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September 30, 2011

HEC probes plagiarism by PU institute head


September 30, 2011

THE Higher Education Commission (HEC) has launched an investigation into a case of alleged plagiarism involving the director of the Punjab University s Institute of Education & Research (IER), it is learnt.
The HEC has taken action on itself following failure of PU administration to cooperate with it in this regard, reveals the documentary evidence available with The News.
According to sources, the commission had first received complaint about plagiarism involving PU IER s director Dr Mumtaz Akhter early this year while quite recently, the HEC, once again, received the same complaint.
The sources said since the PU administration remained unmoved over the issue, the HEC has decided to investigate the issue itself. They said the commission had received the complaint that IER Director Dr Mumtaz Akhter had published an article Islamic Educational Approach to Environment Protection: A Strategic Approach for Secure and Peaceful World, with her co-authors, Tanveer Iqbal and Mubashra Khalid, in the International Journal of Business and Social Science (Vol. 1 No. 3; December 2010) which was actually plagiarised. They further said the original article Conceptualising Islamic Strategy for Environment and Sustainable Development by Dr Muhammad Ahsan was published in IPRI Journal (Vol VI, No 2, Summer 2006).
A PU faculty member, seeking anonymity, said Vice-Chancellor Mujahid Kamran was very particular about plagiarism and never missed a chance to take up the issue to its logical end.
While referring to the famous alleged case of plagiarism at the PU Centre for Higher Energy Physics (CHEP) and recent alleged case of plagiarism involving Prof Dr Zahid Mahmood of the Institute of Chemistry, the faculty member said silence on the part of VC in IER s plagiarism case was mysterious. He said Dr Mujahid Kamran did everything in the CHEP case and now he was also efficiently looking into the Institute of Chemistry s alleged plagiarism case but the IER s case was not

being taken up by him. The faculty member also expressed concern over the delay in investigation by the HEC, saying at least the commission should immediately remove name of Dr Mumtaz Akhter from the list of its approved supervisors.
An HEC official while talking to The New on the condition of anonymity said it was unfortunate that despite many reminders, the PU administration did not pay heed. He said if the plagiarism was confirmed in the particular case, the HEC might also suggest action against the PU authorities for trying to hush up the matter.

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