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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 Commission (HEC).

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 in media.

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 attending rehearsal.

For any information, students may contact PUGC Examinations Department.

Three 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 added.

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 books.

"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 his tenure.

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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