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‘Their romance could adversely affects the students’: Teacher couple sacked by private school in Pulwama

A teacher couple working in a private school in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir were sacked on their wedding day with the school management claiming their “romance could adversely affect the students”.Tariq Bhat and Sumaya Bashir, residents of Tral town in Pulwama, were working in Boys’ and Girls’ wings, respectively, of Pampore Muslim Educational Institute for the past several years.They alleged their services were abruptly terminated by the school management on November 30, the day they entered the wedlock.While the principal of the school did not respond to calls for a comment on the sacking, chairman of the school Bashir Masoodi said the duo were relieved from service as they were in a “romantic relationship” before getting married.”They were having romance and it is not good for the 2,000 students of the school and 200 staff members working there. This can adversely affect the students,” Masoodi told PTI.On other queries, he asked the reporter to “visit the school and talk to the principal for it”.The couple claimed that they had an arranged marriage.”Ours was an arranged marriage. We got engaged a few months ago and the entire school management knew about it as Sumaya hosted a party for the staff members soon after the engagement ceremony,” Bhat said.He questioned the school management’s claim of “romantic relationship”, asking why they were not given an opportunity to explain if it were the case.”We both applied for leave to get married almost a month before the wedding day and the school management sanctioned the leave. If we were in a romantic relationship, did they come to know of it only after we announced our wedding plans?” Bhat asked.The couple alleged the school management was “tarnishing” their image. “We have got married which is the right thing to do from which ever perspective one looks at it. We have not sinned or committed a crime,” they said.

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Social Science textbooks in 4 states not following guidelines: research

Social Science textbooks in some states are not following the guidelines laid under National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 which say that “textbooks should not present any such thing that hurts the sentiments of any community or tribe”, a research by an organisation working on education revealed.Centre for Educational Research and Training scanned National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) textbooks from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka to come to this conclusion.Quoting an example from Gujarat textbook from Class 6, the research says, “Ancient Indian history is portrayed to begin with Vedic era carrying the ‘description’ of Aryan society. The book stratifies the social sphere in four categories: Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaish and Shudra. It is mentioned that those engaged in ‘low level’ or baser work were called Shudra.” This is given in Chapter 2, page 9 of the Class 6 book of history.”Why do you need to tell students that Shudras are at the lower level, these kind of things set up a wrong image in mind of young children. In the same book, in another chapter Harshavardhana’s ‘routine life’ finds a mention where he is described as doing administrative activities, social welfare activities and religious activities. He is said to have erected many temples and ‘Maths’, and restricted killing of animals. At the end, the chapter describes social life alleging that people followed ‘Hindutva’,” said Touseef Ahmed from CERT who worked on the research.”The National Curriculum Framework 2005 clearly mentions that the curriculum should not have anything that hurts the sentiments of a particular tribe or community, then why are the textbooks still teaching students in this way. We have given a representation on the same to Ministry of Human Resource Development to have a look at the examples and get them changed,” he added.
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Congress’ student wing to demand reduction in GST for educational institutes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nationalist Student Congress (NSC), student wing of the NCP, will soon submit a memorandum to the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley to reduce the GST on higher educations and its auxiliary services.Many higher educational institutions boast sprawling campuses, some of which host residential students as well. These institutions are likely to incur additional heavy expenditures on some of the services, like security, housekeeping, or catering, as these services will be charged 18% GST. In such a scenario, in all probability, these institutions will pass this tax burden on to the students, thus making higher education more expensive.The NSC students’ wing will be launching an agitation to demand a reduction in the steep GST on students’ hostel facilities including services, like security, housekeeping, or catering, which has made higher education more expensive.“The students are required to pay more for laundry, food in the hostel mess, medicines, stationery, and other services and products that they buy on the campus. ”All such services attract a levy of 18 per cent,” said Amol Matele, President of the Nationalist Student Congress (NSC), student wing of the NCP. “The NSC will soon submit a memorandum to the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley and if the centre fails to reduce the GST, we will be left with no alternative but to launch a state wide agitation” he further added.

