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PU professor sacked over plagiarism
Lahore, Apr 05: The Punjab University (PU) syndicate on Saturday, confirming plagiarism
charges against the varsity's Institute of Chemistry Prof Dr Zaid
Mahmood, penalised him with forced retirement under the PEEDA Act.
syndicate also granted ex-post facto permission for re-consideration of
an appeal of Abdul Qadir Gilani, son of former Prime Minister Yusuf
Raza Gilani, for restoration of his BA result quashed due to an unfair
mean case (UMC).
The decisions were taken in the 1706th
meeting of the PU syndicate presided over by Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr
Mujahid Kamran. In the last meeting, the syndicate had decided to serve a
show-cause notice on Dr Zaid Mahmood under the PEEDA Act and gave him
an opportunity of personal hearing in the next meeting, held on
Dr Zaid Mahmood appeared before the syndicate
members in person on Saturday but it is learnt he could not defend his
case. Later, the syndicate, after analysing the relevant record, found
that Dr Zaid had plagiarised research articles and decided to penalise
him with forced retirement.
However, according to
sources, one of the syndicate members, Dr Asmatullah, recorded his
dissent note claiming that under the existing rules and policy of both
Higher Education Commission (HEC) and PU itself on plagiarism, Dr Zaid's
research work could not be termed plagiarised. It is learnt Dr
Asmatullah would submit a written dissent note soon, probably on Monday.
Zaid had been claiming that his research papers were published before
2007 and therefore they could not be made a subject of the inquiry as
per the HEC's plagiarism policy. The plagiarism issue had been discussed
at length in the last five meetings of the PU syndicate.
2011, a professor of Institute of Chemistry had filed a complaint
against Dr Zaid alleging him that he had plagiarised research articles.
An inquiry committee, consisting of Lahore College for Women University
(LCWU) Department of Chemistry Chairperson Dr Bushra, DPI Colleges Dr
Jaleel and former PU Additional Registrar Prof Dr Aurangzeb Alamgir,
compared original sources and Dr Zaid's research papers and found that
most of the material was plagiarised.
The PU syndicate
also granted ex post facto approval to an independent disciplinary
committee, constituted in 2010, and its recommendations. The committee
was constituted to hear appeals of candidates against decisions of the
unfair means cases (UMCs) committee.
syndicate approved holding a new inquiry into Gilani's case to review
other allegations. The syndicate approved the proceedings of the
Academic Council and Finance and Planning Committee. The meeting also
approved vice chancellor's 17 orders issued using his anticipatory
powers under Section 15(3) of the PU Act 1973 regarding appointment of
various heads of departments. The news
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Member questions PU Syndicate's credibility in plagiarism case
Lahore: Punjab University Syndicate member Dr Asmatullah has challenged the body's decision of handing down a major
penalty of forced retirement to Institute of Chemistry's Prof Dr Zaid
Mahmood in a plagiarism case, asserting that the accused has been
punished for a crime he did not commit.
"This has raised many questions on the credibility of the Syndicate," he observed.
Asmatullah, in his note of dissent submitted to the vice chancellor's
office on Monday, stated the accused had appeared before the Syndicate
in person and explained his case duly endorsed with relevant documents
and "none of the Syndicate members dared cross-examine him".
Syndicate members, Justice Mazahar Ali Naqvi, PEEF Vice President Dr
Amjad Saqib, Higher Education Commission representative Rozina Alam Khan
and MPA Majid Zahoor, were not present in the meeting.
The Higher Education Department's deputy secretary had attended the meeting in place of the additional secretary (academics).
The governor's nominee Raghib Naeemi attended the meeting even though his tenure had expired.
said he was attending on the invitation of the university
establishment. "The PU establishment has assured me that I can attend
the meeting by law till a new nominee is notified," he added.
the Syndicate revisit its decision taken in its 1,706th meeting on
March 29, Dr Asmatullah observed the verdict against the accused had
been announced without valid/legal grounds, as justice and fair play
demanded a regular inquiry under the law be conducted first.
matter should proceed further only after holding a regular inquiry
strictly in accordance with the Higher Education Commission plagiarism
policy, he said.
The Syndicate member said Prof Mahmood had
challenged in the Lahore High Court an unlawful plagiarism inquiry
initiated against him by the Punjab University on two of his research
papers in 2011. The court in its Nov 20, 2013 decision had ordered that
"the impugned show-cause notice dated Aug 13, 2011 shall be deemed to be
ineffective as it stands disowned by the university".
light of the plagiarism evaluation report prepared by the PU Main
Library using purpose-built software 'Turnitin', he stated the
allegation of plagiarism levelled against the accused was "baseless" as
the similarity index stood at 11pc and 15pc, which was "very much within
the acceptable limits" given by the HEC and approved by the PU
He said the allegedly plagiarised two research papers
had been published before 2007 and could not be subjected to an inquiry
as per HEC policy.
