PU Dean faces plagiarism charges
Lahore, May 03: Teachers of University of the Punjab have drawn attention of Punjab chief minister and the governor towards expected appointment of a controversial teacher as dean of Faculty of Sciences, university sources said on Monday.
In an application addressed to the university chancellor, the CM and Punjab Education minister, they maintained that VC Dr Mujahid Kamran has included a plagiarist's name in a panel of professors he has proposed to the chancellor/governor for one of the most prestigious academic positions, dean of Faculty of Sciences.
They said it is an irony that Dr Mujahid Kamran, who lodged the case of plagiarism against Prof Dr Haris Rashid on Sept 6, 2007, vide letter no D/382/Dean Sc, has included his name in the proposed panel.
It was learnt that the then VC Gen Arshad Mahmood did not proceed against Dr Haris, who was a member of the Syndicate and the president of the All Pakistan Federation of Academic Staff Associations of universities and the head of group of the teachers patronised by a religious party of Punjab.
In view of this situation, Dr Mujahid Kamran moved his plagiarism case in the Higher Education Commission (HEC) which appointed Prof Dr M Aslam Baig (SITI), Department of Physics, Quid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, to investigate the case who said in his report that the accused was likely to be guilty of plagiarism.
They further said in their application that two posts of physics professors were advertised in 1996.
There were 5 applicants for the two posts, including Dr Haris Rashid. The processing of the applications was delayed purposely for 8 years. The selection board was held in 2004. According to the reports of experts Dr Khadim Hussain was No 1 Dr Tasnim Zahra Rizvi No 2 while Dr Haris Rashid stood at the last position.
The coterie appointed Dr Hans Rashid on the second post, declaring Dr Tasnim Rizvi to be ineligible. Dr Tasnim Rizvi lodged a case on this glaring injustice and manipulation. The high court decided the case in favour of Dr Tasnim Rizvi.
When contacted professor Haris Rasheed said that his rivals were running a propaganda campaign against him. He said, "I have been contesting elections of Syndicate and Academic Staff Association (ASA) for several years. Any weaknesses of a person are exposed even during his first election, but, thank God, I never faced such allegations."
He said that he was appointed as director of the department when this inquiry was underway. He said application was given against him but nothing was proved against him and those who were guilty in this regard were punished by former Punjab Governor Kahlid Maqbool. The nation
LLB exams admission forms schedule
Lahore: The Punjab University has issued the schedule for submission of admission forms for LLB, Parts-I, II III, Annual Examinations, 2011, according to a press release here on Monday. The last date for submission of admission forms for LLB, Part-I, Annual Exam, 2011, with single fee is 23-05-2011 while the forms can be submitted with double fee till 01-06-2011. The exam will commence from 11-07-2011. For LLB, Part-II, Annual Exam 2011, the last date for submission of admission forms with single fee is 24-05-2011 while the forms can be submitted with double fee till 02-06-2011. The exam will commence from 12-07-2011. Similarly, for LLB, Part-III, Annual Exam, 2011, the last date for submission of admission forms with single fee is 25-05-2011 while the forms can be submitted with double fee till 03-06-2011. The exam will commence from 13-07-2011. Detailed schedule is also available at PU website www.pu.edu.pk. The news
PU study measures libraries' service quality
Lahore: A book titled "User's Perceptions and Expectations of Quality Library Services: A Survey of University of the Punjab's Libraries," written by the Punjab University (PU) Main Library Senior Librarian, Alia Arshad, and Department of Library and Information Science Chairperson Professor Dr Kanwal Ameen has been published by the Verlag Dr Muller (VDM).
The purpose of this study is to measure the quality of service of academic libraries of a major university like that of the PU from the perspective of the students and also to determine their efforts towards meeting the users' expectations. A survey method was chosen as the method of investigation and a modified SERVQUAL questionnaire was used to explore users' desired and received levels of service. The results revealed that the users' expectations were higher than what they were actually receiving. Daily times
SSC suppl exam forms
Karachi: A policy is being framed to accommodate those candidates who could not submit their SSC supplementary examinations forms till the March 29 deadline.
A statement issued by the Board of Secondary Education Karachi on Monday said that the move was in line with the concession recently announced by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad. A new date for the form submission would be considered† after the ongoing SSC annual examinations, it said. ppi
Schools, colleges open
Karachi: The Sindh education department announced on Monday that all educational institutions of the city would remain open on Tuesday.
The department's acting secretary, Wasim Ahmed Ursani said that both public and private sector schools and colleges of the metropolis would remain open.
However, the All-Private Schools Management Association's Khalid Shah announced that all private schools of the city would remain closed on Tuesday. Dawn
31 cases of cheating reported in SSC exams
Karachi: At least 31 candidates, found using unfair means, were caught redhanded by the officials of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) during their surprise visits at different examination centres on Monday.
The candidates of class IX appeared in their paper of Biology (Theory) at 225 examination centres in the morning shift. The acting chairman BSEK, Anwar Ahmed Zai, along with his staff and media personnel, visited several examination centres to observe the examination process.
During the visit to the examination centres, it was witnessed that unfair means cases remains unbeaten during the ongoing annual examinations 2011 of the Secondary School Certificate Part-I and II (Science and General Group).
It was also observed that the members of the law-enforcement agencies (LEA) were not present at most of the examination centres. The BSEK on the directives of the Sindh governor, who is the controlling authority of the examination boards in the province, asked the police and rangers high-ups to deploy forces outside the examination centres to avoid external influences.
However, the policemen rarely found at the examination centres and the rangers, who were supposed to frequently visit the examination centres, were also reluctant in this regard.
The absence of the LEA at the examination centres has spread the sense of insecurity among the officials performing their duties. The staff deployed at the examination centres particularly women were more uncertain and complaint that external influence could not be stopped without support of LEA.
It was also witnessed that candidates, at most of the examination centres, were busy in solving their paper without electricity. It was quite difficult for the students to solve their paper in the hot and humid conditions. The lack of power supply at examination centres was also observed by the BSEK officials.
According to Zai, reports of unfair mean cases were sent to the concerned section of BSEK.
The candidates involved in unfair means cases would be rusticated for a year for using cheating materials during the exams.
Meanwhile, if, cheating material captured from the candidates was used in answering the questions, then these students will be suspended for at least next two years and Board would not allow them to appear in exams during said period of time, he added. The news