HEC displayed blacklist of plagiarists on website
LAHORE, May 1(Daily Times): The Higher Education
Commission (HEC) website features a blacklist of plagiarists along with the
plagiarised paper/dissertation presented by the person and the original source
from where the matter was picked.
However, HEC executive director Dr
Sohail H Naqvi said that the web page designer was asked not to put
the blacklist online till the names of all plagiarists were put on it. He said
it has been displayed without the HEC's permission. He said the page would be
"improved" in a few days. He added that the names of the plagiarists from the PU
Centre for Higher Energy Physics (CHEP) would be pasted on the blacklist
The list currently presents only one name, Dr Mian Aftab, chairman
of a Psychology Department. However, the page does not mention the name of
professor's university. Dr Naqvi said that Dr Aftab was the chairman
of the Punjab University's Department of Psychology and Applied
Dr Naqvi did not comment on the fact that the HEC had yet not
proved the accusation of plagiarism against Dr Aftab. "We have many more cases
of plagiarism," he said, but did not elaborate.
Dr Aftab was accused in
February of plagiarising his research papers and PU Faculty of Life Sciences
dean Dr Shahida Hassnain was asked to investigate the matter. According to the
website, Dr Aftab's plagiarised paper/dissertation is "The Role of Parents in
the Socialisation of Children: An Historical Overview" (Developmental Psychology
(1994) Vol 38 No 10, 1006-1018 Journal of Applied Counselling, New York). It
says the paper/dissertation from which Dr Aftab plagiarised his paper is "The
Role of Parents in the Socialisation of Children: An Historical Overview" by
Eleanor E Maccoby, Stanford University (Developmental Psychology (1992) Vol 28
No 6, 1006-1017).
The website also provides 'The Little Book of
Plagiarism' produced by Leeds Metropolitan University, with a note, "The booklet
is reproduced, with amendments."