Top HEC official resigns over plagiarism allegations

09:57 AM | 22 Oct, 2018
Top HEC official resigns over plagiarism allegations
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ISLAMABAD – A key official of the High Education Commission has resigned following the allegations of plagiarism in his research work.

Executive Director Dr. Arshad Ali, who was appointed to the post in 2016, was facing the case initiated by the HEC’s Plagiarism Standing Committee earlier this year. In April this year, the then chairman of the body wrote the ministry concerned that plagiarism case has been established against Ali, local newspaper reported

The accused, who tendered his resignation on Sunday, had been defending the allegations since the case was initiated by the federal education body.

Ali had produced a research paper titled “A Taxonomy and Survey of Grid Resource Planning and Reservation Systems for Grid-Enabled Analysis Environment” in 2014, however, the HEC’s anti-plagiarism tool, Turnitin App, found it heavily copied from a foreign publication.

The HEC high ups in a meeting on Friday expressed serious concerns over the illegal act by the executive director of the prestigious body.

HEC chairman Dr. Tariq Bunari is set to hold a press conference today to announce various decisions taken by the commission in a recent meeting.