The Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology organised a one-day workshop on ‘Anti-Plagiarism Measures’.
The Quality Enhancement Cell of the university organised the workshop. In addition to faculty members and students of the university, faculty members from other universities of Islamabad attended the workshop. HEC Quality Assurance Department Deputy Director Muneer Ahmad was the resource person for the workshop.
Speaking on the occasion, Muneer Ahmad said that the Higher Education Commission (HEC) has been making all-out efforts to provide anti-plagiarism software to all universities to guard against this plague. He said that the HEC Anti-Plagiarism Policy has been introduced in the system of higher education in the country.
“The credit, respect, recognition of research and scholarly publications, career development and financial gains are now linked with such original works accomplished without replicating the efforts of other researchers. It has, therefore, become necessary that the menace of plagiarism is highlighted and curbed through exemplary punitive actions. On the other hand, we must also guard against bogus or false complaints in order to prevent victimisation, which may make researchers and scholars shy away from research simply because of the fear of prosecution. A plagiarism policy has, therefore, become necessary to create awareness, define various forms in which plagiarism exhibits itself, present a methodology of investigation, cater for punitive action proportional to the extent of the offence and even address the issue of false or spurious complaints,” he said.
The participants were thoroughly educated and acquainted with the system. The system is so elaborate that if followed systematically, it is not difficult to find out the culprits who indulge in the activity just to increase their publications to gain benefits.