The Comsats University Islamabad (CUI) has suspended a lecturer who had allegedly asked an “objectionable” question in a quiz on the English composition of the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (BEE) programme.
The CUI Administration wrote a letter to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) on 2nd February to make sure that it had initiated [an] inquiry into the content of the quiz. The letter stated that the administration had already taken action and the services of the lecturer (visiting faculty) had been terminated from 5th Jan 2023. The faculty member, further stated the lecturer had also been blacklisted.
Students were “shocked” when they came across the question asking them to write 300 words on the topic.
Additional Registrar Naveed Ahmed Khan said when the rector called the lecturer to explain the matter, he admitted his mistake which culminated in his termination. “He had plagiarised the question from Google,” he added. The quiz, he said, was retaken.
A faculty member took a dig at the examination system questioning why the matter had only to be taken into consideration after the students raised the issue. He doubted that the lecturer had been sacked after the ministry took notice of the incident.
A faculty member said that the said incident was “highly shameful and it also exposed the examination system” of the university.
“Why did the examination department and concerned department remain oblivious to this question and why were the students asked a question like this,” he said and added that the management of the university swung into action when students raised this issue.
The faculty member, however, suspected that the services of the lecturer were terminated after the ministry took notice of the incident.