Jat leader threatens protest if Haryana govt does not agree to demands

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jat leader Yashpal Malik has threatened to hold a protest if the Haryana government did not agree to their demands.”If Haryana government does not agree to our demands then we will hold a protest and many will come to Delhi on tractors and trolleys for the protest,” the Jat leader said in Rohtak on Sunday. However, Union minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said that there is a chance that they will get a reservation and also get through the judicial scrutiny. “When Gujjars and Yadavs can get reservation then why can’t we,” the minister added.In September, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had upheld the constitutional validity of the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act 2016, that provides for 10% to six communities, including Jats.A violent Jat agitation had crippled the state in February, which resulted in the death of many people and widespread damage to property. It was brought under control only after the army staged a flag march. In March 2016, the Haryana Assembly passed the Haryana Backward Classes (Reservation in Services and Admission in Educational Institutions) Act 2016, carving out a new BC (C) category which included the communities of Jat, Jat Sikh, Muslim-Jat, Bishnoi, Ror and Tyagi. The act made provisions for reservations to these six communities.

In blow to Rajasthan, SC stays, caps Gujjar quota

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a setback for the Vasundhara Raje government, the Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday stayed Rajasthan’s move to grant reservation benefits to Gujjars. The top court further directed the state to cap reservations to Gujjars up to 50 per cent until the High Court finally decides the issue.The order came on the heels of an appeal filed by the Rajasthan government challenging a November 9 High Court (HC) order which restrained the state from implementing a bill that provided five per cent quota to five OBCs (Other Backward Classes) and six sub-castes, including Gujjars, raising the reservation in the state to 54 per cent.The order, pronounced by a bench headed by the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, comes months ahead of next year’s Rajasthan Assembly polls.”…taking into consideration the facts and circumstances of the case and various decisions of this court, we are inclined to restrain the state government from taking any action or decision on the administrative side or in any manner conferring the benefit of reservation, which will have the result of crossing the total reservation beyond 50 per cent,” the SC said. During the course of hearing, state government said that it has power to pass such a bill and the court cannot interfere with the legislative process. Agreeing with this reasoning, the apex court bench, that also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, proceeded to partially set aside the HC order.Earlier this month, Rajasthan High court had said that since the SC had already asked the state government to maintain status quo after the 2015 Gujjar reservation Bill was struck down by Rajasthan High Court, “it will not be appropriate to allow the state government to do anything contrary to the Supreme Court’s order and they are restrained from acting upon the Bill.”The Rajasthan Backward Classes (Reservation of Seats in Educational Institutions in the State and of Appointment and Posts in Services under the State) Bill, 2017, which was passed on October 26 this year, sought to increase OBC quota from 21 per cent to 26 per cent, and create a separate category of ‘More Backward Classes’ for Banjara, Gadiya Lohar, Gujjar, Raika and Gadariya castes, giving them a five per cent reservation.Ganga Sahay Sharma, the petitioner who had approached the Rajasthan HC against the bill, said the state government introduced reservation bills for Gujjars in 2008 and in 2015; both were quashed by the High Court, mainly because they exceeded the 50 per cent reservation limit set by the apex court.

Mother’s presence compulsory at parent-teacher meetings: Rajasthan govt’s circular

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The education department of Rajasthan, plans to make mothers active stakeholders in the education of their children and issued a notice indicating the same. The department’s notice is pleasantly surprising considering recently they had advised women to grind the mill for ‘good health’.For the first time, on November 18, government schools across the state will organise parent-teacher meets that will have to be attended by the mother. A grandmother or an aunt could substitute, but a female relative’s presence is mandatory.In rural areas with low female literacy rates and a male-dominated society, ‘important jobs’ including children’s’ education are the prerogative of men. Thus, to ensure the presence of the women, the teachers have been issuing reminders inviting the mothers. They have strict instructions to keep record to which parents come for the PTA.While the idea sounds good on paper, the move is testament to the sorry state of affairs regarding women’s education in the state.The fact that the government had to issue orders, to ensure that mothers come for the parent teacher meet, is a telling statement on the stark difference between the private and government schools. The PTAs at the private schools are largely attended by mothers and a father’s presence is considered to be an indication of some ‘trouble by both parties’.There has never been regular interaction between teachers and parents in government schools. The PTA was introduced in the government schools this academic year and as yet there have been two PTAs which male guardians attended.The education department is sending regular reminders to ensure attendance of mothers. The move is being hailed as a move to engage the support of the first teacher of the child – the mother.The village school has a penetrating presence, ideally the exercise should be used to garner additional information about the state of women. Especially their educational status.

