Sindh Education budget | IIUI plagiarism
Education budget increased by 6pc
Karachi, June 18: The Sindh government has increased its education budget by 17 percent from
the last fiscal year and the total funds available for 2013-14 in this
most important of sectors are Rs132 billion compared to Rs111.96 billion
The sum includes Rs13.48 billion for additional development projects.
was also some good news for the Sindh Education Foundation, which was
allocated Rs2.21 billion in the new budget. It had previously been
facing an uncertain future due to the shortage of funds.
second part of the Sindh Education Reform Programme has also been
launched and funds worth $400 million will provided by the United States
for four years till 2017. The programme is aimed at improving
elementary education in all 23 districts of the province.
additional 2,000 posts of headmasters and headmistresses were also
proposed under the programme, which discussed school management
committees, cluster-based schools and public-private partnership.
Also, Rs1.25 billion has been set aside to construct 23 English-medium schools in Sindh.
Rs500million have been allocated for information and communication
technology (ICT) enabled education management. This includes using the
internet and telephones to teach students in far flung areas.
budget also mentions the creation of 23 comprehensive schools in the
province from elementary till intermediate. At the same time,
engineering colleges will be established in Khairpur and Larkana, while
three law colleges will be constructed in Lyari, Hala and Dadu.
budget also approved a girls' cadet college in Shaheed Benazirabad,
Larkana and another Girls' Degree College in Naudero. Three cadet
colleges in Dadu, Mithi and Khairpur were also part of the budget.
additional 2000 posts of headmasters and headmistresses are also
proposed in the budget.This time around, a separate section was
allocated for technical and vocational education.
was taken after the establishment of the Sindh Technical Education and
Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA). Rs785.71 million has been
allocated for vocational training.
the increase in the budget as good news. "Any increase is good news. Of
course we want more and more, but given the current state, I think it
should be adequate," said Aziz Kabani, operations director of the Sindh
Education Foundation. However, he added that the education department,
in general, is unable to utilise the allocated budget.
the same time, Kabani was concerned over receiving the Rs2.21 billion
allocated for the SEF. "We have not been given the Rs500 million
endowment fund that the board had approved. Also, we asked for Rs200
million as our regular yearly expense; we only received Rs150 million."
Salahuddin, the chairperson of Indus Resource Centres, also gave the
six percent increase her nod of approval. "The budget increase should
always be gradual; never sudden. One also needs to consider the funds
leftover from last year."
However, she lamented the increase in the wages of teachers, which stand at
10 percent for grade 16 and above and 15 percent increase for grades below 16.
of the increment will go in salaries. Nowadays many teachers are
drawing as much as Rs100,000, but this has not improved motivation in
any way. What about the non-salary expenditure such as the construction
of toilets in schools, teachers training and classroom renovations?"
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Arrest of accused in varsity rape case ordered
Larkana: Two senior police officials have been asked on Monday to arrest the accused
who had allegedly raped an 18-year-old student of the Qauid-e-Awam
University of Engineering Science and Technology. The directive was
issued by senior provincial minister Nisar Ahmed Khuhro after this
newspaper had carried a report on the ghastly incident in its edition on
Sunday. Khuhro directed the DIG and the SSP of Larkana to arrest the
university employee involved in the incident. He also appealed to the
family of the victim to lodge an FIR as soon as possible for provision
of justice. The news
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Publishing fake research paper: New body to probe plagiarism in IIUI
Islamabad: After continuous correspondence between the
Higher Education Commission (HEC) and the rector of International
Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI), it has been decided that another
committee would be formed to look into the alleged plagiarism committed
by an IIUI faculty member.
Rector of the university, Prof Dr Masoom Yasinzai said two committees
had been formed to look into the complaint of plagiarism against Dr
Mohammad Sher, but the heads of both committees had refused to conduct
"I have instructed Sahibzada Sajid-ur-Rehman (Vice President IIUI) to
form a committee and finalise the inquiry as per HEC guidelines. If the
committee cannot finalise the inquiry, the case may be referred to HEC
for a decision," he said.
According to documents, the Director General
quality assurance HEC, Ms Zia Batool, had sent a letter on December 11,
2012 to the president of IIUI.
She had stated that a representative of the Institute of Electrical
and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) journal, Daniel J Costello, had
informed HEC that Dr Mohammad Sher had committed level one plagiarism in
the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board (PSPB) operation
Ms Batool requested the university to take up the case and
investigate the matter within 90 days according to the SOP (standard
An official of the university said the inquiry should have been
finalised by March 15 but despite numerous HEC reminders, the university
management had not initiated it.
Similarly, an official of HEC, requesting anonymity, said the IEEE in
September 2012 had lodged a complaint against Dr Mohammad Sher stating
that he had published a research paper "Application of Error Control
Coding" on October 6, 1998 in their journal.
"IEEE maintained that Mr Sher had plagiarised the research paper and
since HEC has been working against this practice, it should take
action," he said.
He said IEEE had also sent a soft copy of the research paper to the
HEC which was checked for plagiarism through Turnitin, a plagiarism
detecting software. It was found that a Level I (severe) plagiarism had
been committed and the paper had been prepared from different research
papers published in the IEEE journal.
Dr Muhammad Sher, who was awarded best university teacher by HEC in
2008, had also been caught for plagiarism in 2011 and had to publish an
apology through the newspapers (documents available with Dawn).
Rector Yasinzai said that he was aware of the past
incident of plagiarism but that chapter had been closed. "I will ensure
that the inquiry is completed because if our education system is
doubted, no one will recognise our degrees," he said. Dawn
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Universities ordered to take security measures
Islamabad: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has directed all universities of the
country to adopt extra precautionary measures in terms of security and
protection of students, faculty and staff in wake of recent blast at a
university in Quetta.
Talking to this news agency here on
Monday, HEC Chairman Dr Javaid R Laghari said he wrote a letter to the
vice chancellors of all the universities to take proper security
measures for the protection of students, faculty and staff from any
untoward incident. The chairman said that HEC would extend all possible
support in this regard. The chairman condemned the recent bomb blast in
the Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University, Quetta, causing death of so
many innocent female students. He, in a meeting with Vice Chancellor of
Sardar Bahadur Khan Women University Sultana Baloch, termed the blast as
plot to derail peace and education process in the province. The news
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