Delay in universities plagiarism cases
Nine varsities warned of action over plagiarism probe delay
Lahore, Jan 12: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has come hard on nine different
public sector universities, including the Punjab University (PU), for
delay in deciding alleged cases of plagiarism.
meeting of the commission held on Monday expressed extreme dismay over
delay by universities in investigating the alleged cases of plagiarism
according to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) developed by the
The meeting warned the universities of strict
action, maintaining no new project for the said universities would be
developed while funds would also be withheld.
some participants, the meeting was informed that many reminders were
sent on various occasions to these universities but to no avail. They
further said most of the cases had been pending for around two years,
making the issue quite serious.
They said the cases of
plagiarism allegations reported to the HEC on different occasions were
forwarded to the universities concerned for investigation in the light
of HEC Plagiarism Policy. "However, it has now been realized that the
universities, in most of the cases, are not deciding the cases
according to HEC's SOPs, delaying the cases unnecessarily", they
An official from the HEC said, in most of the cases, the
universities were reluctant to constitute Plagiarism Standing Committee
as required by the Commission, leading to the delay in the
Giving details of the alleged cases of
plagiarism and delay on part of universities, he said two different
cases were forwarded to the Punjab University, separately on July 17,
2008, and August 1, 2008, besides five reminders to decide the cases
but to no avail.
The official further said, in the first case
involving Abdullah Yasir and co-authors, the PU had not processed the
case through Plagiarism Standing Committee as per policy and conveyed
that the authors had not committed plagiarism. "The case was got
evaluated by the HEC from a neutral person who was of the view that
plagiarism was committed", he said, adding that the PU was reluctant to
review the decision even after more than one year, despite several
The official said the second case of plagiarism
allegations was against Nusrat Yasmeen and Maria Riaz, both PhD
Scholars, of the PU Institute of Biochemistry & Biotechnology. In
its initial inquiry report dated October 29, 2008, the PU Registrar
informed that the research topics of both the scholars had been
He said the names of the accused were even placed on
HEC list of plagiarism cases under investigation but no further
response had been received from the PU so far.
said, the delay in deciding the alleged cases of plagiarism was
witnessed at Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET)
Jamshoro, Quaid-e-Awan University of Engineering & Technology
(QUEST) Nawabshah, Bolan Medical College (BMC) Quetta, Bahauddin
Zakariya University (BZU) Multan, University of Karachi, Quaid-e-Azam
University (QAU) Islamabad, University of Peshawar and International
Islamic University (IIU) Islamabad.
The meeting also expressed serious
concerns regarding the violation of HEC's PhD award criteria by some
institutions. It was decided that the Commission would not recognize
the PhD degrees which did not fulfill the HEC quality criteria and were
awarded after July 1, 2009.
The Commission issued directions to
curtail the development funding to the institutions violating the
quality criteria and take up with the chancellors of the universities
to ensure that quality of higher education imparted in Pakistan was not
compromised, and met international standards.
As per the
criteria, it is necessary for the PhD dissertation to be approved by at
least two eminent international experts in the relevant area and all
scholars must publish a journal paper in any HEC recognized journal
prior to submission of PhD thesis.
In the disciplines of Chemistry,
Physics, Mathematics and five other disciplines in which International
GRE examination is held, it is also necessary that PhD scholar have
cleared the international examination prior to submission of thesis and
award of degree.
When contacted, HEC Executive Director Dr
Sohail H Naqvi said the universities had been warned of stern action in
case of further delay, adding if the universities did not constitute
Plagiarism Standing Committee, the HEC Plagiarism Committee might take
final decision. The news
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UAF engages retired officials in violation of policy
Faisalabad: Ignoring restrictions imposed by the Punjab
government, the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) has
recruited six retired government employees on special pay packages,
sources said on Monday.
Lt-Col Asif Humayun (retired) is
the latest addition to the academia on a package of Rs75,000 as chief
security and states officer.
Earlier, the university employed
five retired government employees - four ex-servicemen and a civilian
– in violation of rules.
