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Karachi University BA part 1 results | KU plagiarism policy

KU announces BA regular results
Karachi, May 28: University of Karachi announced the result of BA (PART-I) Regular and External, Annual Examination 2012, on Monday. A total of 6,891 regular students had registered for the examinations, out of which 6,647 appeared and 2,324 were declared passed. The passing percentage for the regular category is 34.96 percent. At least 7,509 external candidates registered for the annual examinations, of which 7,069 attempted the papers and 1,889 cleared the assessment. A total of 26,72 percent external students passed the exams. Daily times

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KU MPhil, PhD admissions
Karachi: The University of Karachi has announced that the admission forms for MPhil/PhD, MS (surgery) and MD (medicine) can be submitted by May 28.

The list of eligible candidates will be posted on the website of the KU and notice boards of the related departments on June 3, a KU statement added. Tests will be conducted on June 9 (Sunday). The list of successful candidates will be released on June 12.

After conducting interviews on June 17, the final admissions list will be displayed on June 24, the statement added.

LLB, LLM forms
The University of Karachi has announced that the exam forms of LLB and LLM can be submitted to respective colleges by May 28 without any late fee.

The fee for LLB first, second and final year exams is Rs4,350 and for LLM first and final year exam Rs2,700.

KU registration schedule

The KU has announced that the registration forms of private candidates of BA, BCom and BoL and candidates seeking improvement of division for BA, BCom and BSc will be accepted by June 20 with a fee of Rs2,700.

For change of subject, forms can be submitted by the same deadline with a fee of Rs700, a KU statement added. ppi

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KU policy draft on plagiarism contains copied text
Karachi: Given the poor track record of Karachi University (KU) in pursuing cases of plagiarism, it doesn't come as a surprise that what the institution has produced lately as a policy draft on plagiarism itself contains copied text, it emerged on Monday.

The policy draft on plagiarism, according to the university registrar, had been approved by its academic council and would now be presented for approval in the syndicate, which is likely to be held early next month.

A total of 14 university professors were part of the committee tasked to prepare the document.

It is worth noting that the university has been showing its inability to move against plagiarists for many years on grounds that it doesn't have a plagiarism policy in place, though the university act does talk of misconduct and punishments which could be awarded in this regard.

Last year, the university syndicate unanimously withdrew plagiarism cases against its three senior teachers despite the fact that multiple inquiries conducted by the institution itself had found them guilty.

Earlier, a similar document (a draft) was produced in 2009 but was rejected on account of what was described as 'plagiarised text' and harsh punishments recommended for the offender.

A reading of the university's plagiarism policy draft 2009 and current policy draft 2013 shows that a large part of the text (including the preamble) has been taken from the Higher Education Commission's (HEC) plagiarism policy, which came in 2007 and is available on its website. However, there is no acknowledgement of the HEC in both policy drafts that the commission's policy had been adopted with some amendments.

Even the sequence of most paragraphs in both policy drafts is largely the same. For instance, a section 'Penalties for Plagiarism' in the HEC document states: 'The groups (of offenders) have already been defined in paragraph 5 above'. The same sentence is repeated in the text of the university policy draft 2013, with the slight change of a paragraph number from '5' to '6' just because the draft adds a new paragraph (2) about the policy title that is not present in the HEC document.

The HEC policy document has defined plagiarism with the help of the Concise Oxford Dictionary and Wikipedia and has mentioned so in its text while in the end it has given references to the ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity Statement: Appendix 1 (University of Southampton Calendar 2006/7).

The same is done in the KU policy draft.

However, in contrast to the 2009 plagiarism policy draft, which carried more copied text than the current policy draft, the university has now softened up its stance against offenders as it has omitted many important clauses on penalties.

For instance, the 2009 draft, as mentioned in the HEC plagiarism policy, states: "The degree of a student may be withdrawn if at any time it is proven that he or she has presented plagiarized work in his/her masters, MPhil or PhD dissertation (if the extent of plagiarism comes under the category of major penalty where most of the paper or key results have been exactly copied from any published work of other people without giving the reference to the original work).

"In case of a thesis the responsibility of plagiarism will be of the student and not of the supervisor or members of the supervisory committee."

These important clauses have been omitted in the present draft.

One of the excluded points discusses penalties that could be applied to any offender (teacher, student). While the 2009 draft as mentioned in the HEC plagiarism policy talked about blacklisting offender's name, publicising it through the media and blocking internet access to his research work, the 2013 policy draft of the university suggests only publicising the notification of false allegation.

Another important shift from the HEC document relates to the additional actions required against the offender. One of them was to ask the offender/s to write a formal letter of apology to the author of the original paper that was plagiarized. The HEC policy requires that the apology letter include an admission of plagiarism. But the condition is absent in both university drafts (2009, 2013).

A prominent addition in the 2013 draft is about plagiarism in publications in languages other than English and it is suggested that the university should develop a database of all the theses awarded by the KU and other universities in the country so far in order to check plagiarism.

Prof Dr Abuzar Wajidi, convener of a 13-member committee that prepared the document, said: "Even the HEC has defined terms with the help of different sources. Besides, it's a policy document and not a research paper. Legal terms are the same throughout the world."

He explained that the committee only focused on necessary changes that were to be made in the old policy draft of 2009 and not to check the document's authenticity and produce a new version altogether.

"Ninety-nine per cent people in the academic council appreciated the committee's efforts and approved the draft policy unanimously," he insisted, adding that the only recommendation to be added in the policy draft related to the punishment on false allegation of plagiarism.

"The council members suggested that the punishment should be suggested by the committee and decided by the syndicate," he said.

Some academic council members expressed surprise over the approval of the policy draft by the academic council and said that some recommendations were needed to be included before the approval. Dawn

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Loadshedding disrupts research activities at KU
Karachi: Constant and prolonged loadshedding in the city is affecting academic and research activities at Karachi University.

A spokesperson of the institution said in a statement on Monday that this may also harm the sophisticated scientific equipment and the chemicals in the labs. The long hours of loadshedding and the rise in temperature may explode the equipment and chemicals.

The spokesperson of the University appealed to the management of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) to pay immediate attention towards the problem for its resolution. The country's biggest University should be exempted from loadshedding so the academic and research activities continue uninterrupted, the spokesperson asked. app

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