The committee has found evidence of plagiarism in the PhD of that DU teacher
spoke to two members of the syndicate. They said the report of the committee formed to probe allegations of theft related to Lutful Kabir’s PhD was raised at today’s (Thursday) syndicate meeting. The investigation committee has found evidence of theft allegations. Lutful Kabir Acting Dean of the Faculty of Law to determine the punishment. The syndicate has formed a three-member tribunal headed by Rahmat Ullah. Further action will be taken as per the decision given by the tribunal.
On January 21 last year, Prothom Alo online published a report titled ‘97% of DU teachers ‘PhD research is fake’. In view of this, at the syndicate meeting on 5 February of the same year, Lutful Kabir was exempted from the administrative and educational activities of the university. Besides, the syndicate formed a committee to investigate the allegations.
Abul Kalam Lutful Kabir’s PhD affiliation has been verified by Prothom Alo after allegations of plagiarism surfaced. Lutful Kabir’s article is 98 percent identical to a 2012 student paper submitted by a student-researcher at BRAC University in the capital. Significant similarities have been found in various parts of the article with a total of 18 journals, articles and research papers, all of which were published before Lutful Kabir’s ambition. Prothom Alo has all the information and documents related to this, including the original report of the research obtained from Turnitin software.
‘No qualified candidate in Sanskrit section’
Recently a recruitment board was set up to recruit teachers in the Sanskrit department of the university. None of the 16 candidates could read or write Sanskrit. As a result, the board has not recommended the appointment of anyone. In this situation, the syndicate has asked the Institution of Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC) of the university to review the curriculum of that department and the performance of the students (performance) and submit a report.
Besides, the syndicate meeting also approved the constitution of the newly established Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Mujib Center for Gender and Development Studies at the university. As per the recommendation of the University Education Council, 24 researchers have been awarded PhD degrees and 17 MPhil degrees.