Punjab University BA, BSc examination centres
492 BA/BSc examination centres established
Lahore, April 07: Punjab University Controller Examinations Prof Dr Liaqat Ali has stated that
the controller examinations has satisfactorily completed the
arrangements for the conduct of BA/BSc Annual Examination 2011,
commencing from April 7, for which 492 exam centres have been set up.
to a press release here on Wednesday, he said that out of the 492 exam
centres, 312 were for women candidates and 180 centres were for male
candidates while nine centres had been set up in the prisons to
facilitate the inmates. Dr Liaqat said a total number of 1,53,648
candidates were appearing in BA/BSc Annual Exam 2011, out of which
1,03,681 were female candidates while the remaining 49,967 were male
candidates. He advised the candidates that in case of any difficulty in
respect of non-receipt of roll number slips, the candidates should
immediately contact the Exam Centre concerned or the office of
Jashan-e-Baharan: The Punjab University
Hailey College of Banking & Finance (HCBF), with the support of
students, organised Jashan-e-Baharan Festival, with an objective to help
develop entrepreneurial spirit in students and to improve confidence in
them for appropriate decision-making in life.
According to a
press release on Wednesday, during the festival, 40 shops were set up
and sale of various products included apparel, ice-cream, eatable, minor
sports, photography, bangles, etc. Students from other institutes,
families of students and staff and faculty visited the shops. The news
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'Plagiarists' get key UET posts
Lahore: The University of Engineering and Technology
Syndicate has appointed alleged plagiarists as chairmen of the
Electrical Engineering and City and Regional Planning (CRP) departments.
the professors have also been blacklisted by the Higher Education
Commission on the grounds that the UET, Lahore had not taken appropriate
action against them in the light of the Plagiarism Policy. Their names
figure on HEC website's Plagiarism Policy page under the title "Black
List of Faculty members".
The UET Syndicate meeting, chaired by
vice-chancellor Muhammad Akram, last month confirmed the appointment of
Prof Dr Naeem Ayyaz and Prof Dr Shabiul Hassan Zaidi as chairmen of
electrical engineering and CRP departments, respectively.
Engineering Department's Prof Dr Suhail A. Qureshi, who himself is
facing plagiarism cases, has written a letter to the vice chancellor as
well as Syndicate members to review their decision of appointing the two
blacklisted professors as chairmen. The Syndicate members might have
been kept in the dark, he pointed out in the letter.
The UET VC
says the case of Prof Ayyaz is lying with the plagiarism committee while
Dr Zaidi's plagiarism case has been received and the Syndicate has yet
to issue charge-sheet against him. "The Syndicate members were of the
view that the appointment of both departments' chairmen has been lying
pending for long and needed to be decided in favour of those holding
look-after charge," he says.
Sources (in the university) said the
UET Syndicate had violated its decision wherein it had stated that no
faculty member facing plagiarism inquiry would be appointed as chairman
of a department.
The appointment of both faculty members as
chairmen, sources said, was not on regular or even current agenda of the
Syndicate. They also revealed that the Syndicate meeting held last
month was not attended by the representatives of the Higher Education
Commission, the Punjab Assembly, the Chancellor's Office and the Lahore
The varsity VC says Prof Qureshi, who himself is
facing plagiarism charges, is "conducting research on various faculty
members' research work" to divert the administration's focus from his
The VC admits the university had received 10 plagiarism
cases – five each against faculty members and students. He says the
cases of all the students and one faculty member – Electrical
Engineering Department's Associate Professor Hafiz Tahzeebul Hasan –
have been decided.
The Syndicate had found that the research paper
of Hafiz Tahzeebul Hasan contained mostly plagiarised material and thus
the charge was confirmed. Imposing penalty, the Syndicate asked him to
refrain from publishing plagiarised research papers in future. He was
also directed to publish withdrawal of his research paper and an apology
in the new Horizons, an IEEE Pakistan journal, in which his paper was
The five students were charged with submitting
plagiarised MSc theses and the Plagiarism Standing Inquiry Committee
(PSIC) found that their works contained mostly plagiarised material and
"charge of plagiarism was proved against them without any shadow of
The Syndicate had on May 31, 2010, directed the students –
Muhammad Salman Kahleeq, Syed Nazar Sardar Zaidi, Ashiq Husain Haral,
Shahzad Sarwar Gishkori and Sidra Javaid – to improve their respective
theses by removing plagiarism or re-write them within one year to the
satisfaction of their departments. They were also asked to refrain from
plagiarism in future.