Dr Asmatullah stated it was on record that the
university administration, after a decision on a writ petition, had
placed the case of Prof Mahmood in its 1,702nd Syndicate meeting on Nov
23, 2013 for seeking permission to conduct an inquiry against him.
Syndicate "granted approval to conduct a regular inquiry" and minutes
of the meeting were confirmed by the Syndicate in its next meeting on
Jan 4 this year.
But he alleged that the PU administration had
distorted facts and wrongly stated that the "inquiry committee after an
inquiry has submitted its report/recommendation" in the 1,705th
Syndicate meeting held on Feb 1.
In fact, he stated, no inquiry had been conducted and no fresh notice served to the accused for seeking his opinion.
He said the Syndicate could not make an informed decision because proper facts were not placed before the Syndicate.
the old inquiry report of Nov 16, 2011 on the agenda of 1,705th meeting
of the Syndicate was itself a sheer violation of Syndicate decision
taken in the 1,702nd meeting and also tantamount to flouting the order
of the LHC."
Dr Asmatullah also brought on record that Prof
Mahmood was in litigation with Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran on
the issue of fake bachelors degree of former prime minister Yousaf Raza
Gilani's son Abdul Qadir Gilani.
The VC had left the Syndicate's
Feb 1 meeting when Prof Mahmood's plagiarism case was taken up. However,
Prof Kamran continued chairing the latest Syndicate meeting, which took
a decision against the accused.
PU Registrar Prof Dr Amin Athar,
who is secretary to the Syndicate and had attended the 1,706th
Syndicate meeting on March 29, did not respond to phone calls or
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Over 30,000 books sold at PU fair
Lahore: A large number of people from different walks of life, including
students, writers, doctors, lawyers, engineers and journalists, visited
Punjab University's book fair on its second day on Friday.
According to organisers, over 30,000 books were sold on the first day of Pakistan's largest book fair.
the second day, a large number of children, senior citizens and special
persons were also seen visiting book stalls and visitors were found
taking maximum benefit of concessions on books.
to media while visiting the book fair, PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid
Kamran said knowledge was a must for the development and prosperity. He
said only those nations were wealthy and developed who were
knowledgeable. He said parents must attract their children towards
books. He said the purpose of book fair being organised by the
administration was to provide books of all kinds on concession rates
under one roof.
Senior journalist Atta-ur-Rehman, during
his visit with the Vice Chancellor, said it was obligation for all the
Muslims to gain knowledge. He said it was a matter of pleasure that PU
administration had provided a good chance to book lovers. He said the
provision of books on low rates was a source to attract people towards
books and he was happy to see a great number of people at book fair.
visitors of the book fair said they were thankful to PU administration
for providing varieties of books on reasonable prices which would help
promote study culture in society. They also lauded the security and
sanitation arrangements. Many visitors were of the view that such
activities must be organised continuously in all the universities so
that people could purchase maximum books on discounted prices.
book fair will continue on Saturday (today) till 8:00pm. As per
tradition, a large number of families are likely to throng the book fair
on the concluding day.
Meanwhile, Jamat-e-Islami (JI)
leader Liaqat Baloch also visited the PU book fair and a large number of
Islami Jamiat Talaba (IJT) activists were present there to receive him
who also chanted slogans.
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Five PhDs awarded
Lahore: Punjab University (PU) on Tuesday awarded PhD degrees to five scholars in different subjects.
to a press release, Hamood-ur-Rehman s/o Muhammad Ajmal Khan has been
awarded a PhD degree in the subject of Mathematics after the approval of
his thesis titled "Use of Reproducing Kernel Hilbert Space Functions to
Solve Boundary Value Problems", Rana Zahid Mahmood s/o Rana Abdus Salam
in the subject of Islamic Studies after the approval of his thesis
titled "Seerat-u-Nabi and Barre-Saghir Ka Tafseeri
Adab...Tehqiq-o-Taqabli Mutala", Abdul Haleem s/o Abdul Hameed in the
subject of Medicine (Community Dentistry) after the approval of his
thesis titled "School Based Strategies for Oral Health Education and
Examination of Adolescents ", Sumaira Aslam d/o Muhammad Aslam in the
subject of Zoology after the approval of her thesis titled "Bacteria of
Carbon and Nitrogen Cycles from a Chromium Influenced Area for
Rehabilitating Contaminated Soils" and Shahla Nargis Mir d/o Sultan
Mehmood Mir in the subject of Molecular Biology after the approval of
her thesis titled "Association Between Milk Protein Polymorphism and
Milk Production Traits in Sahiwal Cattle". The news
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PU ICS students' week began
Lahore: Provincial Minister for Education and Sports Rana Mashhood
Ahmed Khan will inaugurate the Students' Week 2014 at the Punjab
University's Institute of Communication Studies today (Monday). Sports
DG Usman Anwar, PU VC Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran, PU Director (Sports) Syed
Mansoor Sarwar and Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences Dean Prof
Dr Zakriya Zakir will be among other guests. The students' week will
include debates in English, Urdu and Punjabi on 'Media Sensationalism Vs
Responsibility', 'Andaz-e-bayan rang badal dayta hai' and 'Global
Village tay sahafi banan walay munday kuriyan'. Apart from debates, a
sports gala, qirat and naat competition and cultural day will also be
organised. The cultural day will include stall decoration, national song
singing competition, street theatre and fancy dress competition in
which students will dress in accordance with different cultures. The
sports will include competition and matches of cricket, football, table
tennis, badminton, chess, luddo, tug of war and other races. The
students are showing great enthusiasm for the event and a large number
of students are getting registered for the games. The student's week
will end on April 4, 2014. Daily times
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Class V, VIII results declared
Lahore: The Punjab Examination Commission on
Monday declared the results of Class-V and VIII annual examinations for
2014 showing 55.95 per cent and 76.83pc results, respectively.