UGC orders 123 institutes to drop tag of ‘university’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Institutions like Jamia Hamdard, Symbiosis International University and others that are under the deemed-to-be-universities category will not be able to use the word ‘university’ in their names.The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked 123 deemed-to-be-universities to drop the word from their names in a letter dated November 10. The letter cites a Supreme Court order of November 3, 2017 and says that the use of word ‘university’ by such institutes is in violation of Section 23 of the UGC Act. The court has asked such to stop using the word within one month of the issue of the Court order.While issuing orders on banning technical education through distance mode, the apex court had also said that no deemed-to-be-university can run open and distant learning courses from the next academic year (2018-19) unless it is permitted to do so by the concerned authorities.The court has also directed UGC to take proper steps to implement the Section 23 of the UGC Act, 1956.The Section 23 of the UGC Act, 1956 says, “No institution, whether a corporate body or not, other than a University established or incorporated by or under a Central Act a Provincial Act or a State Act shall be entitled to have the word ‘University’ associated with its name in any manner whatsoever”.With this order, prominent institutes like Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Jamia Hamdard, National University of Educational Planning & Administration, Birla Institute of Technology (Mesra), Christ University, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, SYMBIOSIS International University (Pune), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Coimbatore), and more will no longer will be able to use the word in their names.RULESAccording to Section 23 of the UGC Act, institutions that are not established or incorporated by a Central Act, a Provincial Act, or a State Act can use ‘university’ in their names.

Centre to conduct National Achievement Survey to understand learning outcomes of school children

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In order to access the standard of education and learning outcomes among school children, the central government on Monday initiated the National Achievement Survey (NAS). Termed as the largest ever survey conducted by a government agency, the exercise will test over 30 lakh children in schools across the country. The survey will be conducted by National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and State Councils for Educational Research and Training (SCERTs) at the state level. Announcing the survey, Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar on Monday tweeted, “The largest ever National Achievement Survey (NAS), based on the Learning Outcomes, to be conducted amongst 3 million school children on Monday November 13 by NCERT @ciet_ncert & State Govts. National Achievement Survey is a transparent and under third party verification credible excercise.” According to sources, results of the survey are expected to be out sometime between January to February next year. The survey will help the government to access learning levels of students in various parts of the country. Conducting learning outcome based survey is one of the biggest policy decisions that Javadekar led Ministry of HRD has taken in the recent times.The government defined learning outcomes and included it in the RTE through an amendment. This decision was taken after the government decided to do away with no-detention policy after Class 8, in a meeting if the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) held last year.

VK Sasikala kin’s hostel yields gold

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For the third consecutive day, the Income Tax (I-T) officials continued their search for unaccounted wealth at over 40 premises of jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala’s kin, their associates and aides across the state.On Saturday, I-T sleuths seized volumes of incriminating documents relating to investments to the tune of Rs 1,500 crore and seven kilograms of unaccounted gold, luxury watches and cash from Sengamala Thayaar Educational Trust Women’s College hostel in Tiruvarur, which belongs to Sasikala’s brother, V Dhivaharan. Dhivaharan was taken for questioning and I-T officials also knocked at his daughter Mathangi’s residence at Defence Colony in Chennai.The department froze 51 bank accounts belonging to shell companies and individuals.”Several documents of money transactions seized during the raid are yet to be scrutinised. We will have total value of investments only after the completion of the search operation in all the premises,” the official said.On Thursday, a team of around 1,800 officials launched the massive search exercise at 187 premises connected to Sasikala’s kin in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi. The residences of Sasikala’s sister-in-law, Illavarassi’s son Vivek at Mahalingapuram and daughter Krishnapriya at T Nagar continued to be searched. The duo were also questioned about their source of income. Searches also continued at the offices of Jaya TV and Jazz cinemas in Chennai. The two residences of Sasikala’s astrologer and a jewellery shop in Cuddalore are also under the scanner.Operation Clean Money was launched by IT officials following specific information on shell companies, dubious investments and large deposits of cash post demonetisation.Also FoundRs1,500 cr in investments, revealed by documents51 bank accounts of shell companies, individuals frozen7 kg of gold, luxury watches and bundles of cash found

