HEC criticised for collective punishment
LAHORE, Sept 13: The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has started
stopping funding for different individual research projects and academic
pursuits in the Punjab University on the pretext of the crime committed by their
PU's institute of administrative sciences' lecturer Sobia
Khurram sought funds from the HEC to go abroad to attend a conference to read
her research paper. But the HEC responded: "We cannot consider your request for
grant until the issue of plagiarism in the PU is resolved."
All-Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) President Dr
Mumtaz Salik condemned HEC for punishing teachers and researchers for collective
He said it was strange that the HEC had started stopping
funding even for research projects and higher education pursuits.
Salik said the PU's syndicate had taken decision on the plagiarism issue despite
the fact that there was no law available to check the menace. He said the HEC
had no right to interfere in the autonomy of the Punjab University and dictate
its policies. Dawn
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