Proceedings held against cases of plagiarism

Hyderabad: A four-member inquiry committee set up by the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences (LUMHS) has commenced proceedings against seven authors facing plagiarism allegations referred to the university by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

"All the authors appeared before us. Some statements were recorded. We are verifying some letters that are relevant to the case because we want in-depth investigations," said a committee member.

He said that proceedings would take some time before a conclusion was reached. "We need relevant information," he said.

Another member said that he was under oath not to disclose anything about the deliberations, but added that statements of the authors had been recorded and letters from editors of the journals had been received.

The HEC had written to LUMHS Vice-Chancellor Professor Dr Noshad A. Shaikh in December 2009 to constitute a Plagiarism Standing Committee under its policy to evaluate the case.

The doctors against whom the inquiry has been initiated are Dr Aisha Memon, Dr Shahida Parveen, Dr K. Sangrasi, Dr Arshad M. Malik, Dr Aziz Leghari and K. Altaf Hussain Talpur of the department of Surgery and Medical Research. Dr Aziz Leghari is a professor, Dr Talpur an associate professor and Dr Aisha Memon, Dr Shahida, Dr Arshad and Dr Sangrasi assistant professors.

Dr Aisha has left the LUMHS and is now serving in a Middle East country. Dr Shahida is in Dow University of Health Sciences. Professor Qureshi has retired and is still with LUMHS. Dr Leghari was recently promoted. Dawn