Thesis for sale : HEC failed to eradicate plagiarism
Experts copy already prepared theses for students after charging money: Government spending 'up', student interest 'down'
Lahore, Jan 20: With the government continuously
increasing its budget for 'quality education', students in various educational
institutes have started turning to paid 'experts' for their theses and research
papers, it was learnt.
Students in many educational
institutions in the city have started hiring 'experts' to prepare their research
papers and theses, learnt on Monday.
According to students,
it is a reasonable way to fulfil the compulsary academic requirement of
submitting a thesis. According to teachers, the practice could spoil the careers
of many students, as the requirement of theses and research papers is aimed at
establishing a certain set of qualities among students that they can only attain
by working on the theses assigned to them. Teachers say those who do not prepare
theses on their own would be at a loss later in their
Plagiarism: Meanwhile, these 'experts' have found a way of
earning money without having to work. It was learnt that many experts betrayed
their customers (the students) by copying already prepared theses from various
libraries and other sources.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has
taken several steps to eradicate plagiarism from its affiliate institutions and
provided plagiarism-identifying software to local universities. A number of
Punjab University (PU) teachers were also sacked on the charges of plagiarism.
However, plagiarism is still increasingly popular among students. A PU faculty
member, requesting anonymity, disclosed that the practice of purchasing theses
was most common among students of elite institutions of the city. He said many
students who fail to secure a job after graduation resort to selling theses, a
practice becoming as common as reliance on tuition academies among school
Beaconhouse National University (BNU) Communication Adviser
Arfa Sarfraz said the situation called for a higher degree of responsibility on
part of faculty members. She said teachers could eradicate this practice by
ensuring that the student who submitted a thesis prepared it himself. She said
they could do this by questioning the students on various aspects of the thesis.
A faculty member at a women's college claimed that the college was very strict
on this matter. She said faculty members were used to a practice of
investigating the source of information mentioned in every thesis, adding that
students were often questioned in detail regarding their thesis. She said the
college used 'plagiarism eradication software', which he said was extremely
effective. She claimed college students feared the software and generally
avoided the practice of purchasing theses.
Meanwhile, a student of a
women's college, seeking anonymity, admitted submitting a thesis that was
purchased for the price of Rs 20,000. She said instead of preparing a thesis
herself, which was a rather difficult task according to her, she simply saved
her pocket money and purchased the thesis from an expert. Amir Mukhtar, a
professional researcher, said he was involved in the business of selling theses
and claimed to have sold many theses to students from various institutions. He
revealed that a vast majority of his customers were female students, adding that
he only required a couple of weeks to prepare a comprehensive thesis. He said
that he believed his profession was just as fair as any other profession. Daily Times
"I have discovered some innovative idea during the conduct of my research. the idea is all about research techniques. I want to market my innovative idea.."
Name: Ali Farrukh
City, Country: Sargodha, Pakistan
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34,000 educators to be recruited in Punjab
Lahore: The Senate's Standing Committee on Education held a meeting to
review the developmental programme of the Punjab School Education Department
here on Monday.
According to a DGPR handout, Senator Razina Khan,
chairperson of the committee, while speaking on the occasion, said under the
leadership of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, a comprehensive plan had been made
for the education sector.
Giving the briefing about the School Education
Department, Schools Secretary Nadeem Ashraf said the Punjab government had
allocated record financial resources for the education sector and enhanced
education budget up to 90 per cent. Moreover, for capacity building of
managerial staff of the department, a special training course was being started
with the collaboration of the Government College University (GCU) and
participants of the course would be appointed on administrative posts, he
The secretary schools further said that with a view to fulfilling
the shortage of teachers in government schools, 34,000 educators were being
recruited he maintained. He said public-private partnership was being promoted
through the Punjab Education Foundation, which had trained 67,743 teachers of
private schools and 11,750 schools of the private sector were being facilitated
by fee support programme of the foundation.
Highlighting the steps taken
by the department to raise the education standard, the secretary said the
Directorate Staff Development had chalked out a three-year training programme
for school teachers, adding that under the programme, 42,000 primary school
teachers, 65,000 middle school teachers and 5,000 secondary school teachers
would be imparted in-service training.
The secretary stated that 288
centres of excellence schools would be established at all tehsil headquarters
and such schools would be provided standard facilities. He said these schools
were being set up in the backward areas of southern Punjab in the first phase.
The meeting was attended by Senator Syed Javed Ali Shah, Senator Prof
Muhammad Ibrahim Khan, Senator Dr Abdul Khaliq Pirzada, Senator Tahira Latif,
Senator Liaqat Ali Bengalzai, Senator Amar Ahmad Khan, Senator Syed Tahir
Hussain Mashhadi, Senator Prof Sajid Mir and Senator SM Zafar. The News
"if to regularlize d contract teachers is not possible.then y was all drama on the annual budget 2008 was done.was that only 4 2gether the sympathies of the people to set ur way.or our ministers of the day r so cunning that they can annonce something 4 the favours of the people and then they can go back away 4rm their words. the most easiest thing which they can do is to say this is not our responsibility.then who is the director of all this show.wl somebody like 2 answer this."
City, Country: Rwp.Pak
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