no new project for the said universities would be
developed while funds would also be withheld if the cases continued to be
The meeting noted that the universities were not pursuing cases
according to the HEC's Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). In most cases, the
universities had not constituted a plagiarism standing committee as required by
the commission. According to these SOPs, the universities are required to
complete a case's investigation and report to the HEC in three months.
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Quaid-i-Awam university accepts students' demand
Nawabshah: Administration of the Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering,
Science and Technology has allowed the students who had failed to pass 50 per
cent papers of the first term to sit in the third term.
The students had
been protesting against what they described as 'term-back policy' and boycotted
classes since Jan 14. The administration had initially rejected their stand and
said it had no term-back policy.
Sources in the university said that the
administration held a meeting with students of 2009-batch on Tuesday, who were
restrained from sitting in the third term after their failure to pass at least
50 per cent papers of the first term.
The administration argued that the
promotion policy mentioned in the prospectus clearly stated that the students
failing to pass at least 50 per cent papers would not be promoted to the next
But the students insisted the policy was never implemented and
they were not informed before its implementation.The Quest Teachers Association
president Prof Liaquat Ali Tunio said that he and other senior officials held
talks with the students and assured them that they would be given a chance to
sit in supplementary examinations and allowed to attend the third term classes.
It had been agreed that if they failed to clear papers they would be
demoted, he said.
He said the demands were later approved by the
vice-chancellor and expressed the hope that the students would end the boycott
and classes would resume from Thursday.
He said that parents of the
affected students had been asked to sign an affidavit and the students of
2010-batch would also be asked to sign an affidavit, undertaking they would help
implement the university's polices mentioned in the prospectus. Dawn
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Opportunities for youth
Karachi: The youth of Pakistan is talented and intelligent but those from
the middle class have not been given an opportunity to serve the nation in the
present political system.
Providing an opportunity to the middle class youth
that represents 98 per cent of our population to serve their area or city can
lead to progress similar to Karachi, throughout Pakistan, within four
City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal expressed these views while
addressing a reception given in his honor by Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari Institute
of Technology (KASBIT) on Wednesday.
"The country has been governed by 38
families for the last 60 years. They were made MPAs and MNAs but they did not
establish even a single primary school in their jurisdiction while they sent
their wards to foreign countries for education," he claimed.
that development was an ongoing process and added, "It must continue as any
temporary halt in the journey of development can put an adverse affect on the
On the occasion, a documentary regarding the development works
in Karachi during the last four years was also screened. KASBIT faculty members
Israr Khan and Dr Muhammad Mehmood appreciated the efforts of the city Nazim. The news
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