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HEC instructs universities to fire plagiarist faculty

LAHORE, Aug 19: Higher Education Commission (HEC) has instructed public universities to send reports of their plagiarising faculty members and fire them, said HEC executive director Dr Sohail Naqvi on Saturday.

He said the HEC would stop funding the public universities that would not forward their reports. He said the new plagiarism policy was discussed in the HEC meeting and was approved by all the members present. He said the new policy spelt out very clearly that plagiarism was subject to termination of job.

He said the policy would be sent to all the universities so that their statutory bodies could formally adopt and implement it, adding that HEC had agreed that the universities not following the governance and quality criteria would have their development and recurring projects curtailed.

He said that HEC had a plagiarism software, which had already been sent to nine public universities, including the Punjab University. He said HEC members agreed that teachers should serve as role models for their students and that there should be zero tolerance for plagiarists. According to an HEC official, Dr Naqvi told the meeting that HEC programmes were producing high quality research, improving standards of education and making university education relevant to national needs. The official said that Naqvi highlighted scholarships for studying in universities in the technologically advanced countries, and said that 2,000 scholarships had already been awarded while 1,000 more would be awarded during the current financial year.

The official said the commission also approved the selection board's recommendations regarding the appointment of three people as 'distinguished national professors'.

He said that Dr Attaur Rehman, HEC chairman, told the meeting that HEC was striving to improve the quality of faculty, as it was the mainstay of the learning process. Daily times
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