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 plagiarism.

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.

Three 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.

Dr Kamran 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 said.

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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