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HEC received 104 plagiarism cases since 2006
Islamabad, Dec 12: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) received 104 plagiarism cases from different stakeholders since 2006, out of which 86 cases have been resolved while 18 are in the process at university or HEC level, HEC Chairman Dr Javaid Laghari said here on Saturday.

Addressing the members of the Quality Assurance Division, Dr Laghari reiterated HEC's commitment to ensure quality at all levels of the higher education without any compromise. "We must also remember that justice delayed is justice denied," he said.

The chairman said that the Plagiarism Policy, circulated by HEC in 2007, provides complete guidance about process of investigation, procedure for constitution of Plagiarism Standing Committee and punishment, etc. "The policy apprises students, faculty members and staff who are involved in research about plagiarism, its different manifestations and about respective consequences and punishments," he said.

Dr Laghari said that the universities are expected to address the major reasons of plagiarism, which are generally time management, promotion stress, imbalanced workload distribution among teachers, weaker writing skills, different educational background, new learning environment and lack of research publications culture at the universities.

"These factors may contribute towards an environment where researchers reproduce already published information with their names so that they may be promoted on time," he said.

The universities are required to constitute a Plagiarism Standing Committee comprising three senior professors, one subject expert and an HEC nominee, and a student representative if case pertains to any student. They are given 90 days to investigate the case. In case a university is not taking any action, HEC Plagiarism Standing Committee plays its part and may blacklist those faculty members, who are not entitled for any financial benefit from HEC.

He said that HEC provided the Plagiarism Detection Service to all public and private sector universities for capacity building as well as facilitated them to implement the plagiarism policy with greater efficiency. "This service helps in identifying similarities with the online content."

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HEC chairman for formulation of National Innovation Policy
Islamabad: The formulation of a National Innovation Policy is the dire need of the hour to change the mindset relating to promoting research and entrepreneurship in the country, said Higher Education Commission (HEC) Chairperson Dr Javaid Laghari during an exclusive interview.

"Government incentives are required to encourage industries to invest in research. There should be tax rebate on research projects as it would encourage entrepreneurs to experiment new ideas instead of copying the old ones," he said.

Laghari highlighted the role of different government departments that are stakeholders in promoting research. "The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), Ministry of Commerce (MOC), Ministry of Science and Technology and Planning Commission, all should be taken on board while formulating the national innovation policy as they all can play an important role in facilitating the research process and encouraging entrepreneurship," he said.

He said that it was the right time to make the people realise about the fact that it was better to create employment instead of seeking employment. "It is better to be a CEO of a company instead of working under a CEO. If five out of 100 graduates become successful entrepreneurs, then we are successful," he said.

He said that the HEC was taking a lead in encouraging students to become entrepreneurs and for that purpose they are trying to bridge the gap between academia and industry. "We are planning to launch a scheme under which the HEC would 80 percent financially support a research project while the rest of 20 percent has to be financed by the industry," he added.

Laghari believed the ideas that students have are great but unfortunately these can't cross the university campuses. "These ideas require polishing. They require finances to become a product. We have to pull the industries towards universities to give students a chance," he said.

He appreciated Tie-The Indus Entrepreneurs (Islamabad Chapter) that is holding the All-Asia Business Plan Competition (AABPC), an international programme designed in conjunction with the Rice University Business Plan Competition to give an opportunity to entrepreneurs, professionals, faculty members and students to compete together as a team. "It is not 1.5 million dollars that matters but the exposure. The students who would exhibit their ideas would attract industrialists towards them. That would open new ways to them," he said.

He said the HEC considers it a responsibility to ensure that the culture of research and entrepreneurship develops. "We have been holding conferences where we invite both researchers and industries in order to bridge the gap between them while the regional conferences are also planned in near future," he said.

He mentioned about University-Industry Technology Support Programme (UITSP) of the HEC which, according to him, is an important step towards fostering high level of tangible cooperation between academia and industry for capitalising on emerging international demands for products and processes in discrete and continuous manufacturing that shall contribute to national economy.

"This programme is focused on industrial sectors where the country is already a major contributor to the world trade. It focuses on harnessing the potential of highly competitive sectors for international trade which need developments both for local and international consumption," he said. The news

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RBISE to hold SSC exams from March 3
Rawalpindi: Rawalpindi Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (RBISE) has announced the admission schedule for the Matric (SSC) Examinations 2012.

As per schedule Matric (SSC) Examinations 2012 would be commended from March 3.

Last date for submitting admission forms for regular students is January 3, while for the private students is December 28, 2011 with single fee.

Both private and regular students can submit applications with double fee till January 13 and with triple fee till January 25.

Students can check the Date Sheet 2012 of BISE Rawalpindi at the website when the board will announce.

According to the RBISE spokesman, the Exams would start in accordance with the announced schedule and there will be no extension in the forms submission dates. app

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HSSC-I students still wait for result
Rawalpindi: Students of Higher Secondary School Certificate (HSSC) Part-I are still waiting for their result as Rawalpindi board authorities could not announce the revised results by the deadline of November 30.

Except for Pindi, all the boards in Punjab have announced the results after rechecking the papers in the wake of the flawed results through online.

Over 50,000 students of part-I in Rawalpindi have been waiting for their final result, although the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) had promised to announce it on November 30 after rechecking process commenced on October 24.

"We had been assured that the revised results would be announced after 35 days but still we are waiting. The earlier result showed me as failed and now I expect to obtain passing marks," Raja Amir, a student said.

