May 8, 2012

Karachi University decides that plagiarism is not misconduct – drops charges - The k2p blog

It does seem that plagiarism is not considered a very serious matter at Universities in Pakistan.
Karachi University has found a novel way to drop plagiarism charges against 4 academics against whom plagiarism charges were established by an independent committee. They charged the academics with misconduct, took up the matter formally at a Syndicate meeting and then dismissed their own charges since misconduct does not apparently include plagiarism under the University Act!
Karachi University was founded in 1951 and is considered one of the top 3 universities in Pakistan.
If this sounds convoluted – it is as nothing compared to the twists and turns and charges and counter-charges in this 4 year old story. Prof Dr Jalaluddin Ahmed Noori, Prof Dr Najma Sultan, (her husband) Prof Dr Saeed Arayen and Zakia Bibi at the University of Karachi were accused of plagiarism and an investigation committee consisting of  two retired judges and one serving judge of the Sindh High Court found the plagiarism charge to be established. The University then – probably intentionally – charged them with  “misconduct  (and not plagiarism under the Higher Education Commission policy) as mentioned in the University Act”.
The University Syndicate has now dropped all charges – as reported by Dawn - >>>

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