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PU psychology head dismissed: LUMS training workshop

PU psychology head dismissed from service: Bogus MSc degree
Lahore, March 18, 2008: The Punjab University has dismissed from service former psychology and applied psychology department chairman Dr Mian Aftab Ahmad after finding his MSc degree showing first division based upon a bogus notification.

A three-member inquiry committee led by faculty of sciences dean Prof Dr Chaudhry Jamil Anwar also declared Dr Aftab's MSc degree "bogus, invalid and null and void" as it was issued on the basis of a bogus notification showing 480 marks out of 800. The letter issued on Monday advised Dr Aftab to present himself before the vice-chancellor within seven days and clarify his position and show cause under Section 7(2) from the date of issuance of the letter i.e. March 17, if he desired so.

On the basis of the inquiry committee report and recommendation, the VC while using his emergency powers under Section 15(3) of the University of the Punjab Act 1973 and under clause 4(b)(vi) of the University of the Punjab Employees (Efficiency and Discipline) Statutes 1975, imposed major penalty of "dismissal from service" after having found him (Dr Aftab) the sole beneficiary of the forgery in order to obtain fictitious first division/degree to qualify for the Punjab University faculty position.

Dr Aftab was earlier removed from the psychology department chairmanship and placed under suspension on research articles' plagiarism charges in January this year.

Prof Dr Yasmin N Farooqi, who had replaced Dr Aftab as chairperson of the department, had originally lodged a complaint in writing against plagiarism committed by Dr Aftab and claimed that the accused had got second division in his MSc applied psychology examination and was ineligible for appointment even as assistant professor.

Though the formal inquiry to ascertain plagiarism charges leveled against Dr Aftab is in process, the regular inquiry committee comprising Prof Dr Chaudhry Jamil Anwar (chairman), Institute of Education and Research director Prof Dr Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal and botany department chairman Prof Dr Khan Rass Masood, proceeded against Dr Aftab on the basis of documentary record and prima facie evidence provided by inquiry officer, Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology director Prof Dr Muhammad Amin Athar, after a preliminary probe.

The regular inquiry committee after going through all the relevant record and after giving the accused an opportunity of personal hearing, concluded that the marks in Paper-II, III and VIII of MSc applied psychology examinations had been tampered with in the result sheet containing the result of the accused. The committee said a bogus notification was issued showing that the accused had got first division by securing 480 marks.

Referring to Dr Aftab's plea that the case of forgery/tampering of result and issuance of degree could not be reopened after 30 years, the committee noted that the plea was not maintainable because this was not a matter of disqualification simply because of unfair means, mistake in compilation of result or an issue of eligibility. Rather, the committee said, "the degree was issued on the basis of bogus, fictitious and invalid notification, which could be withdrawn or cancelled whenever it came to the notice of the issuing authority. Hence, the degree issued on the basis of bogus notification should automatically stand cancelled".

When contacted, Dr Aftab said the inquiry committee did not provide him the relevant record to facilitate him in replying to the show cause notice.

He said the inquiry committee was constituted without proper jurisdiction and authority, which also failed to reply to his objections against the constitution of the committee as well as provision of the record. He also alleged that he was not even provided the initial probe committee report.

Dr Aftab also maintained that his MSc degree and notification were issued after due process and alleged that the charge of tampering with the examination department record was leveled by none other than the incumbent vice-chancellor. Dawn

PU VC pays surprise visit to examination centres
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran gave a surprise visit to BA/BSc examination centres on Monday and said that the examinations were being conducted smoothly.

According to a press release issued by PU on Monday, more than 173,000 candidates are taking the annual examination. The university has set up 494 examination centres in 37 districts of the Punjab 183 for male candidates, 295 for females, 16 combined centres and 10 for prisoners at different jails.

Controller Examination Prof Zahid Karim Khan and Additional Controller Malik Zahir were also with the VC. Khan said that a holiday on Eid Miladul Nabi had been ensured this year. Khan told the VC that first aid had been provided to a female student whose blood pressure had dropped suddenly. He also said that this year no error in papers had been reported, the release said.

The VC said the university would further improve the examination system. He said 13 monitoring teams, including one consisting of women, had been formed to ensure transparency in the examinations.

He said that blind candidates had been provided a writer and an extra 40-minutes' period. He said that 48 centres had been provided the facility of a double feeder so that the electricity supply would not be interrupted during the examinations, the release said. Daily Times

MBBS result declared
Lahore: The Punjab University on Monday declared the result of MBBS First Professional, Part-I, Supplementary Examination 2007.

The roll numbers of successful candidates are: 000002, 000003, 000004, 000005, 000006, 000007, 000008, 000009, 000010, 000011, 000012, 000016, 000017, 000018, 000019, 000021, 000023, 000024, 000026, 000027, 000029, 000030, 000031, 000032, 000033, 000034, 000035, 000036, 000037, 000038, 000039, 000040, 000041, 000042,000043, 000044,000045, 000046, 000048, 000050, 000051, 000052, 000053, 000055, 000056, 000057, 000058, 000059, 000060, 000062, 000063, 000064, 000065, 000066, 000067, 000068, 000071, 000072, 000073, 000074, 000075, 000076, 000077, 000078, 000079, 000080, 000081, 000082, 000083, 000084, 000086 and 000087. The detailed result is available at university website

Exams schedule announced
The Punjab University Examination Department on Monday announced the admission schedule for various medical diploma examinations.

The exams are: DA, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2006 and Annual 2007, DLO, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2006, DOMS, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2006 and Annual 2007, DMRD, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2006 and Annual 2007, DMRT, Part-II, Supplementary Examination 2006 and Annual 2007, DCH, Supplementary Examination 2005 and Annual 2006, DCP, Supplementary Examination 2005 and Annual 2006, DGO, Supplementary Examination 2005 and Annual 2006 and DTCD, Supplementary Examination 2005 and Annual 2006.

Schedule of MS (Old Course) and MD (Old Course) Supplementary Examination 2006 has also been announced. The last date for submission of admission forms with single fee is March 28 while forms can be submitted with double fee up to April 8. The exams will commence from 28-04-2008. The News

4-days books expo at PU Lahore: A four-day exhibition of books on Seerat and Islamyat will be held at the Punjab University Old Campus in the provincial metropolis at Shahrah Quaid-i-Azam. Provincial DG Religious Affairs & Auqaf Dr. Tahir Raza Bukhari told PPI here on Monday that the RA&A Punjab Secretary Syed Raees Abbas Zaidi and Punjab University Vice Chancellor Dr. Mujahid Kamran would jointly open the grand exhibition at 1 pm on Tuesday (today). A large number of the books would be put on display in the exhibition, he added. PPI LUMS holds training workshop on EndNote
Lahore: The Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) on Monday organised a one-day training workshop in collaboration with the Institute of Research Promotion on the use of EndNote, a piece of software used for publishing and managing bibliographies.

According to a press release issued by LUMS on Monday, the purpose of the workshop was to help researchers prepare accurate bibliographies, citations, and references and also to help them in managing their research work, books, articles, papers, dissertations and computer files.

LUMS Chief Librarian Dr Ramzan highlighted the importance of research in academics in his welcome note. He said that the workshop had been arranged to promote a research culture among students.

Asad Kamran Ghalib from the University of Manchester, UK, told the audience about the importance of citation referencing and bibliography, and how plagiarism could be avoided and detected with EndNote. Daily Times
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