Universities asked to provide digital copy of each PhD thesis

LAHORE - Higher Education Commission has asked all the universities of the country to provide it a digital or computerised copy of the theses submitted by the students doing M Phil or PhD, sources in the HEC confided to The Nation here on Saturday. The sources said the HEC also directed universities managements to take undertaking from the students before staring their thesis for the degree of PhD wherein they should be warned that in case of plagiarising their degree would be cancelled and they would have no right to move court. An Islamabad based officer of the HEC seeking anonymity said the HEC was uploading all the theses done by the PhD students on its website so that an automatic check could be established and these theses would be open for all and in case of plagiarism each thesis would be checked by the website visitors. He said the universities managements were asked that the theses in Persian, Urdu, Islamic Studies and the languages other than English which could not be uploaded on the website should be monitored strictly to ensure transparency. He said the HEC had no system to upload or preserve the thesis in other languages than English. Two students of Sindh University and GC University Faisalabad, whose theses were found plagiarised, were warned that their degrees were declared invalid and they were asked to write their theses again. It is pertinent to mention here that at present there were more than 5,000 people who have won the PhD degree from various universities of the country while the theses of more than 1,000 people have been uploaded by the HEC on its website. The number of examiners and supervisors of the PhD scholars has been increased from one to two and in certain universities this number has touched three, the sources in HEC claimed. SZPMI to hold clinical course from 27th The Department of Medicine Shaikh Zayed Postgraduate Medical Institute (SZPMI) is organising 28th clinical course in an internal medicine from October 27 to November 01, 2008. This course is designed to improve the clinical skills of candidates who are about to appear in the clinical course of their part-II examination in FCPS, MRCP and MD Medicine. Distinguished teachers and experienced examiners will participate in the course and help the postgraduate students to further improve and refine their clinical skills. The clinical course will be of utmost benefit for the candidates who are appearing in the examination as well as 1st and 2nd year residents of postgraduate courses in Medicine who want to improve their clinical skills. In the past, numerous postgraduate students in the field of medicine has benefited from the course and able to pass their postgraduate examinations and currently holding many key posts in Pakistan and abroad. This is part of continued medical education of Department of Medicine, which is well renowned in the town for these sorts of educational activities. Last date of registration is October 27, 2008 and Department of Medicine Shaikh Zayed Hospital should be contacted in this regard. However, the postgraduate students are advised to register as soon as possible because limited slots will be available.

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