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HEC directives, plagiarism in PhD

HEC issues fresh directives to check plagiarism in PhD
Islamabad, Aug 27: Given rising incidents of plagiarism, especially in the recent past, the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has directed all universities that the plagiarism test must be conducted on PhD dissertation before its submission to two experts from academically advanced countries in addition to local committee's members.

The letter sent by HEC to all private and public sector universities stated that acceptance of at least one research papers in HEC-approved 'X' category journal is a requirement for award of PhD degree ('Y' in case of Social Sciences only).

It is pertinent to mention here that a recent row between an assistant professor and vice chancellor of University of Peshawar over authentication of their PhD degrees has raised the eyebrows of the concerned authorities.

HEC is currently investigating the plagiarism cases of six academicians including Muhammad Sulleman Memon, assistant professor at Department of Computer System Engineering, Quaid-i-Awam University of Engineering and Technology, Nawabshah; Jalaluddin Noori, assistant professor at Department of Islamic Learning, University of Karachi; Dr. Saulat Siddique, Department of Cardiology, University of Health Sciences, Lahore; Dr. M. Nouman Ahmed, associate professor at Arabic Department, University of Peshawar; Professor Dr. G. R. Pasha, Department of Statistics and Electrical Engineering, BZU, Multan; and Shaheen Khan, Department of Political Science, University of Karachi.

It also stated that the maximum number of PhD students under the supervision of a full time faculty member is five that may be increased to eight under special circumstances in certain teaching departments subject to prior approval of HEC.

It has also been directed that a subject test conducted by the National Testing Service (NTS) or ETS, USA in the area of specialisation chosen at the PhD level must be cleared prior to admission for the PhD programme.

"If the test is not available in NTS subject list, then a University Committee consisting of at least 3 PhD faculty members in the subject area and approved by the HEC will conduct the test at par with GRE Subject Test and qualifying score for this will be 70%," the letter said.

HEC has asked all the relevant persons that if they want to give information about alleged plagiarism, a complaint is to be made by email, post, fax or other means to HEC Quality Assurance Division or respective Universities/Organisations. In case of lodging a complaint in the form of a letter, copy may be sent to HEC. The complainant must provide citation of the original paper or document or idea, which was plagiarised, (paper title, author(s), publication title, month and year of publication if available and the journal, in which published, with details). If the original paper is unpublished (e.g. an institutional technical report, an online paper), the complainant is to provide as much information as possible to ensure authenticity of the claim. The news

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School secy directed to resolve transfer issue of teacher
Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC), on Friday, directed school education secretary to resolve matter pertaining to the cancellation of transfer order of a lady teacher from Jhang district.

The court issued the directions while hearing a petition filed by Mussarat Yasmin against cancellation of her transfer. The petitioner's counsel submitted that on July 25, a teacher, Fouzia, was transferred to Chak Shumali School, Jhang. However, he added that later, on the intervention of MPA Yaqoob Sheikh, Fouzia was transfered and Mussarat was appointed in her place.

After a few days, however, Mussarat's transfer was cancelled and Fouzia was reappointed for the post. On Friday, the department's counsel submitted a report stating that Mussarat's transfer was done on political grounds while Fouzia was transferred on merit. After hearing both the sides, the court disposed of the petition and directed education secretary to decide the issue within one month. Daily times

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PU announces week-long holidays
Lahore: The Punjab University on Friday announced Eid holidays from Aug 29 to Sept 2.

As the university observes Saturdays and Sundays as closed days, there will be prolonged holidays for students from Aug 27.

The university has also notified that the teaching/non-teaching departments will observe Saturdays (Sept 10 and 17) as working days in lieu of holidays on Monday and Tuesday (Aug 29 and 30).

Meanwhile, some private schools have also closed for Eid vacation from Saturday (today). The Punjab government is, however, yet to notify summer vacation in public-sector schools and colleges.

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LCWU offers admission to MA TESOL
Lahore: The Lahore College for Women University has offered admissions to M.A TESOL (Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages) two-year programme, which has been designed for in-service teachers of English at school, college and university levels, as well as for fresh graduates or postgraduates intending to take up teaching as a career.

The candidates having B.A/B.Sc or BS (Honours) or M.A/M.Sc from any recognised university and in-service teachers of English at school, college and university levels are eligible to apply. The university will hold classes from 3pm to 5pm to facilitate the in-service teachers.

The students having diploma in TESOL, ELT or TEFL from any other recognised college/university are eligible to apply for admission to M.A TESOL Part-II directly.

Candidates can submit their admission forms by Sept 7, interviews will be held at TESOL department on Sept 14 at 10am, merit list will be displayed on Sept 20 and classes will commence from Oct 3, 2011. Dawn

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