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Defining plagiarism, creating necessary awareness

Defining plagiarism
Karachi, Nov 26: At a recent workshop on plagiarism in Karachi, it was observed that the emphasis should be on creating awareness about the consequences of this unacceptable academic practice rather than going after those who indulge in it. While creating such awareness is no doubt necessary - and we would argue that accosting those who plagiarise is equally important - the concept must be first made clearer for the public.
Many do not realise that reproducing other's text and ideas as one's own work when it is not constitutes plagiarism. A person with reasonably good command over the language being used would find it easier to get away with such a dubious act than one whose written skills are below standard and who then resorts to copying a piece of text as it is. A consensus on the definition of plagiarism is then necessary to formulate rules that would inhibit such a practice and make students conscious of the need to cite references and attribute ideas, especially in an age when the Internet has made copying infinitely easier than before. Teachers also need education in this regard. It is no secret that there are many in their profession - as there are in journalism - who have no qualms about passing off someone else's hard work as the product of their own labour. Those who show signs of academic dishonesty at a teaching or research position should be sternly dealt with, for if they are not those under them will not develop acceptable work ethics.

The detection of plagiarism is not always easy but computer software is now available to make this task easier and the use of this should be compulsory at least in institutions of higher learning. Taking their cue from universities in the West, such institutions should also prepare plagiarism manuals defining this malpractice and its implications so that the seriousness of reproducing work without proper attributions is underscored. Plagiarism is a serious issue and the sooner that steps are taken to curb it the greater the chances for evolving a sense of intellectual honesty among the people. Dawn

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International Islamic University (IIU) organises book fair
Islamabad: A four-day book fair kicked off on the main campus of the International Islamic University (IIU) on Tuesday. The book fair will continue till November 28. Around 30 bookstalls have been set up by various publishers and booksellers at the book fair. Books on Information Technology, Social Sciences, Media, Biological Sciences and Defence and Strategic studies are available at the book fair on discounted prices. Publications of Dawah Academy and Islamic Research and Sharia Academy of the IIUI have also been displayed at the book fair. Thousands of Islamic books have been displayed at the stalls. Daily Times

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Announcement of education policy delayed
Islamabad: The announcement of much awaited national educational policy has been delayed further due to unofficial visit of Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijrani to a foreign country.

An official of Education Ministry told APP that the minister plans to organize an education conference to take recommendations from educational experts for the new policy. The conference has been delayed due to the present engagements of the minister.

The minister left the country on Nov 22 and he would return to homeland by end of next week, he informed.

The officials are in a process of consultation and the policy will be finalised after a comprehensive debate.

Due to the late appointment of new minister, the portfolio of education remained vacant for a long period of time which also hindered the approval of education policy.

Since the new minister has decided to review the policy, it seems that it would not be approved and implemented at the start of new educational session.

Salient features of National Education Policy 1998‑2010 are setting of aims and objectives of education and Islamic education.

The policy stresses on literacy and non‑formal education, elementary education, secondary education, teacher education, technical and vocational education, higher education and information technology.

The new policy will also focus on library and documentationservices, private sector in education, innovative programs and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the education system. App

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FJWU sports competitions kick off in festive manners
Rawalpindi: Inter departmental sports competitions kicked off here Tuesday at Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) in a festive and jubilant manner that will continue till December 5.

The purpose of these competitions is to encourage the students to take part in extracurricular and healthy activities with the help of latest sports equipment and professional coaches at the University.

Recently, floodlights were also installed in the University tennis court that were inaugurated by Vice Chancellor FJWU Professor Dr Saeeda Asadullah Khan.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the sports competition, the FJWU VC appreciated the efforts of Director Sports Professor Dr Suriya J Mahmood for conducting such events for the students. The sports competition at the University involves different games including the 60m race, shot put, discus throwing, javelin, lawn tennis, table tennis, badminton, volley ball and net ball and cricket. The News

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