Under the Recruitment Policy 2004,
the Punjab government clearly laid down rules/procedure for recruitment
on a regular and contract basis, determination of posts to be filled on
a regular or contract basis, merit-based recruitment, eligibility and
procedure for appointments.
Section 9 (VI) of the recruitment
policy reads, "Under section 13 (1) of the Punjab Civil Servants Act
1974, a retired government servant is not eligible for appointment
either on a regular or contract basis." The policy explained the
retirement as retirement on attaining the age of superannuation i.e. 60
years, compulsory retirement after completion of 20-year service,
compulsory retirement under provisions of Punjab Civil Servants
(E&D) Rules or Punjab Removal from Service (special powers)
ordinance 2000 and optional retirement after completion of prescribed
qualifying service for pension.
However, the UAF
administration did not bother to follow the instructions and continued
to make `favourite ' people part of the academia.
criteria on the backburner, the UAF employed brigadier Javed Anwar
(retd) as director development on July 7, 2009, against a special pay
package of Rs 75,000, Lt-Col Saghir Ahmed (retired) on July 24, 2009,
as project director, engineering and construction department, against
Rs75,000 a month, Lt-Col Asif Humayun (retired) on Jan 5 last on a
package of Rs75,000 as chief security and states officer, Maj Ijaz
Anwar (retired) for Rs30,000 on May 28, 2008 as transport officer and
Lt Nasir Mehmood (retd) as security officer in basic scale 16 on Oct
A retired employee of the agriculture department,
Rana Ajmal, was made part of the university on Sep 12, 2009, as
director planning against a salary of Rs60,000 per month. Sources said
the chancellor had not approved the job terms and conditions of this
job that was mandatory.
All seats were created by the administration
on its own as the University Act has no provision for such seats.
the official policy over the recruitment issue of retired government
officials, the Services and General Administration Department of the
provincial government had, on April 10, 2008, issued a letter (SI.
2-35/2000) titled "Re-employment of civil servants after retirement
from government service," to all institutions, including the heads of
autonomous bodies, administrative secretaries, inspector general of
police, heads of attached departments in Punjab and all district
"Re-employment of the
retired officers/officials from civil, army and police under your
administrative controll may be terminated with immediate effect." The
letter only exempted the officials re-employed in basic scale 1 to 11.
departments were asked to ensure compliance of the direction without
exception. The letter reads that it must also be ensured that all these
termination orders are issued individually and those terminated are
relieved of their charge with immediate effect. The heads were also
asked that in case of requirement of one month's notice, salary of the
same period may be paid, in lieu thereof.
In the light of the
S&GAD letter, the UAF and the Government College University,
Faisalabad, had shown the door to many employees and compliance report
was submitted to the Punjab government.
It is pertinent to
mention here that the UAF declared illegal the appointment of 63
employees, including professors, associate and assistant professors,
lectures, deputy registrars and a deputy treasure under the recruitment
policy 2004. However, the university administration itself violated the
same recruitment policy by recruiting the retired government employees.
Principal Officer, Public Relations and Publications, Dr Jalal
Arif quoted the vice-chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmed as saying that all
appointments were made in the light of the government policy. He said
the government had banned the appointment of such employees who were on
the verge of retirement and not retired officials.
He said during the
closure of the universities because of terror threats, the chancellor
had asked all the public universities to hire chief security officers
retired from army.
Dr Jalal also said that appointments of the
six officials fell in the university statute. However, the University
Act has no words on such appointments made by the university.
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Contracts of 2,500 Punjab lecturers
Lahore: The contracts of lecturers recruited in 2005 are
beginning to expire from Tuesday (today) and the incumbents fear
stoppage of their salaries in case their services are not regularised
or their contracts not renewed.
The All-Punjab Professors and
Lecturers Association (APPLA), a newly-formed body, has made
representations to the Punjab higher education department two weeks ago
to take action well in time for smooth functioning of their jobs.
