Plagiarism becoming popular among students
Students following in teachers' footsteps?: Plagiarism becoming popular among students: teachers
Lahore, June 30, 2008: Plagiarism is becoming
popular among students, as they prefer copying research work of others from the
Internet to prepare their thesis and research papers, teachers from various
institutes said on Saturday.
Students said they had little
time to prepare their assignments due to the tough schedule of the semester
system followed in most institutes, and the Internet remained the only option to
complete their work early. They also blamed their teachers for not guiding them
about the preparation of research work. Since teachers do not help students
prepare their thesis, the students are least interested in putting their own
efforts in research work, they added. The students also said that the trend of
copying information from the Internet had become common practice.
Education Commission (HEC) Quality Insurance Adviser Dr Riaz Qurreshi said the
HEC, suspecting a student of plagiarism, could reject his or her degree.
The teachers said students did not have the passion to advance their
knowledge and only studied to pass examinations. The teachers said they had
stern rules to deal with plagiarists and they did not spare anyone who was
involved in it.
Students: A Government College University (GCU) student,
Adeel, said: "The GCU students of bachelor classes are overburdened, since they
have very little time to prepare their assignments. Due to the extra burden and
shortage of time, the students prefer to copy research work from the Internet.
This mostly happens when they have to prepare something in one or two days."
Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) student Sadia said the
students had little time to prepare their research work, therefore they copied
data from the Internet. Besides this, students were least interested in research
work because of their teachers' ignorance about the subject, she
Punjab University student Imran Nazim said, "Around 90 percent of
the PU students copy from the Internet while preparing their research work." He
said the teachers were responsible for this, since they did not guide their
students on how to prepare research work. It was the duty of research
supervisors to guide students and keep an eye on them while they (students)
prepared research work, he added.
Teachers: Beaconhouse National
University (BNU) Communication Adviser Arfa Sarfraz said her institute had
failed several students on the charges of copying data from the Internet. "We
have also held some students' result, suspecting them of plagiarism," she added.
She said the BNU had a software to check students' work to find out
whether they were involved in plagiarism. She said teachers were not responsible
for students' involvement in plagiarism. The students did not have the urge to
conduct research work at their own and they chose the easiest way to copy data
from the Internet, she added.
GCU Social Sciences Dean Dr Khalid Pervaiz
said the GCU had rejected the research work of the students found involved in
plagiarism. He said the GCU had a software to identify plagiarism.
Registrar Dr Naeem Ahmed said, "We consults departments' deans, supervisors,
board of studies and foreign referees before assigning thesis topics and
awarding degrees to PhD students." There were very little chances of plagiarism
at PhD level, he added.
He said the supervisors were responsible to
check students in this regard. LCWU Communication Adviser Dr Anjum Zia said the
LCWU followed the HEC's policies to deal with plagiarism and had rejected
several students' work on grounds of plagiarism.
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PU arranges debates on death penalty
Lahore: The Punjab University's Law Debating Society organised
two-day parliamentary debates on death penalty at the Environmental Law
Auditorium, said a press release issued on Sunday.
It said that PU Vice
Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran, Hall Council Chairman Prof Dr Saeed Ahmad
Nagra, Dr Liquat Ali and Shazia Qureshi, the convener of the workshop, also
attended the concluding session. The event was aimed at promoting the
parliamentary style of debates among students.
The three government
speakers (students) who proposed the motion to abolish death penalty included
Affan Asad Taj from the Law College, Amina Ejaz from the Institute of
Administrative Sciences, and Syed Waqar from the School of Biological Sciences.
Speakers opposing the motion were Shamaoon Ahmed from the Department of
Pharmacy, Bilal from the Law College and Marium Gulshan from the Institute of
The government members (students) said that 137
countries had abolished death penalty. They termed it "a cruel, and inhuman
punishment that had no place in a modern criminal justice system", and proposed
to convert capital punishment into life imprisonment. The opposition members
argued that death penalty was necessary to create fear in criminals. The
government members countered the argument by saying that crimes carrying death
penalties had increased in Pakistan, and that the opposition's theory was
Affan Taj, the leader of the proposition, highlighted the
inefficiency of the criminal judicial system in Pakistan and pointed out that
many of the executions carried out were held without due process, and that
trials did not meet international standards. He said that most convicts were
innocent, and that capital punishment was being used as a discriminatory tool
against the poor. The VC praised the Law Debating Society for organising the
event and said that debating was the best method to resolve conflicts. Daily Times
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