Peshawar University VC plagiarism

HEC toothless if a VC commits plagiarism!
Islamabad, June 16: Lacuna in relevant rules and procedures has left the Higher Education Commission (HEC) with no powers to take action against University of Peshawar Vice Chancellor Dr. Azmat Hayat for his alleged involvement in plagiarism.

According to information, Dr. Azmat Hayat is allegedly involved in plagiarism, however, the HEC doesn't have any rule to take direct action against him. "As per plagiarism policy, vice chancellors are responsible to constitute the plagiarism standing committee and it will report to him, but in this case the complaint is against the VC himself," said the source.

According to information, Dr. Khan, a former director of the Area Study Centre, has been accused by a university teacher, Muhammad Zubair, of including in his book titled 'The Durand Land: Its Geo Strategic Importance', published in 2000 by the Area Study Centre, University of Peshawar, and Hanns Seidel Foundation, some passages from the book 'Pak-Afghan Relations', written by Dr. Kulwant Kaur of Jammu University, Jammu, and published by Deep and Deep publications in 1985.

Muhammad Zubair has also approached the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and in his appeal dated May 3, 2011, he said that the HEC policy on plagiarism, if made applicable to charges of plagiarism against the sitting VC, is fundamentally flawed and illegal as it authorises the VC to investigate the charges of plagiarism and constitute the plagiarism standing committee of the university for that matter. The policy makes the VC a judge in his own case and that if the VC takes no action in pursuance of the HEC's direction, nothing could be done by the HEC till the expiry of 90 days.

Sources believe that it was a unique case, which never happened before. "The HEC has made VC responsible to take action against plagiarism, but this happened for the first time that a VC himself is involved in plagiarism," they said.

According to information, the HEC has written a letter to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) governor on May 27, 2011, briefing him on the whole situation and asking him to intervene. HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari, in the letter, has requested the KP governor to intervene to ensure that a transparent decision is made to avoid any conflict of interest in this regard. "As a consequence of plagiarism proved through plagiarism standing committee, the degree may be derecognised and in terms of major penalty services may be terminated as per policy," said the letter.

Muhammad Zubair alleged that the HEC, chancellor as well as KP government were providing cover to the VC, as they were reluctant to take any action against him. "Since I have pointed out the plagiarism of our VC, I have been made constant target of retaliatory actions and victimisation. Two show-cause notices, a warning, charge-sheet and statement of allegations have been issued to me. I have also been suspended from my service," he said.

HEC Chairman Dr. Javaid Laghari, when contacted by this scribe, admitted that the HEC needs to review its plagiarism policy in the context of the given case. "Perhaps those who have formulated this policy have never thought of that a VC could also be involved in plagiarism," he said.

"Either a committee should be constituted under a high-ranking official of the HEC or under a VC of some other university. We really need to think about it," he said.

He said that the HEC does not have a mechanism to deal with this particular issue but it is not unaware of its responsibilities. "We have written a letter to the KP governor in which we have asked him to intervene and ensure a transparent decision," he added.

University of Peshawar Vice Chancellor Dr. Azmat Hayat refused to comment on the issue and asked this scribe to contact the University of Peshawar public relations officer (PRO).

PRO Akhtar Amin, while talking to this scribe, denied all allegations levelled against the VC and said that Muhammad Zubair has accused the VC for his vested interests. "It is actually the assistant professor of the university, Muhammad Zubair, who has a fake degree of LLM from the Centre for Studies of Law and Democracy. When it was disclosed that he was having a fake degree, he levelled false charges of plagiarism against the VC," he said.

He said that there was no point to raise the issue of plagiarism against the VC after two decades. "The thesis of the VC was published in 1990 and he is levelling charges against him in 2011," he said.

He said that the assistant professor has his vested interests. "He has told us that he want the ex-registrar of the university to be reinstated, who was removed from the post on corruption charges, and the reversal of charge-sheet against him," he said. The news

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IIUI hostels not so open to needy students
Islamabad: If you are a student of the International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) from out of the town and applying for accommodation on campus, be prepared to fight it out and still wait for over a year.

Shortage of hostel accommodation is one of the biggest problems for the IIU, the third biggest university in the country.

The boys' hostels can accommodate 2,500 students and another 1,800 in the girl's hostels, but there are more than 4,500 students living on the campus. Though foreign students are first in line to get the hostel accommodation, most of them live in private homes.

Most of the three-bed accommodation for male students had four students living in them. "The room gets stuffed but we are friends and we are also far away from home.

An extra mattress on the floor is not that bad," said a student from Fata, who had to wait over a year before he could find an empty bed in one of the rooms.Gul Ahmad, another student, added that he and his friend had to fight for their right. "We learnt that the administration was favouring some students who had come after us without realising that we had been in line since a year," Ahmad said. He had to twice change residence as he was trying to find a room in the hostel.

