Bureaucracy & HEC | Plagiarism case
Bureaucracy breathes down HEC neck
Islamabad, June 18: The federal government's recent action of
putting the Higher Education Commission (HEC) under the control of a
ministry is seen as illegal and violating a Supreme Court order.
Sources in the HEC recalled that the notification issued by
the government on June 11, saying the Ministry of Professional and
Technical Training will henceforth control the administration and
finances of the HEC, follows the controversy over the verification of
academic degrees of the politicians by the HEC and puts it under the
direct control of bureaucracy.
HEC was formed by Gen Pervez Musharraf in 2002 but changes in its
legal status became inevitable after devolution transferred several
federal subjects, including education, to the provinces in 2010.
In April last year, the Supreme Court ruled that "HEC has to continue
its functions and duties as it had been doing in the past unless and
until a fresh legislation is promulgated."
Supreme Court gave the decision over the issue of devolution of HEC
as federal government wanted to devolve the commission through a
notification but the stake holders contested it in the court. On the
other hand, HEC officials and management of the universities is not
happy with the decision to put HEC under control of the ministry and had
termed the move illegal, sources said.
An officer of HEC requesting not to be named said that HEC was formed
through an Ordinance in 2002 which was validated under Article 270 AA
of the Constitution. Further it was also validated through 17th
Amendment Act, 2003 according to which a commission appointed by the
Prime Minister of Pakistan was the only body legally empowered to
exercise financial and administrative control over it.
"The operation of the commission should continue as before and
controlling authority of the HEC is the Prime Minister of Pakistan and
decision to put it under a ministry cannot be done without legislation,"
Legal Expert Riasat Ali Azad seconded the
opinion and said that a bill approved by the parliament could only be
changed through another bill by the same forum and any attempt to change
it through notification was illegal.
According to sources, the Vice Chancellors (VCs) from public sector
universities in a meeting held in the second week of June also expressed
serious reservations over any decision affecting the autonomy of HEC as
they considered it would have direct effect on the performance of the
organisation besides creating many bureaucratic hurdles.
Chairperson Vice Chancellors' Committee, Imtiaz Gilani said that without autonomy creativity and research of the
universities would be hampered. In past schools and colleges had been
working under the ministries but
unfortunately they did not progress as much as they should have.
Vice Chancellor Karakoram University, Dr Najma Najam said that
in 2002 National Task Force visited all over the country and in the end
it was decided that universities cannot progress and compete at
international level without
autonomy. "Universities developed a lot on research front till 2010 but
there will be no further progress if they are put under bureaucracy.
There should be check on the universities but they should be allowed to
take decisions independently," she said.
An officer of the HEC said that all members of the HEC Commission, a
body that controls its financial-cum-administrative issues, are eminent
academics and experts in their respective fields. All decisions are
taken by the commission after extensive discussions and input from all
stakeholders, including Vice Chancellors of universities in all
Spokesperson for the HEC Murtaza Noor said they had been hoping
against hope that all controversies regarding the commission's autonomy
would end on a positive note and future of students would not be put at
Chairman Standing Committee of Senate on Professional and Technical
Training, Abdul Nabi Bangash said, "Education has
been made a rolling stone between different departments and provinces.
In 2002, no one was ready to handle the affairs of the HEC so it was
directly given under the PM's control. I have called a meeting of the
committee to discuss all outstanding issues including the future of the commission."
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Plagiarism case HEC declares professor innocent
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has
given a clean chit to a foreign faculty member accused of plagiarism.
The decision came just before the HEC was given under the
administrative-cum-financial control of the Ministry of Professional and
According to documents available with Dawn, a deputy director quality
assurance of the HEC in a letter to Professor Dr Ishtiaq Qadri said his
case was discussed by the plagiarism committee and after reviewing the
comments of independent experts as well as his opinion shared through
email it was concluded that the complaint forwarded to the HEC against
him did not fall under plagiarism but was an authorship dispute.
It may be recalled that about a year back a female professor of the
Punjab University, Dr Ishrat Waheed, complained to the HEC that Dr
Qadri's wife Kaneez Fatima had started a thesis under her supervision
but at the end she published it showing her husband (Dr Qadri) as the
It took about eight months for the HEC to probe into the matter and
declare Dr Qadri involved in plagiarism. As a result, he was removed as a
foreign faculty member. About three months after the HEC decision, Dr
Qadri sent an email to the commission on June 3, 2012, complaining that
he had been declared involved in plagiarism without being given an
opportunity to properly present his point of view. Strangely, only three
days after receiving the complaint, the HEC declared Dr Qadri innocent.
