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PU dean of science cleared of cheating

LAHORE, May 17(Daily Times): The inquiry committee formed by the Punjab University to investigate plagiarism charges against the dean of the Faculty of Science on Wednesday submitted its report to the vice chancellor, stating that an article that the dean wrote and was published in a newspaper was not plagiarised.

Three teachers from the university's Centre for Higher Energy Physics (CHEP) had alleged that dean Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran's article 'Max Planck: The Reluctant Revolutionary', which was published in an English daily in 1995, was plagiarised.

After thorough investigation, the committee could not find any truth in the allegations.

The CHEP teachers, who made the allegations, are Maqsood Ahmad, Rasheed Ahmad and Alam Saeed. Allegations against the men to have plagiarised research articles have been proven true.

After the allegations against the dean, university vice chancellor Arshad Mehmood formed a committee to investigate the charges. The committee headed by Prof Dr Shahida Hasnain, dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, stated that Dr Kamran's newspaper article had substance from three articles namely 'Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, 1858-1947', 'The Dilemmas of an Upright Man' and 'Max Planck: The Man and His Work'. The committee said Dr Kamran's article had the reference of Max Born, author of one of the three articles.

According to the committee, "The reference of Max Born was given in the beginning of the article and a significant part of the article was modified and statements were given within quotation marks and therefore it cannot be considered as plagiarised."

PU registrar Prof Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan confirmed the news, saying the committee found the dean innocent of charges against him.

Your Comments
"PU move to investigate plagiarism charges against the staff members is appreciated. We all have deficiencies but we need to develop system to safeguard academic values and name of Pakistan. Congratulations! Keep the fire burning."
Name: Dr. Nasrullah Khan
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan

"this is aal ridiculuous. How the friends can charge a friend guilty. A fair investigation should be made."
Name: Dr. Amin Ather
City, Country: lahore, Pakistan

"It is sad and disappointing that Dean Sciences PU has been subjectd to persecution and intimidation for standing up for academic honesty. Those who brought the malicious charges against him should be taken to the court for trying to malign him."
Name: Shahid Kamal
City, Country: Islamabad, Pakistan

"The three plagiarizers who were found guilty look even more stupid now. What a pathetic attempt to try to get back at Dr Kamran!"
Name: Helen Merinda
City, Country: Whalley, UK
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