ITU Combating Plague of Plagiarism
One of the prime purposes of any seat of higher learning is to produce innovative and skilled
professionals with high standards of ethics and integrity. Information Technology University (ITU) places
academic honesty and ethical values very high. Despite efforts by Higher Education Commission (HEC)
and universities, plagiarism and other forms of academic cheating is on the rise globally and in Pakistan
as well. In this context National Centre for Academic Integrity at ITU is creating awareness and standards
to combat plague of plagiarism, cheating and academic dishonesty amongst researchers, faculty, students,
and staff in academia.
The reason of the plagiarism is found ignorance in using the appropriate tools and techniques to
avoid plagiarism. National Center for Academic Integrity and Quality Enhancement Cell at ITU held an
important session on combating plague of plagiarism through using turnitin software here today. The
session was participated by a large number of audience from all walks of life as it was open for the public.
The participants termed the session as very helpful in understanding the HEC plagiarism policy
and interpreting turnitin similarity reports. Resource persons for this session Dr Muhammad Ramzan,
Director Center for National Center for Academic Integrity / QEC and Mr Muhammad Asif Manager
Library, ITU briefed the participants about the software and its effectiveness. It is worth mentioning that
ITU is the first team to publish an empirical research on plagiarism in Pakistan.
Despite efforts by Higher Education Commission and universities, plagiarism and other forms of
academic cheating is on the rise globally and in Pakistan as well. One of the reason is ignorance in using
the appropriate tools and techniques to avoid plagiarism. The session included how to
detect plagiarism using Turnitin (online service), to avoid plagiarism through practical examples and
exercises in, Paraphrasing, Summarizing, Quoting, and Referencing