Plagiarism cases to be reviewed under new policy: HEC
LAHORE, July 17: The 18 cases of plagiarism already in the notice
of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) will be reviewed under the commission's
new plagiarism policy, HEC Acting Executive Director Dr Mukhtar Ahmed said on Monday.
According to reports, the HEC is preparing a new
plagiarism policy under which plagiarists would be given punishments no less
than removal from service. The plagiarists would, however, be given a chance to
remove the plagiarised parts of their works. The new policy is expected to be
implemented from the next month.
Some teachers of government universities
have recently been involved in plagiarism and their universities had punished
them, but the HEC was not satisfied with the punishments. The HEC also stopped
the developmental funds for the Punjab University (PU) because the commission
believed that it had been 'soft' with its faculty members guilty of plagiarism.
The PU had stopped the increments of its plagiarist teachers. The Government
College University (GCU), on the other hand, had removed its head of the
Economics Department, Dr Qais Ikram, and removed his name from the tenure list
Dr Ahmed said the HEC would review cases of plagiarism all
over the country under its new policy. He said cases of plagiarism had been
reported from the University of Taxila, Sindh University, Mehran University, PU,
GCU and the University of Engineering and Technology (UET). He said the HEC
would not consider the applications of its recognised plagiarists for any
benefit or scholarship.
HEC Quality Insurance Advisor Dr Riaz Qureshi
said on Monday that the HEC had framed a committee to develop the
new plagiarism policy under the supervision of National University of Science
and Technology (NUST) rector Lt Gen (r) Shujaat Ahmed. He said professors,
secretaries and scholars from various fields of life were also part of the
committee. Dr Qureshi said that the HEC had started an action plan to check
plagiarism in universities and had introduced an Anti-Plagiarism Software in its
recent meeting with the chancellors of nine universities. He said the HEC had
told all universities to get the software from the commission. Daily times
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