I do not plagiarise, says PU dean of sciences
LAHORE, May 9(Daily Times): The Punjab University
dean of Sciences has denied that he had plagiarised a newspaper article
published in 1995 and alleged that the university administration was trying to
divert the Higher Education Commission's (HEC) attention from its proven
plagiarists of the Centre for Higher Energy Physics (CHEP) by accusing him of
PU dean of Sciences Dr Mujahid Kamran said that
the university had not notified him about the formation of an inquiry committee
to investigate the allegation of plagiarism on him. He said the PU was trying to
protect the CHEP plagiarists. He said that he had not committed "even an iota of
plagiarism" in his 35-year career. "I do not plagiarise", he said.
of the four proven plagiarists of the CHEP had alleged that Dr Kamran had
plagiarised a newspaper article, Max Planck: The Reluctant Revolutionary,
published in 1995 in a national English daily. The PU administration had
constituted an inquiry committee on Monday to investigate the allegation of
plagiarism against him. Dr Kamran criticised the PU administration and said that
he came to know about the plagiarism case against him from a newspaper. He
questioned the PU administration's manner of registration of a plagiarism case
against him by believing the word of three proven plagiarists.
said he had written to the vice chancellor several times to inquire a case of
plagiarism allegedly committed by Dr Khawaja Harris Rashid, a member of the PU
Syndicate. He said Dr Rashid had published a plagiarised research paper, but no
inquiry had been instituted against him. He said the American Institute of
Physics had also posted a retraction of the research paper by Dr Rashid on the
basis of plagiarism.
Dr Kamran said he was doing his duty as dean of the
Faculty of Sciences in reporting the cases of plagiarism to the vice chancellor
against several CHEP faculty members. "These cases were reported because of the
policies of President Musharraf and HEC Chairman Prof Attaur Rehman for the
uplift of scientific research and its quality in our universities", he
PU registrar Dr Muhammad Naeem Khan said that the
inquiry committee was a fact-finding committee, adding that it would probe the
matter whether or not plagiarism had been done. He also confirmed that three out
of the four proven plagiarists from the CHEP had complained about the alleged
plagiarism by Dr Kamran. Dr Khan said the case of alleged plagiarism by Dr
Khawaja Harris Rashid was placed before the inquiry committee with the other
cases of the CHEP teachers. He said Dr Rashid was not found guilty. "No body
should be prosecuted twice", he added.
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