Decision on Karachi University plagiarism case
Karachi university told to reinstate suspended teachers
Karachi, Oct 8: Taking a decision on a case of plagiarism detected in
Karachi University, Sindh Ombudsman Asad Ashraf Malik has directed the
vice chancellor to immediately withdraw and cancel his orders against
three teachers suspended on charges of plagiarism over four months ago.
his decision, the ombudsman noted that the KU administration failed to
act in accordance with the policy of the Higher Education Commission
(HEC) and punished the teachers without providing them the opportunity
of a personal hearing.
The three teachers directed to be
reinstated are: Dr Najma Sultana, Dr Saeed Arayne and Dr Zakia Bibi of
the KU's department of chemistry.
The ombudsman also directed
the KU vice chancellor to initiate action against adviser academics and
other official(s) responsible for gross maladministration as they did
not make the vice chancellor realise the necessity of formulating the
KU's own plagiarism policy or adopting the relevant policy of the HEC
within a reasonable time after it was made effective in 2007.
asked the vice chancellor to either submit the HEC policy or the
university's own policy on plagiarism, if it has been formulated in
line with the HEC policy, to the syndicate for approval in its next
The university administration has been asked to submit
the syndicate's decision to the ombudsman within 60 days.
KU administration, with the approval of its syndicate, had suspended
three senior professors, including Dr Jalaluddin Ahmed Noori, the
former dean of faculty of Islamic studies, and relieved one ad-hoc
teacher from service on charges of plagiarism over four months
A judicial inquiry, which was instituted against the three senior professors, is still in progress.
having an army of ad-hoc employees working as full-time and part-time
teachers (around 300 according to the KU registrar), there is no
mention of their status in the university code.
the ad-hoc teacher, Dr Zakia Bibi, approached the ombudsman, whose
jurisdiction in the matter was challenged by the KU in the Sindh High
Court. The SHC dismissed the KU's petition and accepted the stand of
the ombudsman's office that it had the authority to hear matters
related to maladministration.
During the proceedings at the
ombudsman office, Dr Saeed Arayne and Dr Najma Sultan (husband and
wife) were allowed to act as interveners, as they had co-authored the
article alleged to have been plagiarised.The regional director
ombudsman office (east), retired colonel Ghulam Mohiuddin, had
investigated the case. According to his findings, the university's
failure not to adopt the HEC policy on plagiarism or make its own
policy is a glaring example of maladministration, which eventually led
to the termination of the contract of a young teacher.
the policy on plagiarism is adopted/approved now, it cannot be applied
in this case from retrospective effect as the 'review article' under
reference was published in 2005 whereas the HEC policy was notified in
2007," says the decision.
The university, however, has the right
to appeal to the governor within 30 days under the Establishment of the
Office of Ombudsman for the Province of Sindh Act, 1991.
"One should also ask the doctors that in what circumstance they are working in LUMHS Hospital, where hospital administration is not willing to cooperate with Consultant because of the fact that they are employees of University while the hospital is administrated by Sindh Government. Despite of a huge budget there are no medicine in wards. All burden of Hospital duties is on Postgraduate Students, while Regular Doctors are fond of joining OPD, where they arrive at 11 and leave at 1 pm. The Hospital administration is unable to provide fundamental requirements and basic equipment to run the hospital. So i think one should think before condemning consultants and Postgraduates. "
Name: Dr. Bilal Fazal
City, Country: Hyderabad
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350 primary secondary schools remain closed in Thatta
Thatta: More than 350 primary and secondary schools out of the
total 3,400 in the district are not functioning since last many years,
causing academic loss to students residing in nine talukas.
The PPP MPA, Humaira Alwani told this to journalists after visiting a
number of schools, particularly in far-flung coastal belt along with a
team of civil society members.
Criticising the declining
graph of education and deteriorating standard of public schools, she
said that according to the EDO, majority of teachers were reluctant to
going to schools in far-flung areas and many working on 'visas' (a term
used for greasing the palms of officials by teachers to remain absent
from the duty but draw their salaries, regularly).
literacy rate was mere seven per cent in the district as they were the
worst sufferers, said Humaira Alwani and added that 1500 buildings were
permanent threat to the lives of students for being in dangerous
condition while situation in five degree colleges was no different. She
said that some 1,800 students of the Government Degree Boys College
Thatta take their classes in a small auditorium as the college building
was razed for erecting a new structure many months ago.
Though the total strength of lecturers here was 47 but only 12 take
their classes regularly while there were no teachers for physics,
chemistry, mathematics, biology and arts in this college, she said.
