Plagiarism in Pakistan | PU Gujranwala Campus
Steps against plagiarism discussed
Lahore, April 18: Plagiarism in Pakistan has increased with
the improvement in quality of higher education and it is, therefore, one
of the biggest challenges for universities and the Higher Education
These views were expressed during a workshop on "plagiarism" held here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Tuesday.
The workshop was organised by UHS Quality Enhancement Cell.
Speaking on the occasion, QEC Deputy Director Dr. Allah Rakha said a
large number of cases of plagiarism by the teaching community,
especially the PhD scholars, had so far come to limelight and reported
He added the HEC had taken several important initiatives to combat
plagiarism including the formation of Quality Assurance Division, which
in 2007 announced HEC's Plagiarism Policy to discourage copiers and
encourage researchers, students and teachers to produce original work.
The objectives of this policy were to apprise students, teachers,
researchers and staff about plagiarism and introduce ways to discourage
plagiarism by regulating and authorising punitive actions against those
found guilty, Dr Rakha said.
He said the HEC Plagiarism Policy stated that plagiarism is "taking
and using the thoughts, writings, and inventions of another person as
one's own. It is the context where one misrepresents ideas, words,
computer codes or other creative expression as one's own and manifests
it in a variety of forms, which include verbatim copying, near-verbatim
copying and paraphrasing sentences with or without citing the source
properly. Ways for detecting plagiarism include the mixed citation
styles, lack of references or quotations, unusual formatting, anomalies
of diction and anomalies of style." Dr Allah Rakha said HEC last year
allowed the plagiarism detection service, Turnitin, to access all public
and private sector universities for greater efficiency in implementing
the plagiarism policy. He added that UHS would conduct workshops for the
faculty and postgraduate medical students to apprise them about
plagiarism and how it could be avoided. Dawn
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PU Gujranwala Campus convocation on 24th
Lahore: Punjab University's Gujranwala Campus (PUGC) is holding its first-ever
convocation for passing out graduates' sessions 2004-2008; 2005-2009 and
2006-2010 on April 24.
According to a press release
issued on Saturday, a full dress rehearsal will be held on April 23 at
8:00am. All the relevant candidates have been asked through registered
letters to give their consent by April 16, 2013 to attend the
convocation, as no candidate will be admitted to convocation without
For any information, students may contact PUGC Examinations Department.
PhDs awarded: Punjab University has awarded three PhD degrees to
scholars on Saturday. According to a press release, the degrees were
awarded to Iqbal Hussain Asad S/o Muhammad Ramzan in the subject of
South Asian Studies after the approval of his thesis titled "Development
of Libraries in Pakistan-Bangladesh: A Comparative Study", Sumrin Sahar
D/o Ghulam Nabi Arif in the subject of Zoology after the approval of
her thesis titled "Screening and Molecular Identification of Chloroquine
Resistant Genes in Plasmodium Falciparum From Muzaffargarh, Pakistan''
and Abdus Sattar S/o Muhammad Siddique in the subject of Education after
the approval of his thesis titled "A Comparative Study of Job
Satisfaction, Professional Commitment and Classroom Performance of
Contractual and Permanent Lecturers at College Level". The news
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Book fair at GCU
Lahore: The Government College University's library
society began on Tuesday its three-day book fair on Bukhari Auditorium
lawns to promote book-reading among students.
As many as 42 national and international publishers have set up their
stalls at the book fair, which received a warm response from students
on the opening day.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Khaleequr
Rahman said books had great significance and information technology
could not replace them.
GCU Chief Librarian Abdul Waheed said the three-day fair had brought
more than 100,000 books of science, religion, literature, art and
culture under one-roof with an aim to rejuvenate Pakistani youth's love
for books in the cyber age.
He said publishers were giving discount up to 50 per cent on books at
the book fair. He said a large number of students, researchers and
teachers had visited the book fair on the first day.
The VC said books left ever-lasting impressions on the minds of the readers.
"The vision and knowledge you get by reading books; you can never
have it by just reading reviews and summaries on the internet," he
He called upon the publishers to give maximum discounts keeping in view that those who were buying were students.
Publishers said response from students was much better and
encouraging as compared to the last year. However, they said most of the
students purchased books at the last date of such fairs.
GCU Library Society President Usman Zamurd said visiting a book fair
was a marvelous experience even if you did not have a temptation to buy
"It makes us aware of the latest books available on various topics," he said.
The fair will remain open till the closing ceremony on March 18 at 3pm.
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Teachers raise issues at PUASA meeting
Lahore: Teachers raised issues like promotions,
'discrimination', development in university colony and towns and one-man
one-post policy at a meeting of the Punjab University Academic Staff
Association (PUASA) general body on Monday.
The meeting had been called to inform the house that PUASA president
Dr Ehsan Sharif had been elected president of the Federation of All
Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association (FAPUASA) and the
federation recently held a meeting with the Higher Education Commission
chairman and executive director for postponement of post-PhD experience
for appointment as associate professor and professor. Dr Sharif told the
house that the HEC chairman and executive director had agreed to
postpone this condition for two years. A notification in this regard
would be issued soon.
Former Syndicate member Dr Mumtaz Anwar objected to 'pick and choose'
for promotions in all departments and said that almost 70 per cent of
seats for associate professors and 50 per cent of professors were vacant
in the university.
He raised an objection to the appointment of 'favourite' faculty
members to a number of posts and reminded the house that former
Syndicate member Dr Mujahid Mansoori had raised the issue of one-man
one-post policy in the Syndicate and he (Dr Anwar) had carried it during
Dr Anwar demanded that the university administration should implement
one-man one-post policy across the board. He urged PUASA elected
members to 'begin the charity at home'.
Another teacher, Mr Haris, urged association general secretary Javed
Sami to resign from his post as Resident Officer-I because he was
holding other posts too.
Dr Bushra said anti-group teachers were being targeted in the
university and inquiries were not being initiated on complaints across
the board. She said she found teachers 'frightened' when she was
campaigning for the PUASA election. Dr Rana Eijaz said teachers'
promotions were not smooth and some teachers were being favoured.
Dr Anwar urged the general body to pass a resolution on these issues,
but the elected body refused on the pretext that these issues were not
on the agenda.
Dr Sharif said the issues like one-man one-post, inquiries and
promotions were raised in the meeting, but the house was not supposed to
pass a resolution because these issues were not on the agenda.
"University teachers may bring these issues on agenda in the next
general body meeting for formal discussion and resolution," he said.
About the one-man one-post policy, Dr Sharif said, "I do not want to
comment". He said inquiries were being conducted on allegations against
teachers and officials on the basis of rules and regulations.
The PUASA president said the incumbent elected body was supporting
the university administration and it improved research culture and
academics in the university. He said the association was working for
revival of the performance award for teachers that was discontinued
because of budget cut by the HEC.
He said the university administration had built 12 flats for faculty
members and as many flats would be built this year. He said day-care
centres had been set-up to facilitate women teachers. Dawn
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