PU follows GCU on plagiarism penalty strategy
LAHORE, July 9: Punjab University (PU) has
followed in the footsteps of Government College University (GCU) in resolving
the matter of incessant plagiarism by its teachers of Centre for High Energy
Officials said that governor Lt Gen (r)
Khalid Maqbool, who is also chancellor of the varsity, had told PU to present on
the plagiarism issue a few weeks ago. The official added that vice chancellor
(VC) Lt Gen (r) Arshad Mahmood made the presentation to the governor, telling
him that PU had planned a harsher penalty for plagiarism than the measure taken
by GCU on removal of its former head of Economics Department, Dr Qais Ikram a
couple of months ago. GCU had also removed his name from the tenure list of
teachers, which deducted a heavy amount of his salary.
charges on PU's CHEP director Dr Fazl-e-Aleem and teachers Rashid Ahmad, Sohail
Afzal Tahir, M Alam Saeed and Maqsood Ahmad surfaced in April 2006 and several
committees were formed to investigate the matter, despite the varsity's
preliminary committee's confirmation of the charges. The teachers were accused
of copying an article by Prof Chris Llewellyn and publishing it in a journal
called 'Science in Africa'. They did so without crediting the original author.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) removed Prof Aleem from the
commission's list of approved supervisors of research and also withheld PU's Rs
139 million grant, since it felt that PU was dealing with the charged teachers
leniently and because PU's administration had delayed investigating the matter.
Earlier, PU had formed a syndicate committee headed by University Law
College principal Dr Dil Muhammad Malik to probe into the matter. The committee
proved the allegations on the CHEP teachers.
After meeting the governor
and HEC authorities, PU decided to penalise plagiarists by withdrawing the two
years worth of increments and representation of plagiarised articles.
Many PU teachers and some HEC members are dissatisfied with the action
taken by PU against the plagiarists. They feel that PU has protected the
plagiarists because they allege that those teachers were friends of the VC's.
However, PU registrar denies these allegations. daily times
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