Karachi University plagiarism cases & administration
No decision yet in KU plagiarism cases
Karachi, Sept 21: The Karachi University administration is moving at a
snail's pace to decide the two plagiarism cases involving three senior
teachers, giving rise to speculations that officials might have struck
"compromises" to give maximum benefits to the accused, it has been learnt.
Interviews with university teachers indicated that the prolonged
procedure adopted by the administration to institute inquiries into the
cases was unprecedented in the institution's plagiarism history.
While plagiarism charges against two professors proved twice during the
proceedings, which continued for almost two years, no action has been
taken against them so far. Both teachers retired last year.
Rejecting the media reports in January that the KU syndicate had
"spared" the retired teachers, KU vice-chancellor Prof (Dr) Pirzada
Qasim Raza Siddiqui had told this reporter that the syndicate "has
sought a legal advice in the matter. So, it is not correct to report
that the syndicate has declined to take action [against the retired
More than seven months have passed, but the legal
advice is still awaited. The retired teachers are: Prof (Dr) Saeed
Arayne and his wife Prof (Dr) Najma Sultana, a former chairman of
chemistry department and an ex-dean of pharmacy faculty, respectively.
The other case of plagiarism relates to Prof (Dr) Jalaluddin Ahmed
Noori, a dean of Islamic studies faculty, against whom a number of
allegations have been raised time and again.
It is worth noting
that Karachi University looks into plagiarism cases under the rules and
regulations related to misconduct because the university does not have a
had initiated an internal inquiry to establish whether plagiarism had
actually been committed by the three teachers.
committee found the level of plagiarism as "major" in the case related
to Prof Arayne and Prof Sultana, stating that there was evidence of
"several other cases of plagiarism by Prof Arayne."
plagiarism was also found to be committed by Prof Noori whose case was
investigated by Dr Rizwan Ali Nadvi, a research scholar and KU examiner.
While a contract teacher, Dr Zakia Bibi, was sacked on
plagiarism charges, the three senior teachers were suspended after the
findings of the committee were approved in a syndicate meeting in May
2009. Prof Arayne and Prof Sultana were research supervisors to Dr Zakia
in the same case.
Then, the university requested retired
justices Haziq-ul-Khairi and Saleem Akhtar to investigate the cases and
establish the charges. However, the mandate given to the retired
justices didn't include recommendation of penalties.
As a result of this inquiry, plagiarism charges were again established.
In January this year, the university decided to appoint retired justice
Nadeem Azhar Siddiqui as an inquiry officer in Prof Noori's case while a
legal advice, according to the vice chancellor, was sought in the case
relating to Prof Arayne and Prof Sultana.
teachers question the reasons for conducting multiple inquiries into the
two cases. "Once the scale of plagiarism had been decided through an
internal inquiry, the university should have appointed an inquiry
officer to wrap up the case rather than going for a third inquiry," a
teacher said. The teachers said that the prolonged inquiries helped the
suspended professors to get full perks and privileges.
Despite repeated attempts, the vice chancellor could not be contacted for comments.
A top official of the university, however, said that the Prof
Noori's case proceedings had been completed and its report would be
presented in a syndicate meeting within the next two weeks.
was of the opinion that the university could not take action against
retired teachers and their case stood closed. "It's enough humiliation
that they retired with charges of plagiarism. Their names have been
listed on the Higher Education Commission's website that shows them as
plagiarists. They are no more eligible for a teaching job at any
institution," he said.
Senior KU teachers, however, argued that
the teachers were very much in service when the cases were initiated
against them and the university could easily penalise them by
withholding their pension, gratuity benefits or provident funds as was
stated in the KU code.
According to the university code:
"Subject to any order of the authority or of the chancellor, as the case
may be, made on compassionate grounds, a university employee who is
removed or dismissed shall not be entitled to any pension, provident
fund or gratuity benefits accruing from university contributions to his
provident fund account."
While the university has not taken any
action against the senior regular teachers, it immediately sacked the
contract teacher on plagiarism charges without even serving a
show-cause. Dr Zakia, who did her research under Prof Arayne and Prof
Sultana, had also been listed on the HEC website.
brief about the history of plagiarism at the KU, teachers said that
charges in such cases were proved many times in the past but hardly ever
a punishment was awarded. "Usually, an inquiry committee comprising one
or two members are set up to investigate a matter which is later hushed
up," a teacher said.
In some cases, he added, teachers were asked to "rectify" their PhD thesis after degrees had been awarded to them.
Two such cases were related to Prof Noori (1994) and Dr Mehmood
Ghaznavi (1998) of the mass communication department. Prof Noori was
awarded a PhD degree in 1989. In 1994, he submitted the "rectified"
version, which was again found to be plagiarised upon examination by Dr
Rizwan Ali Nadvi in 2008.
However, the university failed to
take any action against Prof Noori. The professor is also accused of
holding dual national identity cards inscribed with different dates of
birth. He was once demoted on this allegation, but later exonerated in a
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affected by floods with some 5,000 schools turned into relief camps and
structures of around 2,400 schools in kutcha area completely damaged,
said Provincial Senior/ Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq on Monday.
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managements of private schools have made temporary arrangements to carry
on educational activities in relief camps, he said while addressing a
press conference at the Circuit House.
Steering Committee of
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for facilitating students regarding reopening of schools, extension in
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Home Economics for the year 2010-11 has been allowed according to the
Education Department notification, DGCS/CAP/171/10. The college's
principal has now authority to give admissions to the interested
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the CAP placement list, should contact the college office, she said. The
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