Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has ordered the federal secretary of education to register FIR against the Vice-chancellor of the Federal Urdu University, Professor Dr. Suleman Muhammad and remove him from his post after proven plagiarism in his Ph.D. thesis.
An important meeting of PAC took place in the parliament house under the leadership of the Opposition Leader, Syed Khursheed Shah.
Higher Education Commission (HEC) Executive Director Arshad Ali told the committee that last month, the Plagiarism Standing Committee acknowledged that the doctoral thesis of Dr. Suleman Muhammad was undeniably copied and a letter had been sent to cancel the Ph.D. degree awarded to Dr. Suleman.
In light of the evidence, the chair ordered the removal of the vice-chancellor from his current position, besides the recovery of salaries and other perks availed by him during his period of service.
During the proceedings, Dr. Muhammad tried to intervene; however, he was not given a chance to clarify his position. “An FIR should also be registered against him,” Shah said.
According to HEC, the commission received 198 objections since 2006 regarding plagiarism of which 160 cases have been confirmed. Some 90 complaints proved to be untrue, while 38 faculty members were banned after charges were proven against them. Presently, 38 cases are in development and six are sub-judice in a different court.