APPLA president Zafar Khan Jadoon, senior vice-president Zahid Mian and
secretary-general Nadeem Anwar said there were about 2,500 lecturers,
who would be claiming regularisation of their services on completing
The APPLA leaders have also demanded that
about 700 contract lecturers belonging to the 2002 batch should also be
regularised. They said that these lecturers' regularisation was
deferred on the pretext that either they were on study leave, showed
below board or university result pass percentage or showed no results
in their subjects. They claimed that some lecturers were not
regularised who showed just one or two per cent below the board or
They said that a number of lecturers were
either serving in remote areas or had no students of their subject and
they had to teach some compulsory subjects on the direction of their
When contacted, Punjab higher
education secretary Ahad Khan Cheema said no contract teacher would
face suspension of his/her salary as the department was working on all
such issues. He said that most contract lecturers were recruited in May
2005. He said that a number of lecturers not fulfilling the criteria in
letter and spirit were also regularised.
To a question, he
said the department had sought advice from the regulations department
about the regularisation of lecturers, who remained on study leave. Dawn
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Aman Ki Asha
Lahore: All Indian Schools Association President PK Sehgal and Private
Schools Management Association Central President Adeeb Javedani have
agreed on a students exchange programme as a goodwill gesture under
'Aman Ki Asha'. According to the programme, 50 students from each
country will visit the other in February.
a telephonic conversation with Javedani, PK Sehgal said 'Aman Ki Asha'
was the best way forward for peace between the two countries. He said
the effort by the Jang Group and the Times of India would pave the way
for a congenial environment for the two countries and it would help
them understand each other's concerns and address them accordingly. He
said better Indo-Pak relations meant better educational systems as both
countries could share knowledge and educational reforms through student
and professional interaction.
Adeeb Javedani commended the
friendly gesture of PK Sehgal of inviting Pakistani students to India
and said that a delegation of 50 students would visit Delhi In February
and Pakistan would host a similar delegation from India in March.
said 'Aman Ki Asha' had kindle a new hope for pleasant relationship
between the two country and it gave everyone of us a chance to play our
role in the mammoth step forward taken my the media groups of India and
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Focus on sterilisation
Lahore: The Young Doctors Association (YDA) has demanded Punjab Chief Minister
Shahbaz Sharif issue order for establishment of central sterilization
departments and installation of incinerators at all government
hospitals as fatal diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS are
spreading through non-sterilised surgical instruments and
reuse/recycling of hospital waste.
According to a press release
issued on Monday, YDA President Dr Rana Sohail, General Secretary Dr
Salman Kazmi, Dr Aslam Rao, Dr Irfan Rao, Dr Talha Sherwani, Dr Nazam
Ali, Dr Maryam, Dr Lalarukh and others said that Hepatitis C was
spreading at an alarming rate as every 10th person was suffering from
They said the Punjab government was spending drugs/Inj.
Interferon worth up to Rs 60,000 on treatment of a Hepatitis C patient,
but had spent little to prevent spread of this fatal disease by
establishing central sterilization units at teaching and DHQ hospitals
for sterilisation of instruments to control the spread of this disease.
said the Punjab government had got installed ACs and generators in all
hospitals but didn't pay heed towards installation of incinerators to
dispose of hospital waste to curb recycling/reuse of used instruments.
Hospital waste recycling mafia was quite active and was involved in
reuse of syringes.
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Teachers warn of protest
Lahore: The Punjab Government Schools Senior Staff Association (PGSSSA) has
announced protests if the government allowed NGOs to adopt any big
public sector school.
In a press statement, PGSSSA President Hafiz
Abdul Nasir and other office-bearers said if NGOs wanted to adopt
public sector schools, they should adopt schools which were deprived of
facilities and were not best ones.
The PGSSSA office-bearers said the
Government Central Model School, Samanabad and the Girls Higher
Secondary School, Samanabad, were among the best educational
institutions of the city.
They said schools' adoption besides creating
many troubles also led to dual administration. They demanded the
government withdraw the policy regarding schools' adoption. The news
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