PESHAWAR: University of Peshawar Vice-Chancellor Dr Azmat Hayat Khan Wednesday challenged in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) the letter of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governor to probe his alleged involvement in plagiarism.
He filed the writ petition through Abdus Samad advocate, claiming that the HEC had unlawfully issued a letter to the governor to check his alleged involvement in plagiarism.
The petition said that under the HEC prescribed rules concerning plagiarism, the respective universities were authorized to verify such cases. It said the HEC had an independent body of Qualitative Enhancement cell in each university and verified such complaints through ‘Turnitine Software.’
It argued that the HEC body had verified the plagiarism complaint against the vice chancellor and cleared him of the allegations. It said that after verification, the HEC had no power or authority to issue a second letter to the governor to check the matter. The petitioner requested the high court to declare the HEC letter void and against the law.
Under the plagiarism policy 2007, the petition said, the HEC had even no power to take up plagiarism cases that occurred before 2007 until the author raised an objection before the authorities concerned. In the petitioner’s case, there was no complaint from the author, it added.
About two weeks ago, the governor’s office asked the HEC to constitute a committee under its supervision to probe the alleged involvement of the vice-chancellor in plagiarism. The HEC has received a letter (SO (HE.I)/6(1) 6/010/1832-33) from the Governor’s Secretariat, stating: that “keeping in view the gravity of the situation, the governor-chancellor is pleased to desire that the HEC may constitute a committee under its own supervision and furnish findings-recommendations for the perusal of the honourable KP governor.”
After receiving the letter, the HEC in reply issued its letter to the KP governor in which it requested the governor/chancellor to probe the matter of alleged involvement of the vice-chancellor in plagiarism.
Muhammad Zubair, an assistant professor in the Law College, had accused Dr Azmat Hayat Khan of plagiarism. The vice-chancellor reportedly said that he took action as vice-chancellor against the teacher for taking part in a demonstration and that this could be the main reason for the complaint against him.The news.