Governor forms two committees to probe PU plagiarism
LAHORE, Sept 26: Governor Khalid Maqbool on Tuesday constituted two
committees to investigate plagiarism cases that were unearthed at the Punjab
The government has ordered to form a committee
consisting of Board of Revenue member Safdar Javed Syed, University of Health
Sciences Vice Chancellor Dr MH Mubashir and PU's Prof Abdul Rauf Shakoori. The
committee will investigate the plagiarism cases and submit a report to the
The PU had stopped the increments of six teachers who had
published their articles in international journals and had been accused of
plagiarism. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) had termed the punishment soft
and demanded a tougher action. The committee formed by the governor would review
the decision of the PU's committee on the plagiarism.
PU Centre for
Higher Energy Physics (CHEP) director Dr Fazl-e-Aleem, Rashid Ahmad, Sohail
Afzal Tahir, M Aslam Saeed and Maqsood Ahmad in April 2006 were accused of
plagiarism. The teachers were accused of giving no credit to their sources.
The other committee consists of UHS VC Prof Malik H Mubashir and Prof
Muhammad Ashraf, chairman of the University of Agriculture's Botany Department.
The committee will review the case against PU Psychology and Applied
Psychology Departments chairman Mian Aftab Ahmed, who is also accused of
plagiarism. A complaint against Ahmed had been forwarded by ex PU vice
chancellor but the PU had absolved him of the charges.
Assurance Advisor Dr Riaz Qureshi said that the HEC had written a
letter to the governor that the commission was not satisfied with the PU's
decision on the charges. He said HEC Chairman Attaur Rehman and HEC Executive
Director Dr Sohail H Naqvi also had taken up the plagiarism issue with the
A PU teacher, requesting anonymity, said that due to the PU's
stand on plagiarism, people were questioning all Pakistani universities'
educational standards. He said various countries including the US, Italy and
China had asked the PU to inquire the issue. He said four international
conferences scheduled to be held at the PU had been postponed because of the
plagiarism issue. He said the HEC was also not willing to release its grants to
PU Registrar Dr Naeem Ahmed Khan said the PU had already
forwarded Mian Aftab Ahmed's report for an investigation. Daily Times
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|Updated: 14 Oct, 2014|