The executive director of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Dr Arshad Ali, resigned after he was found involved in plagiarising 80% of his research paper.
Mr Ali was appointed as an Executive Director of the HEC and was acting as principal accounting officer. He took the charge to the post in January 2016
The plagiarism case against Mr Ali was initiated by HEC’s Plagiarism Standing Committee months ago and in April this year the then HEC chairman wrote to the ministry of federal education that Mr Ali has been found guilty in the case. However, the ED since then he had been justifying himself saying that he did nothing wrong.
Turnitin Software found 80% of Plagiarism
According to HEC’s Turnitin App ( software used to check plagiarism rate), his research paper published in 2014 titled “A Taxonomy and Survey of Grid Resource Planning and Reservation Systems for Grid-Enabled Analysis Environment,” was 80% copied from a research paper of a foreign author.
Today, HEC chairman Dr Tariq Bunari is scheduled to have a press conference to announce various decisions taken by the commission over the concerns of the plagiarism committee.
However, yesterday the ED resigned himself.
HEC spokeswoman Ayesha Ikram said: “Dr Arshad Ali has resigned on the basis of his own decision in order to prevent further adverse impact upon the organisation because of the ongoing controversy over the allegation against him.”