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Plagiarism in Peshawar University

PESHAWAR, July 26: Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Haroon Rashid has admitted to having detected cases of plagiarism in the University of Peshawar and said the issue would be discussed at the next syndicate meeting.

"We have detected cases of plagiarism and some are on the agenda of our next syndicate meeting," said Dr Haroon, who held a meeting with media personnel for the first time during his 17-month tenure as VC on Wednesday.

Dr Haroon, who is also member of the ethics committee, declined to give further details of the cases, but said: "We want 'transparency' and if any drawback is found, the university is ready to fill the gap. We are not perfect, but we want to serve the nation."

Established in 1950, the Peshawar University is ranked 4th best public-sector university in the country. However, the university is faced with various problems because of overall situation in the province.

Dr Haroon claimed that although the university was facing problems such as lack of PhD faculty, plagiarism and problems arising out of multi-administration because of the presence of other universities and colleges on the campus, it had succeeded in maintaining its rank.

A new nuclear laboratory has been set up this year for the first time.

The equipment for the lab had been imported from Germany, but it could not be made functional as the German engineers were not allowed to visit the university because of the prevailing law and order situation in the province, he said.

Prof Dr Taimur Khan, head of the quality enhancement cell, informed journalists that the university had 597 teaching faculties and six academic faculties, with 41 departments and 15,740 enrolments. It has so far produced 22 PhD graduates and awarded 78 MPhil degrees.

The university had 96 male and 23 female PhD students, but lacked the PhD faculty, Dr Taimur said.

The number of publications of national and international repute stood at 334, and 13 journals of various disciplines were also published, he added.

The university, in an effort to improve its ranking, would demand every teacher to come up with at least one publication.

"It plans to improve its ranking by awarding honorary degrees to renowned people and professors, increasing the number of PhDs and MPhil students and providing good database on internet," Dr Haroon said. Dawn
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