Srinagar: A former PhD scholar of Kashmir University claims that his thesis has been plagiarized by a Jammu University (JU) scholar in his book and after lodging a complaint against him some Jammu University professors are convincing him to hush up the matter.
According to Dr. Shah Faisal, he completed his PhD degree from Kashmir University in January 2013 on the topic: ‘Waris Alvi’s Criticism of Short Stories: An evaluation’ under supervision of Professor Majid Muzmar.
He also says that for partial fulfillment of award of PhD degree, he has also contributed a research paper in the July-August 2012 issue of Pakistani Urdu journal ‘Jahan Su’ on the topic: ‘Waris Alvi’s Alim-u-Fan’.
“But, last month I was surprised to see a book titled: Waris Alvi ki Mato Shinashi’ on sale in Srinagar, written by Javeed Ahmad Mughal, a former M.Phil Scholar from Jammu University published in 2013, an exact copy of my PhD thesis and research paper,” said Faisal.
He said that the author has copied exactly all the chapters of the book from his work without giving him any credit.
“The author has even copied the preface of the book from my thesis and has not even corrected miss-spelled words of my work,” said Faisal.
He said that during his work he conducted interviews of many Urdu scholars including Salam-bin-Razaq and others regarding the work of Waris Alvi and quoted them in his thesis and research paper.
“The author has used the exact quotes from my work even when the audio recording of those interviews are exclusively available with him only,” said Faisal.
He said that after lodging a formal complaint against the author at Dean Research, Kashmir University, some professors of Jammu University’s Urdu department had approached him to hush up the case and settle the issue with the author.
“I have put my three years of hard work in my thesis and how can I let someone else take the credit of it,” said Faisal.
When HoD, Urdu Department, Jammu University, Sukh Chain Singh, was contacted he denied to have received any such complaint.
“We have not received any such complaint and if there is any case of plagiarism no one from my department can influence anyone to settle the issue informally,” said Singh.
He said that if they receive any such complaint and found true, they will take action against the author as per norms and rules.
Meanwhile, the author, Javeed Mughal, told Kashmir Reader that he is not aware of any such work produced or written before the publication of the book.
“I have not copied from anywhere if it is matching then God knows batter about it,” said Mughal.