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Plagiarism Radar: 13 More Professors Caught !

ISLAMABAD-The spell of plagiarism continues to increase in Pakistan. Recently, Higher Education Commission (HEC) has blacklisted 13 more professors and is waiting for proper action to be taken against them by respective universities, TheNewsTribe reported.

According to the details, HEC has already blacklisted 21 faculty members sometime ago. Now it has blacklisted few more.

The HEC has published the names of 34 research papers, teachers and sources from where the content was plagiarized.

It is important to note that, the HEC has no policy to review every research paper or thesis of students. So, most of the cases were either referred by somebody from within the universities or by authors of original papers.

In its updated list, the HEC has named three teachers from Punjab University, Lahore, five from Shaheed Mohatarma Benazir Bhutto Medical University, Larkana, four from Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam, four from Peoples University of Medical and Health Sciences for Women, Benazirabad, and one each from International Islamic University Islamabad and Preston University, Islamabad.

The teachers were blacklisted for plagiarizing content in their research papers or thesis from other sources without  attribution and proper sourcing. Earlier in March, the HEC and President of Pakistan actually awarded two teachers that have made their way to the plagiarists’ list. Investigations against their appeals are underway

Blacklisted faculty members on the HEC website are active and working in their respective universities, despite orders to take necessary action against them. HEC Chairperson Dr Mukhtar Ahmad:

“If the universities are not complying with the orders, we can do our part by blocking all research grants, funding for seminars and barring them any other scholarships,” said HEC Chairperson Dr Mukhtar Ahmad.

Almost Six appeals are under process for deliberation in this regard.

When Masoom Yasinzai, IIUI’s rector, questioned about one of the two blacklisted professors he said that the professor has submitted his reply.

Whereas, HEC has denied any correspondence in the recent times. Dr Mukhtar Ahmad said:

“After investigations we told them to take action against the professor, but they are just dragging their feet,”

In December 2014, three journals of Elsevier, withdrawn 16 research papers submitted by a COMSATS’ professor when it was found that the author generated fake peer reviews by submitting false contact information for his suggested reviewers.

“Benefits, financial and professional, obtained through such publications should be withdrawn. The big fish, in particular, need to be tried in courts of law,”, Mukhtar Ahmad added.

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