University of Karachi KU syndicate baulks at deciding plagiarism cases
Karachi: Officials of Karachi University keep delaying a final decision on plagiarism cases involving three senior professors with two of them having already retired during the proceedings of the cases.
The university has not yet made any rules and regulations on plagiarism, nor has it adopted the rules formulated by the Higher Education Commission (HEC). It is dealing with alleged plagiarism under the charge of misconduct.
According to sources, the chances of a discussion on the plagiarism cases in the university syndicate meeting scheduled for Saturday are slim as the matter is not part of its agenda.
The cases have been pending a final decision for a year for want of opinion from the nominee of the chief justice of the Sindh High Court.
It is worth noting that plagiarism charges had been established in all the three cases which involved Prof (Dr) Jalaluddin Ahmed Noori, former dean of Islamic studies, Prof (Dr) Saeed Arayne, former chairman of the chemistry department and Prof (Dr) Najma Sultana (wife of Dr Arayne), former dean of pharmacy.
The KU administration had suspended the three teachers and sacked Dr Zakia Bibi, an ad-hoc teacher at the chemistry department, accused of plagiarism in 2009 when the charges were proved by inquiries and the level of the plagiarism was determined as “major”.
Speaking to us in reference to cases pertaining to Prof Arayne and his wife, KU Vice Chancellor Prof (Dr) Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui had said on Jan 28, 2010 that: “The syndicate has sought legal advice on the matter. So, it is not correct to report that the syndicate had declined to take action.”
The vice chancellor was clarifying news reports that the KU (in its syndicate meeting) had decided not to take action against these teachers as they had retired.
The case pertaining to Prof Jalaluddin Ahmed Noori is also awaiting an opinion from the chief justice’s nominee.
Apart from the university’s internal inquiries, the cases were also investigated by retired justice Saleem Akhtar, retired justice Haziq-ul-Khairi and retired justice Nadeem Azhar Siddiqui.
Referring to the long delay by KU officials in deciding the plagiarism cases, a university syndicate member said that despite the fact that a few meetings of the university syndicate were held last year, the members had raised the matter and urged the university officials to contact the nominee of the chief justice.
Currently, Justice Irfan Saadat Khan, is the chief justice’s nominee on the KU syndicate, who is expected to attend the Saturday meeting, according to sources.
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