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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 of teachers.

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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