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Peshawar University VC plagiarism | RBISE manual system

Peshawar University VC found involved in plagiarism
Islamabad, Aug 17: University of Peshawar Vice Chancellor Dr Azmat Hayat Khan has been found involved in plagiarism by the three-member committee of Higher Education Commission (HEC) that was constituted to probe into the matter.

According to sources, HEC has submitted its report to Governor Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) who is also the Chancellor of the University in which it has been clearly stated that the VC has been involved in plagiarism.

According to the information, Dr Khan, a former director of the Area Study Centre has been accused by a university teacher Muhammad Zubair, of including in his book titled 'The Durand Land: Its Geo Strategic Importance', published in 2000 by Area Study Centre, University of Peshawar, and Hanns Seidel Foundation, some passages from the book 'Pak-Afghan Relations', written by Dr Kulwant Kaur of Jammu University, Jammu, and published by Deep and Deep publications in 1985.

As per plagiarism policy, vice chancellors are responsible to constitute the plagiarism standing committee and committee will report to him but in this case the complaint is against the VC himself.

Muhammad Zubair has also approached Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) and in his appeal dated May 3, 2011 in which he said that HEC policy on plagiarism, if made applicable to charges of plagiarism against the sitting VC, is fundamentally flawed and illegal as it authorises the VC to investigate the charges of plagiarism and constitute the Plagiarism Standing Committee of the University for that matter. The policy makes the VC a judge in his own cause and that if the VC takes no action in pursuance of the HEC's direction, nothing could be done by the HEC till the expiry of 90 days.

Finding itself toothless in the said situation, HEC asked the Governor KPK to intervene and conduct an independent, impartial and unbiased enquiry against the incumbent VC, being fully in charge of the university.

However, the Governor wrote letter to HEC and authorised it to constitute a committee to probe into the matter. "Keeping in view the gravity of the situation, the Governor/chancellor has been pleased to desire that the HEC may constitute a committee under its own supervision and furnish findings/ recommendations for the perusal of the honourable Governor KPK," The letter said.

It is pertinent to mention here that Challenging the jurisdiction and authority of Higher Education Commission (HEC) in dealing with the cases of plagiarism, University of Peshawar Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Azmat Hayat Khan has filed a writ petition in Peshawar High Court in which he has asked the apex court to refrain the commission from taking any action on the grounds of alleged plagiarism against him.

According to the copy of petition available to this scribe, the petitioner claimed that HEC cannot assume unto it jurisdiction to entertain and adjudicate upon any alleged act of plagiarism hence the very initiation of proceedings to this effect would have no backing from law laid down on the subject hence liable to interference by this august court in exercise of constitutional jurisdiction.

HEC Chairperson Dr Javaid Laghari confirmed that the report of the inquiry committee has been submitted to KPK, however, he has refused to make any comment on the findings of the report.

On the other hand, the complainant Mohammad Zubair believes that some political leaders of ANP were trying to cover VC by stopping the Governor to take any action against him. "What is the point for not taking any action against the VC when the findings have been submitted to the Governor," he said. The news

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College leaves students in the lurch in Peshawar
Peshawar: In a glaring example of lack of regulation, a private degree college closed down its operations, sold out the building and shifted the students under the control of another institution without their consent, sources said.

Amina Degree College for Women (ADCW), Hayatabad, shut down its business of education and handed over its around 200 girl students to the Institute of Computer and Management Sciences (ICMS), one of the parents said on condition of anonymity.

"The City School, Peshawar Campus, has bought the building of the ADCW and its students have been shifted to the ICMS," an official of the City School told this correspondent.

The parents are worried about the future of their children after change of their college without their consent. When many students refused to continue their education in the ICMS, its administration asked them to pay Rs12,000 each for the college leaving certificate.

The parents complained that their children were virtually sold out like goats and sheep by the ADCW administration.

One parent said that his daughter was on summer vacations and a few days back she got a phone call from the ICMS administration to come to the institute for education at the end of the vacations as their college had shut down its operations.

The man, who opted not to named, said that his daughter was asked to receive the detail marks certificate (DMC) of the first year's exam from the ICMS and take admission there in the part-II of pre-engineering group of intermediate.

He said that when he approached the ICMS administration for college leaving certificate and migration certificate of his daughter the administration adopted delaying tactics and didn't give him the certificate even after several visits.

He said that the ICMS first tried to force him to admit her daughter, but when he refused the administration asked him to pay Rs12,000 for leaving the college.

He said that afterwards he brought the matter into the notice of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Peshawar, chairman Prof Mohammad Shafi, who intervened and started issuing migration certificates to the students on behalf of the board.

When contacted, owner of the ICMS Tajjamul Hayat said that the administration of the ADCW had handed him over the students as it had stopped operating the college and sold the building to the City School.

He said that there were around 100 students of graduate classes and 40 of part-II of intermediate level. Asked about the Rs12,000 charges for college leaving certificate, he said they wanted to retain maximum students given to his educational institution.

"Now we have started giving certificates and six girl students have left the college," he said and added that they had not paid any money to the administration of ADCW for accepting their students.

The owner and principal of the ADCW could not be contacted despite repeated attempts. Dawn

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RBISE reverts to manual system
Rawalpindi: Following the failure of the online system, the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Rawalpindi has reverted to the old manual system for collecting forms for supplementary examinations of the Secondary School Certificate.

Students can submit their form with single fee on August 22, with double fee on August 29 and triple fee would be charged on September 7.

Although the board has announced the date for the submission of forms for supplementary examination, but there are a number of students, who are still waiting for their annual results.

Sources in RBISE said that more then 600 students are still waiting for their results and visiting the board office daily. Not only the late results, but around 1,000 cases of unfair means are also pending, the sources added.

The sources said that the board has adopted old system for the collection of forms for supplementary examination, as the high officials don't want to face more problems because of this online system.

A student on the condition of anonymity told this scribe, "I am visiting the board office daily to get my result, but it seems that the RBISE would take more time to announce results."

He said there are many students like him who are visiting the board office daily to get their results and if the board would take more time to announce their results then who would pay their double or triple fee for supplementary examination. "The higher authorities should take notice and announce the remaining results as soon as possible," he added.

When contacted RBISE official spokesman Arsalan Cheema, he said they were issuing the results to the students who were approaching them. "Board is trying its best to announce all the results and so far RBISE have announced results of more then 400 students out of 1,200 candidates," he added.

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President signs regulation for Wana Cadet College
Islamabad: President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday signed the regulation for establishment of the Wana Cadet College in South Waziristan Agency.

The prime minister, during his address at the Governor House, Peshawar, on August 27, 2008, had announced the establishment of six cadet colleges to promote quality education and provide better educational opportunities to the youth of Fata. Following the announcement, the government established the Wana Cadet College, which is functional since April last.

The president, under Article 247 (5) of the Constitution, approved and signed the regulations for the college. The president empowered the board of the cadet college to make rules, with the prior approval of the federal government, for carrying out the purposes of the regulation. The news

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