The HEC in the letter further said the university concerned –
University of the Punjab – may decide the matter in the light of its
rules. Besides, Dr Qadri was also allowed to work in any institution of
According to sources, the management of HEC knew that soon it would
be put under the control of the new ministry after which it would be
difficult to give decisions independently.
Dr Qadri said: "The decision of the HEC has finally proved that I was not involved in plagiarism."
Adviser to the HEC, Dr Riaz Qureshi said they had examined the case
of Dr Qadri and found that he was not involved in plagiarism. "It should
be called a case of 'ethics' rather than plagiarism."
He said Dr Qadri would not be reappointed as foreign faculty member but he was free to work anywhere. Dawn
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Margalla bushfire reaches Quaid-e-Azam University
Islamabad: A bush fire, which erupted on Margalla Hills due to the
extreme heat wave, continued spewing ash all around, and has reached the
premises of Quaid-e-Azam University.
Fire erupted on Margalla
Hills near Bari Imam shrine at various spots, and was spreading at an
alarming pace, engulfing a large area and destroying precious woodland
and wildlife on thousands of acres.
The intensity of the flames could be felt at the Diplomatic Enclave, and even at Melagah Lohi Dandi and Bhara Kahu.
is feared that if not controlled, the fire can reach Daman-e-Koh and
the forests of Pir Sohawa. "The fire has already engulfed a police
checkpoint, a mosque and high-power electricity transmission line
passing through the area," a resident said.
However, none of the
departments concerned took steps on war footings to extinguish the
flames. According to Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials, the
fire broke out due to scorching heat. inp
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'Invention to Innovation-2012' Summit today
Islamabad: Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) is organising 'Invention to Innovation
Summit-2012' in collaboration with the Institute for Research Promotion
(IRP) and University of the Punjab, Lahore, here on Monday.
of State for Science & Technology Rahela Shahadat Baloch and
Federal Secretary for Science & Technology will inaugurate the
summit.PSF Chairman Dr. Manzoor H. Soormro, Vice Chancellor, University
of the Punjab, Lahore Dr. Mujahid Kamran and CEO, Institute for Research
Promotion Abid Sherwani have joined hands to establish
industry-academia linkages for the uplift of applied research.
Farid A. Malik, Ex-Chairman, Pakistan Science Foundation will present a
keynote address on Technology Competitiveness-S&T Policy for
Pakistan.Feroze Khan will deliver a talk on stimulating private
investment in New Technologies-Solution for Pakistan. The purpose of
this summit is to pass on domino effect of science to the society to
establish strong linkages between industry and scientists for
commercialisation of indigenous technologies.
having technologies engrossed with local R&D have been invited to
show their ideas through posters presentations, documentaries and
physical prototypes etc. The industries and academicians will also
present their innovative products and research experiences.
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Free computer course for flood-hit youth starts
Islamabad: The Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has started free six-month computer
training programme for the flood-affected youth of southern Punjab. A
total of 2,000 students will be trained in four phases. A well-equipped
laboratory with support of the American Institute of Electronic
Engineering has been set up for the purpose at DG Khan.AIOU Vice
Chancellor Professor Dr Nazir Ahmed Ahmed Sangi inaugurated the
computer-training programme through video-conferencing from the main
campus of the university in Islamabad. He said the university is also
working on a plan to set a world-level computer-training centre in the
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Iranian team visits Bahria University
Islamabad: A delegation from the Damghan University, Iran, visited the Bahria
University and held a meeting with Bahria University Rector Vice Admiral
(r) Shahid Iqbal, pro-rector, registrar and directors. The delegation
from the Damghan University comprised President Dr Ali Haghighi Asl and
Chairman International Collaborations Dr Abdolali Basiri. During the
visit, both universities discussed various areas of collaboration,
including student and faculty exchange, joint research, conferences and
seminars, exchange of visits and other joint academic activities. They
also signed an MoU highlighting areas of collaboration.
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Forward Public School shows 100 pc result in SSC exam
Peshawar: Keeping the past academic record intact, the Forward Public School,
Dilazak Road, Peshawar has showed 100 per cent result in the recently
announced secondary school certificate examination.
press release quoted the Principal Hameeda Zafar as saying all the
students of the school qualified the SSC examination conducted by the
Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Peshawar.
principal said Wajeeha Maqsood (Roll number 86707) secured 13th
position in the Science Group by securing 958 out of 1050 marks under.
Ammara Bari (Roll number 86706) obtained 17th position in Science Group
by securing 954 marks.
The successful students attributed the success to their hard work, guidance of teachers and prayers of their parents. The news
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