According to some students sitting in the activity area for lunch, it is common for an applicant to sell his 'bed' while he lived off campus.

Zafar Shah paid Rs2,500 to a student who allowed him to stay in his room for a six-month semester, hoping that he would get his own room and bed. "That's how it works here. The price could be between Rs2,500 and Rs17,000 depending on the need. The friend who sold me his bed asked me if I could pay a small amount of his fees and I agreed."

According to officials of the IIU administration, shortage of funds was the university's biggest hindrance in constructing new hostels. They were speaking on the condition of anonymity.

They said most of the university buildings hostels, laboratory, two faculty blocks and even some of the roads " were constructed out of the money donated from Middle East based private establishments.

Usually the university requested students if they could accommodate their colleagues. "For the time being, this is the only solution," admitted an official.

Foreigners are given priority for accommodation on university grounds. Next on the university's priority list are students from Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. After that students from Punjab are accommodated.

The university got funding from the government twice during General (retired) Pervez Musharraf's tenure Rs650 million and Rs480 million.

However, the university had not received a dime out of the Rs450 million promised by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani who acknowledged the university's requirements two years ago at a ceremony at IIU.

"Funds are needed to build two new 800 rooms blocks for boys and one 400-bed block for girls," the official said, adding that each block would cost between Rs140 million to Rs150 million. Dawn

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PU admission forms
Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department has issued the schedule for submission of admission forms and fee for BEd, 2nd Annual Exam 2010, and 1st Annual Exam 2011. Last date for submission of admission forms with single fee is 30-06-2011 while the forms can be submitted with double fee till 09-07-2011. Date of commencement of exam will be announced later.

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Summer vacation in varsities
Lahore: The Punjab University teaching departments, institutes, centres and constituent colleges will remain close for summer vacations from Monday, July 4, 2011 to Friday, September 16, 2011, according to a press release here on Wednesday. Meanwhile, The University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore, will remain close from June 20 to July 30, 2011 on account of summer vacation. No teaching activity shall take place at the undergraduate and MSc (Basic Sciences) level during vacation, according to a press release here on Wednesday.

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PU result
Lahore: Punjab University Examinations Department has announced the result of Doctor of Pharmacy, final professional, annual exam 2010.

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Book launched
Lahore: Goverment College University Lahore Young Journalists Society (GCU YJS) is holding the launching ceremony of a book on the life and efforts of renowned scientist and literary person Dr Anwar Nasim on Thursday (today) at the Bokhari Auditorium. GCU Vice Chancellor Prof Ikramul Haq will preside over the ceremony which will be attended by the Biotechnologists and literary figures from all over the country, including Asghar Nadeem Syed and Prof. Tabbasum Kashmiri. The book 'Dr Anwar Nasim, A Versatile Human', is a tribute to the literary figure for rendering services in the field of science and literature. The news

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UVAS team develops 'DNA sexing in birds'
Lahore: The University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences' Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology research team has developed facility of "DNA Sexing in Birds" and is now available for bird lovers on a commercial basis.

In the past, phenotypic identification of sex was very difficult in various species of birds causing problems in pairing for breeders and bird lovers.

A university spokesman said IBBT scientists took this challenge and after an extensive lab work developed molecular markers that could detect gender using DNA information with cent per cent reliability.

IBBT Director Prof Dr Masroor Elahi Babar said the 'molecular biology and genomics lab was already offering its services in the field of animal forensics and have solved many cases referred by police, court and customs department'. Dawn

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Students urged to work hard
Lahore: University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Nawaz has urged the final year DVM students to bring a revolution in the livestock, poultry and dairy sectors at the grassroots level through the use of technology, expertise and knowledge to improve the national economy.

He was addressing the students who held a ceremony on "three-day final evolution of DVM internship programme 2011" on Wednesday at the conference hall. The function was organised by dean faculty of veterinary sciences Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad.

An evaluation committee, comprising the dean faculty of animal production and technology Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha, dean faculty of biosciences Prof Dr Ijaz, dean faculty of veterinary sciences Prof Dr Nasim Ahmad, dean faculty of fisheries and wildlife Prof Dr Muhammad Akram, also participated and evaluated the students' practical performance in this regard.

Dr Nawaz explained that livestock population was increasing despite the illegal animal smuggling. He quoted Economic Survey 210-2011 "the cattle populations increased by 1.3 million against last year's 34.3 million and buffalo population increased by 0.9 million". Dr Nawaz said that the role of DVM was very crucial to pay attention and services to uplift such growing sector.

He again said those veterinary doctors could perform their duties in food formation, health farm management and marketing. The news

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