The quality of research, results and educational facilities are often discussed in Pakistan. He has always questioned the absence of Pakistani universities in the world rankings. But recently, there was good news regarding 9 universities of Pakistan that they have been included in the list of 500 big international universities. I jumped for joy, but my happiness was shattered the next moment when I saw the number one universities on the list where parents do not like to send their children, while the priority universities for parents and children were far below that ranking.
Should this rating be considered good news for Pakistan? Are the quality of education of these 9 Pakistani universities really capable of competing internationally? To answer these questions, we need to know how universities are ranked.
The Times Higher Education Foundation annually announces the results of the global ranking of universities.
This year, the institute surveyed 1,500 universities in 93 countries, studying university teaching methods, research, knowledge sharing and international academic services. The institute released results after surveying 80 million citations, 1.3 million research papers and 22,000 scholars. The proportion of students and teachers in universities during the survey, the ratio of male and female students, after reviewing the research published in international journals Quaid-e-Azam University, Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, Comsats University Islamabad, University of Peshawar, Agricultural University, Faisal Abad, GC University Faisalabad, Lims Lahore, NIST and Punjab University.
The question is whether the quality of the universities in the rankings is better than other universities in Pakistan?
While corruption is ingrained in the fabric of society, it has also corrupted the education system. The objective system used by Times Higher Education to test the quality of ranking is preferred in Pakistan, as it promotes a culture of prejudice and personal preference.
Higher education in Pakistan is controlled by a mafia, it operates in the form of mafia cartels. Supports each other on every issue. Millions of rupees are spent on the national treasury every year. This is the mafia that issues arbitrary ratings. That is why in the eyes of parents and students, the rating of standard universities is lower, while the rating of non-standard universities is better. How does this mafia work? What is the role of this mafia in the ranking of universities?
Although the HEC has set some strict rules for reviewing the quality of higher education over the past few years, these rules have been repeatedly violated, and efforts have been made to achieve the desired results. Research has now been incorporated as an essential component for the development of university teachers. That is why it is not possible for a lecturer to become a professor at a university unless his research papers have been published in international journals.
The Higher Education Commission has classified research journals as W, X, Y and Z with their importance. Because the professional development of teachers is now directly linked to research publication, according to the HEC. Therefore, the market for counterfeiting or corruption in this sector has begun to heat up. There are many professors and lecturers in universities across the country who have been promoted by publishing papers through forgery. We now have before you the various methods of corruption in research papers.
Teachers are also divided into two different camps for publishing research papers in universities. Non-standard research papers of the teachers of their choice are published, while standard papers of the teachers of the opposing camp are also not given space. Not only that, but university teachers keep in touch with each other, publish their articles in journals through their friends, so that they can meet their promotion needs. Now if one teacher helps his friend, he expects the same from another. The second type of corruption is the system of hired researchers, co-authors.
Assistant author Nizam, an individual does research, he works hard on the article, but he also writes down the name of an individual who does not even know the alphabet of the research being done in the article. Many supervisors of PhD students expect him to be included as a co-researcher in student research papers. If students do not do this, support for their research work is withdrawn. Similarly, articles are also written by hired authors. Each category of research article has a different rate. In these ways, many ordinary faculty members claim hundreds of publications in their own name. The quality of any article is reviewed after it is published, and the article is given more prominence globally, which researchers include and cite in their research. Here, too, the journals mafia show its performance. Despite being a bundle of counterfeit research articles, they are not referenced anywhere in the world. But readers will be surprised to learn that this mafia of researchers also works here and includes references to substandard investigations of people in their group in their articles. In this way the citation count of these professors increases. Journals fix the review process just like the mafia corrupt people.
With this academic dishonesty, corruption in research, it is not surprising that a non-standard university can improve in the world rankings. Because the more university professors' papers are printed, the better the teacher-student ratio will be, where the courses will be taught on files rather than in reality. The ranking of this university will be better. Marriages are being held instead of improving the ranking of universities, but who will see the forgery behind this standard? How can corruption in research articles be prevented? How can the journal mafia be controlled? Of course, the Higher Education Commission will have to take steps to control all these matters. Then the quality will be better and happy weddings will be held instead.
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