Peshawar University VC accused of plagiarism
After accusing VC of plagiarism: Teacher suspended for 'misconduct'
Peshawar, March 28: The Law College teacher who had accused
the vice-chancellor of the University of Peshawar (UoP) of plagiarism
has been suspended for 'misconduct' and an inquiry has been initiated
A few weeks back, Mohammad Zubair, an
assistant professor at the UoP Law College, had approached the Higher
Education Commission (HEC) and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor, alleging
that the PhD thesis of the UoP VC, Dr Azmat Hayat Khan, was
He had also requested the authorities concerned to probe the matter and take action against the VC.
initiating a disciplinary action against the complainant teacher for
insubordination and violation of rules, the university administration
has formed a committee under the VC, which launched an inquiry to assess
the entire process of admission to declaration of result of the LLM
degree of Mr Zubair, sources said on condition of anonymity.
The question is whether the HEC will conclude its probe first or the vice chancellor.
committee tasked to assess the status of Mr Zubair's LLM degree was
asked to submit its report by March 24, the sources said.
contacted for his version on issues concerning Mr Zubair's degree, the
UoP spokesperson, Akhtar Amin, said that the fact-finding committee had
completed its report, but it was confidential. He said the decision on
the charge-sheet issued after this probe would be crossed checked by
another committee, which would take the final decision on the issue.
another inquiry, Mr Zubair had been accused of 'gross misconduct' under
the University of Peshawar Employees Efficiency and Discipline
Statutes, 1977 and charged with violation of the university rules.
teacher has been charged with taking part in political activities and
making objectionable speeches.He has also been charged for direct and
frequent correspondence with the chancellor and the HEC and delivering
To conduct inquiry into all these charges,
The UoP has set up a three-member committee under Prof Fazlur Rehman
Sethi, director Institute of Physics and Electronics.
When contacted, Dr Sethi said: "I have just been informed that an inquiry committee has been set up against a teacher."
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KP colleges built but away from students
Peshawar: Every fourth college in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has not enrolled the required
number of students as most of these state-run educational institutions
have been established by public representatives in 'unfeasible' areas
just to oblige their voters, sources say.
that about 40 functional colleges, out of 153, didn't enroll the
required number of students, putting huge burden on national kitty
without achieving the desired goals.
"Most of these colleges have
been established in far-flung areas instead of big towns and cities,"
they said. They said that elected representatives in successive
governments were responsible for huge loss to public money spent on
construction of colleges in unfeasible areas.
"The government is
spending around Rs10,000 per month on every student of these colleges,"
sources said. On the other hand, only Rs1,500 were spent on each student
of those colleges, which had sufficient number of students, they added.
to government policy a college for boys should be established in an
area where 350 students of the surrounding high and higher secondary
schools qualify Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examination. A
college for girls should be set up in an area where 250 girl students
have qualified SSC examination, according to the policy.
Sources said that number of enrolled students in the colleges, built in unfeasible areas, was less than 200.
of a college in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa needed Rs150 million to Rs200
million, sources said. They said colleges should be set up on the basis
of need. The government should not waste money on construction of
unnecessary colleges, they added.
On one hand 40 colleges, mostly
located in far-off areas, didn't have enough number of students while on
other colleges in big cities were overcrowded, sources said.
added that colleges in Peshawar, Abbottabad, Haripur, Kohat and other
big cities were overcrowded and it was difficult for the administration
to manage their affairs.
Sources said that 10 more colleges were
needed only in Peshawar to accommodate the increasing number of students
and reduce burden on the existing educational institutions.
politicians of small towns make all out efforts to construct colleges in
their constituencies because it is considered an achievement in such
areas and helps increase their voters," they added.
On the other
hand construction of a college was not priority of the politicians of
big cities because it couldn't attract their voters, sources said.
Education Director Ghulam Qasim Marwat, when contacted, said that
present government was trying its level best to establish colleges on
"Yes, there is dire need of more colleges in big
cities like Peshawar because students across the province are studying
here," he said. The private sector was actively involved in promotion of
education otherwise it would be a big problem for the government, he
The ANP-led provincial government was determined to improve
quality of education in government colleges, he said. "The government
has planned to strengthen the existing colleges by improving quality of
education, providing training to teachers and updating laboratories and
libraries," he said. Dawn
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