He said that he had been given low marks in papers which he had attempted well while good marks in subjects which he had not attempted properly. "Many students who did not appear in certain papers had got full marks," he added.

When contacted, Secretary BISE Rawalpindi, Mohammad Ata said that the newly-appointed chairman of the board chaired a meeting on Saturday for finalizing the results and expressed the hope that the results would be made public within next few days.

To a question as to why the results had not been announced within the stipulated time, the secretary said that there were lots of errors in the earlier results and that the rechecking process consumed much of the time. Dawn

"All papers have been rechecked and the results would be announced soon," Mr Ata told and acknowledged that the students had been calling and visiting the board`s office for inquiring about their results.

In the meantime, the Punjab government has handed over cases against four senior officers of the BISE to Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).

Officers in BISE Rawalpindiwhich are being interrogated by ACE have obtained pre-arrest bails from courts of law while sources believe that the main reason behind the delay in results was different inquiries and inspection the by Punjab

A source in the board confided to this reporter that errors in rechecking process had been detected by authorities which also delayed the announcement of the results. Dawn

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Admission to FMDC on merit
Islamabad: Admission to Federal Medical and Dental College (FMDC) in Islamabad would be given on 'merit' and according to provincial quota as reserved under the constitution.

Few seats would also be reserved for the federal government employees and domicile holders of Islamabad Capital Territory.

Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani has recently approved establishment of the first FMDC in public sector in the capital.

The medical college is affiliated with Quaid-i-Azam University. The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) will be the main attached hospital of the college.Principal of FMDC, Prof Mehmood Jamal said: "The Pakistan Medical and Dental Council has approved fifty seats for the college".

The fifty seats would be distributed among the medical students holding domicile from all the four provinces and federal government employees including domicile holder students of ICT.

All the students will be selected purely on merit and by the National Testing Service which has recently conducted tests of medical colleges of Sindh and Balochistan."

He said that they had outsourced the written exams to maintain a better selection criterion for the students.

Prof Jamal said that FMDC had already circulated an advertisement in the national dailies and December 17 was the last date for submission of application.

To a question, Prof Jamal said: "We will soon launch our website but at the moment our focus is on selecting brilliant students

for MBBS course."

Regarding the faculty he said: "the FMDC will have over hundred faculty members from basic medical sciences and clinical faculty of Pims. Besides, we have recently hired sufficient number of experienced faculty members for FMDC."

He said: "Professors, associate professors, assistant professors and demonstrators having experience in the teaching of anatomy, biochemistry, forensic medicines and other subjects related to basic sciences were all on board for the smooth operations of the medical college."

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ECP loses interest in legislators' fake degree issue
With incumbent Chief Election Commissioner Hamid Ali Mirza poised to bow out on March 16 next year, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has shown little interest of late in taking the erstwhile hot issue of legislators' fake degrees to its logical conclusion.

The electoral body enjoys powers equivalent to a high court under the Representation of People Act 1976 and Political Parties Order-2002 to initiate contempt proceedings against any institution or person for not implementing its order or decision, the ECP sources claimed.

They pointed out the rules were very clear about the unique character of the electoral body that emphasised any direction or order of the ECO shall be enforced throughout Pakistan and it would be executed as if it had been issued by a high court.

"This should remove ambiguity, if any in the mind of someone regarding the status and authority of the electoral body and hence the chief election commissioner or its members can push for implementation of the body's orders or decisions," they maintained.

Two Election Commissioners, when approached for their views on the matter, confirmed the ECP had options to take the fake degree issue to its logical conclusion by ensuring punishment to the cheating lawmakers besides their disqualification.

They said the mechanism was reviewed and instead of giving a month or two for hearing, a maximum one-week was given to the legislators, who faced the charge of fake degree. However, some lawmakers still pressure the ECP members to give them more and more time so that either assemblies are dissolved or they manage to complete their term.

Requesting anonymity, they contended, in case, the concerned DPOs were not cooperating in furnishing the process for prosecution, inspector general of police of the concerned Punjab in this count and similarly, the relevant high court chief justice could also be approached to play its role in awarding punishment to the fakers within the stipulated period of three months.

They were of the view that cheaters, in no way, should be allowed to represent people of their constituencies, as this was absolutely unethical and the Constitution had a clear prescription for such people.

However, despite passage of over a year, only one lawmaker from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was arrested out of 22 fake degree holders, who also secured bail few weeks back, it was learnt. The rest have not been touched. So much so, not even FIR could be registered so far against eleven of them.

It is quite obvious that a member of parliament or a provincial assembly commands massive influence in his or her constituency, particularly over the government departments, more significantly on the police, therefore, it could not be expected from this department to proceed against the fakers.

"Therefore, after having deliberations, we decided to send cases of proven fake degree holders to our provincial election commissioners instead of DPOs to accelerate the process," these members said.

On the direction of the Supreme Court, the ECP had initiated the verification of 1,170 senators, MNAs and MPAs in July last year. A special panel was established at the Election Commission to assist the Higher Education Commission. As many as 58 of these faced disqualification for having counterfeit degrees.

After giving more than enough time to legislators to clear their position before the panel headed by the ECP joint secretary (budget: Muhammad Afzal Khan), cases of 22 of these lawmakers were sent to the concerned DPOs and provincial election commissioners.

Through this process, not even a single legislator has been so far punished i.e. forced to resign as a lawmaker and face criminal proceedings. The news

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