Referring to the plagiarism cases against
Prof Dr Suhail Aftab Qureshi, the vice-chancellor said that the PSIC had
investigated and found that eight research papers of Prof Qureshi
contained mostly plagiarised material. He said Prof Qureshi continued to
claim credit for his tenure-track appointment on the basis of research
publications, two of which had been proved plagiarised.
Prof Qureshi also produced three plagiarised publications including one
published in 2008 after getting tenure-track appointment, which was a
flagrant violation of the HEC Plagiarism Policy and conduct unbecoming
of a teacher under PEEDA Act 2006.
Gen Akram said the Syndicate in
view of his length of service in the university took a lenient view and
reverted him to basic pay scale (BPS) of the post of professor as it
was at the time of appointment on tenure track. It also asked him to
withdraw the plagiarised research papers and publish an apology in the
journals which published the papers.
He was also asked to refund
all financial benefits and debarred from sponsorship of research
funding; travel grants; supervision of PhD and MSc students except those
currently being supervised; and fellowship or any other funded
programme for three years.
As for the charge of misuse of
university research grant by Prof Qureshi, the "Syndicate also
considered the issue of Research Grant amounting to Rs700,000 drawn in
2006 and 2008 by Prof Qureshi for innovative research project titled
Generating Electrical Energy from Electrostatic Vibration.
plagiarism committee report said the project was of 12 months duration
but Prof Qureshi did not make any significant progress, although he had
spent more than Rs625,000 on the research project. However, he published
two plagiarised research papers titled "Design of Electrostatic
Vibration to Electric Energy Conversion" and "Electrostatic Vibration to
Electric Converter" which were shown in the progress report of the
Directorate of Research Extension and Advisory Services.
Syndicate said the issue was whether an expenditure of Rs700,000 could
be justified on plagiarised results or the funds had been
misused/misappropriated. Meanwhile, Prof Qureshi denied his signature on
this report but in January 2010 (during inquiry) he got another
extension of one year for the completion of this project. Therefore, the
Syndicate noted, the plagiarism committee decided not to further
advance its investigation on this charge and recommended to proceed
against him under PEEDA Act 2006 through another committee.
Syndicate unanimously decided that the PSIC should complete the ongoing
inquiry on this charge and submit the final report on the expiry of
extended period for this project. Accordingly, the matter was referred
back to the PSIC for further consideration of the case in the light of
the above directions of the Syndicate and submission of final
recommendations to it.
The VC said the cases against Prof Dr Naeem
Ayyaz and chemistry department's Prof Dr Inamul Haq were with the
Complainant Prof Qureshi, however, alleges
that the cases against Prof Ayyaz and Prof Haq have been lying pending
for over a year and are deliberately being delayed, while cases against
him were executed in the shortest possible time.
Prof Haq, who was
appointed as convener of PSIC, was himself accused of doing PhD on the
basis of a plagiarised thesis. The varsity's Director General Research
had stated that there were some evidences of plagiarism committed by
Prof Haq has also been named among the HEC blacklisted
faculty members. Three of the six faculty members whose names figure in
the list belong to the UET, Lahore.
The VC also said a plagiarism
case against Prof Dr Shabiul Hassan Zaidi was received but he had yet
not been issued a charge-sheet by the Syndicate.
the complaint of plagiarism against Prof Haq, the UET Syndicate has
re-constituted a three-member Standing Plagiarism Committee comprising
Mechanical Engineering Department chairman Prof Dr Hameedullah Mughal
(convener), School of Architecture Director Prof Dr Abdul Rehman and
Institute of Environmental Engineering and Research's Prof Dr Tauseef
Ahmad Qureshi. Dawn
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