The Government Degree College Ghorabari was gifted by Benazir Bhutto in
1998 and it would have helped in educating the youths of four coastal
talukas which include taluka Ghorabari, Keti Bandar and Mirpur Sakro.
The college was handed over to the Education Department in 2000 and
because of the non-approval of the SNE, it could not be made functional
and the entire building was burglarised during these nine years. The
robbers took away with them everything, including doors, windows and
The MPA called upon the Sindh Chief
Minister and Education Minister to take concrete measure for
streamlining the education in this district.
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LUMHS doctors booked for criminal negligence
Hyderabad: Police have lodged a criminal case against four
senior doctors of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences
(LUMHS) on charges of showing criminal negligence and mishandling a
woman's surgery, which led to her death.
According to Jamshoro
police, the case was registered on Tuesday on a compliant lodged by Amir Ali alias Zamir Solangi.
The complainant accused Prof Dr. Aftab Qureshi, Assist Prof Dr. Riaz
Raza, senior registrars Dr. Hamid and Dr. Vash Deve of death of his
sister, Sadori, 35, wife of Ameer Bux Solangi, of Mehar taluka.
Solangi said that he brought his sister to the Jamshoro branch of
the civil hospital on Aug 14 after she suffered a paralysis. She
remained under treatment for some time and showed some improvement but
later Dr. Ashok advised him to consult Prof. Dr. Aftab Qureshi of
neurosurgery on Aug 27.
"I was told that an artery of my
sister's brain is blocked and it could rupture at any time, therefore,
she needs a surgery," Solangi said.
He claimed that he was
told the surgery would cost Rs80,000-Rs100,000 if "it is done in his
(Dr Qureshi's) private clinic because the civil hospital doesn't have
required equipment. But he will charge only Rs40,000 for the operation
at his clinic while she will remain admitted to the hospital's ward to
avoid further expenses."
He agreed to have the surgery and
paid the doctor Rs30,000 on Aug 28 at his clinic. "When I demanded
receipt, which the receptionist was issuing to other patients at the
clinic, the doctor said it will not be possible because he has not
admitted her to his clinic," he said.
He said that he did not
press further and claimed that before his sister's operation scheduled
for Aug 31 Dr. Qureshi told him that his clinic's machine had developed
some fault, therefore, he would operate upon her in the civil hospital
with the assistance of Dr. Riaz Raja, Dr. Hamid Ali and Dr. Vash.
paid him the remaining Rs10,000 the same evening at his clinic
although my sister didn't gain consciousness," he said.
She remained in coma for 12 days and whenever he asked Dr. Qureshi he
would assure him that her condition would normalise soon, he said.
In the meantime he was asked to leave and return to the hospital after
Eid holidays for further treatment if needed. "So I took my sister to
my residence in Kotri," said Solangi, who is working under Benazir
Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme as stock assistant.
Sadori's condition did not improve and he brought her to Kotri taluka
hospital where the doctor on duty advised him to take her to the civil
hospital Hyderabad and he shifted her there accordingly, he said.
Dr. Hameed examined her in the neurology ward of the hospital and also
consulted Dr. Qureshi who again examined her in the Jamshoro branch of
the hospital after she was shifted there on Oct 1.
of my sister's condition I had made it clear to Dr. Qureshi that if
anything happened to her, I will take him to court on charges of
mishandling her case," he said.
She was then was shifted to
the medicine ward-6 where Dr. Samiullah Sheikh observed that she was
suffering from hepatitis-C although she actually needed neurology
Her condition kept worsening and she had to be
shifted to the intensive care unit. "I was called by Prof Aftab, who
offered me to return double the amount I had paid him but I returned
without saying anything because I had realised everything by then,"
Solangi said. At last, he said, Sadori died on Oct 5.
family placed her body on the Indus Highway and blocked traffic,
demanding registration of the case, which the police lodged under
On the other hand Prof. Aftab rejected Solangi's
allegations and said that Sadori was diagnosed with brain atrophy and
her vascular examination showed murmur at tricuspid area.
Aug 31 she was operated upon for shunt insertion by Dr. Mohammad Hamid
and Dr. Vash Deve and after Sept 6 there was no evidence of patient's
stay at the hospital, he claimed.
On Sept 19, she reported
with complaints of unconsciousness and accordingly admitted to
neurosurgery ward. "She was then shifted to Jamshoro on Sept 26 and on
Sept 30 she was diagnosed with chronic liver disease," he said.
"On Oct 5, she fell unconscious. Necessary treatment was being given to
her but she suddenly collapsed and was declared expired," he said. Dawn
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