Class-V examination, as many as 1,378,800 candidates appeared out of
whom 756,536 were declared successful showing a pass percentage of
The PEC has, however, promoted 82pc students to Class-VI on the basis of 20pc marks in all subjects.
Class-VIII examination, as many as 1,085,777 candidates appeared out of
whom 815,860 candidates were declared successful showing a pass
percentage of 76.83. Dawn
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Private campuses notch up top positions
Lahore: The students of private schools from Muzaffargarh and Gujranwala districts
outshined others as they bagged overall top positions in grade-5 and
grade-8 Annual Examinations 2014.
Commission (PEC) announced the results on Monday evening according to
which the overall pass percentage in Class-5 is 59.9 percent while that
of Class-8 is 76.83 percent.
Over two million students
had appeared in both the exams, conducted by the PEC on uniform basis
across the province in February this year. The Commission was supposed
to announce the result on Monday morning however it failed and the
result was uploaded on the PEC website http://www.pec.edu.pk/ around
All day the candidates and their parents remained
worried and confused about their fate despite visiting their respective
schools and offices of district education authorities. Later in the
evening when the result was uploaded on the Commission's website, it
also remained chocked for quite sometime owing to heavy load of
visitors. This added to the miseries of already suffering innocent
students and their parents. Sources in the EDO Education and DPI
(Elementary) offices said that, apart from telephone calls, a large
number of students accompanied by their parents kept visiting these
offices on Monday morning to know about their results but to no avail.
overall first position in garde-5 examination was shared by three
students including Muhammad Kamran of Muzaffargarh, Sobia of Nankana
Sahib and M Kumail of Lodhran, each securing 490 marks.
second position was also shared by three students of Muzaffargarh
including Mohsin Safdar, Samiullah and Osama Anees who secured 489 marks
each. The third position was clinched by Shoaib Akbar of Muzaffargarh
with 488 marks.
The overall first position in garde-8 was
bagged by Mahnoor of Gujranwala with 498 marks, Shafeen Bashir Butt of
Gujranwala clinched second position with 497 marks while Waleed Ashiq of
Muzaffargarh bagged the third position with 496 marks.
Lahore, Nimra Ali, a student of a public school bagged first position
in grade-5 exam with 463 marks, Amna Shafqat second with 452 marks and M
Muzzammil third with 449 marks. In grade-8 examination, from Lahore, a
private student Fatima Zahra bagged first position with 481 marks, Syed
Muhammad second with 478 marks and Muhammad Osama third with 469 marks.
The grade-5 and 8 exams were held in February this year and during
both exams there were reports of leakage of question papers which caused
great embarrassment to the PEC and the Punjab government. The PEC
management had to cancel paper of mathematics of grade-8 at the eleventh
hour on February 14 following reports of leakage of the question paper
while a question paper of grade-5 was also reportedly leaked on February
PEC Chief Executive Officer
Nasir Iqbal Malik said the Commission had not announced that it would
declare the result on Monday morning. He said it was really a
challenging task to declare the result of these huge examinations in
such a limited time. He said now the districts had also been provided
with result CDs and the result gazette.
The PEC chief
executive officer (CEO), confirming the overall pass percentage and
names of the higher achievers, said 33 percent was set as a benchmark
for qualifying the exams.
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Over 1,000 Punjab teachers unpaid for seven months
Islamabad: The Punjab government which has billions to spend on youth festivals but
has very little for education and over thousands of temporary lecturers
running the higher education system of the province have not been paid
their salaries for the last seven months.
