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
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
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".
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.
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
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 www.pu.edu.pk.
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
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