In order to
overcome the shortage of teaching staff in the public sector colleges of
the province the Punjab government recruited fresh graduates from the
province as a stopgap arrangement. However the Punjab government has
failed to pay these more than 1000 teachers for last seven months. Not
only this, but the government repeated the same exercise last year and
paid their salary (stipend) after six months.
well-placed source in Punjab's Higher Education Ministry informed that not only this year but 293 interns of previous year's
programme are yet to be paid. Majority of them then went to court so
that they could get their salaries.
When contacted the
secretary Ministry of Higher Education referred to contact deputy
secretary budget of the ministry.Deputy Secretary Budget Khalid Bashir
confirmed that payments of these interns have been delayed however a
summary has already been approved.
"We have sent summary
of Rs500 million to Finance Ministry in order to pay the salaries of
these interns and hopefully the ministry would approve it in a day or
two," said Mr Khalid.The source further informed that the programme
since its beginning was controversial as the local political leadership
has directly been involved in the process of recruitment as got their
closed one appointed as CTIs.
The official further
informed that Punjab government normally has the reputation of following
the rules in regular recruitment. However the recruitment of CTIs has
been made on political basis and local political leaders and MPs of
ruling party have forcefully inducted their closed one as CTIs.
the government had planned that these interns would work against vacant
posts including those of lecturers and assistant professors in
different colleges across the province. The basic qualification required
for CTIs was set as Masters degree while both male and female teachers
Last time the government recruited almost 3000
lecturers in June 2012 and currently almost 4000 seats of lecturers are
vacant but the government is running the affairs through these interns.
is pertinent to mention here that, before last two years the Ministry
of Higher Education had appointed around 2,000 Honorary Teaching
Assistants (HTAs) against a monthly salary (stipend) of Rs8,000. The
HTAs had to face great trouble as most of them were paid after three or
The term HTA was taken wrongly because many
of the interns were shifted to school for the teaching purpose. However,
this term HTAs was replaced with College Teaching Interns (CTIs) to
make it clear that the candidates belonged to colleges only.
non-payment of the salaries these CTIs initially had to face agitation
from the regular staff of the colleges concerned as none of them
welcomed them warmly. Initially the principals of most of the colleges
refused to give them any slot and did not allow them to deliver any
lecture however upon the clear cut instruction of the provincial
government they were adjusted. The news
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Adult literacy rate increases to 57pc
Islamabad: Pakistan's adult literacy rate has increased to 57 per cent in 2012-13 from 55pc in the previous year.
adult literacy rate is based on 15-year plus age group. It is on lower
side in women all over the country with few exceptions of major cities
like Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. It is highest in Punjab with 50pc
and lowest in Balochistan with 18pc.
These are the findings of
Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement Survey 2012-13
conducted by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics.
The survey covered 75,520 households all over the country.
adult literacy rate in Islamabad is 84pc. Karachi with 81pc has highest
among districts and Kohlu with 8pc lowest.The literacy level of
population in age group of 10 years and above has risen to 60pc from
58pc during the year under review. Literacy remains much higher in urban
areas than in rural areas and much higher in men than in women.
with 62pc has the highest literacy level and Balochistan with 44pc the
lowest. Islamabad with 86pc and Rawalpindi and Karachi with 82pc are on
the higher side. Dera Bugti with 16pc has the lowest literacy rate in
The net enrolment rate (NER) for primary schools
(age 5-9) at national level has increased marginally to 57pc from 56pc.
Punjab leads with 62pc and Balochistan with 45pc has the lowest rate.
NER in Islamabad was recorded at 82pc. At the district level, Chakwal
with 83pc is at the top and Dera Bugti with 9pc is at the bottom. Dawn
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Lahore: University of Education has awarded a PhD degree to Abida Batool, D/O Muhammad Ali,
after the approval of her thesis in the subject of Urdu. Her thesis
entitled "Urdu Classiki Shaeri Ki Tadveen Ka Fun AurTadveen-e-Nau." The news
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UET student arrested for injuring watchman
Kohat: A clash between the students of Kohat campus of the University
of Engineering and Technology (UET), Peshawar, and class-IV employees
landed a watchman in hospital on Monday.
A student of the final
year of civil engineering department, Noor Islam, was handed over to
Saddar police and a case was registered against him for beating
watchman, Farhan, whose condition was stated to be serious.
to sources, Mr Islam went home after appearing in the ongoing
examinations daily and allowed the watchman, Farhan, to stay in his room
in the hostel in his absence.
On Monday, Mr Islam asked the
watchman to vacate his room as he would be living there during rest of
the examination, but the watchman started using bad language against him
and refused to vacate the room, said the sources.
The brawl intensified and the class-IV employees came for the help of their colleague and beat the student.
dozens of students gathered there and thrashed the watchman and other
class-IV employees. The watchman Farhan was shifted to divisional
headquarters hospital, KDA.
The police arrested the student and registered a case against him. Dawn
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