NIA files charge sheet against Zakir Naik, to probe his assets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday filed a charge sheet against controversial televangelist Dr Zakir Naik, his banned NGO Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), and Harmony Media Private Limited (HMPL) in a Sessions Court in Mumbai. In the charge sheet, the agency cited a few alleged “inflammatory and derogatory” statements of Naik. The 4,000-page charge sheet also contains statements of 150 witnesses. Naik has been booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Indian Penal Code.According to NIA, the investigation brought on record that in September 2012, during Ganpati festival, two quotes of Naik taken from his speech delivered earlier in Srinagar were uploaded on his Facebook account by IRF for public view. The quotes read: “If you prove to me that Shri Ganesh is Bhagwaan, then I will eat the prasaad,” and “If your Bhagwaan cannot recognise his own son (Sri Ganesh), how will he recognise me if I fall into any difficulty?””The religious sentiment of Hindus was deeply hurt by these insulting and deriding comments. Probe revealed that Naik admitted before the Supreme Court that the said controversial quotations were posted on his Facebook account by an employee of the IRF named Asif Sheikh. Although Naik told the court that Sheikh was no longer an employee, investigation has revealed that he continued to work in the same capacity but his name was removed from the list of IRF employees to cover up the matter; and he was shown as an employee of another outfit styled as ‘Islamic Dimensions’,” said an NIA official.”The investigation revealed that the IRF and the IRF Educational Trust have received huge amounts as donations from the public in India and also from abroad. But most of the acknowledgment receipts have only ‘Well wisher’ written on the dotted lines for the donor’s name. I t also revealed that Naik’s sister Nailah Naushad Noorani was a trustee of IRF Educational Trust along with him. When Naik became an NRI in 2013, he appointed Noorani as Director in HMPL as well as in Longlast Constructions Company, in his place. It was found that she was Director on paper only, and all the affairs of the companies were handled by her brother. She signed the cheques on the instruction of her brother and had no knowledge of the company affairs. Furthermore, she had received Rs29 crore from Naik through her parent’s bank account between 2013 and 2016. This money was invested in HMPL and Longlast Constructions Company as per Naik’s instructions,” said the officer.He added that huge amounts have been received by domestic and foreign entities and individuals related to Naik. Also, a huge quantity of cash has been generated in the system by entities and individuals connected to Naik ans this has been invested in real estate and holding companies.The investigation has revealed that there are 19 immovable properties, including land and building, worth Rs 104 crore connected with Zakir Naik. The source and the mode of acquisition of these properties are being investigated by NIA.Probe further revealed that Naik is the founding trustee and a member of IRF, which as per the agency, is an Unlawful Association. “He has conspired with the IRF Trust and the HMPL to commit offences of promoting enmity and hatred between different religious groups in India through his public speeches and lectures. The probe firmly establishes that the incriminating public speeches/utterings have been in circulation through the electronic media, such as CD/DVD and web portals Facebook/YouTube, etc.; and have been, and continue to be seen across the world. These speeches were forwarded to the Global Broadcast Corporation, Dubai, for broadcast in Peace TV. The minutes of IRF board of trustees’ meetings disclose that IRF had approved, organised, promoted and funded public lectures of Naik including his incriminating speeches. The seized material such as DVDs and books list IRF as the publisher,” said the official.As per the agency, many incriminating speeches of Naik were delivered during the peace conferences organised by IRF in Mumbai from 2007 to 2011. The minutes of IRF Board of Trustee’s meetings confirm that IRF had planned, organised, funded and promoted these events where there was open exhortation to convert people of other religion into Islam by Naik. Nine speeches or utterings of Naik were found to be inflammatory as they hurt the religious sentiments, besides inciting violence.

Lost cinema: Revisiting the decline of Rajasthani cinema

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A documentary on the issue of deterioration of Rajasthani Cinema titled Lost Cinema: Rajasthani Cinema, wins the Best Script title at the Educational Video Competition organised by Consortium for Educational Communication, a centre under University Grants Commission of India, in Himachal Pradesh.The documentary was created by Priyadarshini Choudhary, a journalism student who hails from Tonk district and is a former student of a Jaipur-based private university. Choudhary was given Rs 25,000 along with a trophy as an award by Acharya Devvrat, Governor, Himachal Pradesh at the state university.”My film mainly talks about how Rajasthani cinema flourished as an industry at a point of time, especially during the 90s. The artists who worked during the era are now setting a benchmark in Bollywood as well. But scenarios have changed now. I have described the reasons for its decline,” Choudhary said.One of the major reason for the slump shown in the film is the lack of budget and inability of the state government to provide appropriate support for the industry to flourish. This is also shown in comparison to the support given by other states of the country to the regional cinema.”The other reasons include lack of ideas and proper scripting, mainly because artists are not working as seriously as they should in this field. Similar issues have been showcased in the film,” Choudhary added.Choudhary is aiming to pursue a doctorate in Journalism and Mass Communication and wants to pursue her career in documentary and film making.The competition had 43 entries from across the country, which was judged by a jury panel and entries were filtered at various levels. Lost Cinema was the only entry from Rajasthan which was selected for review.

Guj forms body for general communities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With elections likely to be announced very soon, the Gujarat government is leaving no stone unturned to woo all segments. On Tuesday, the state government announced formation of a commission for non reserved category communities that inudes 58 communities in state. Besides the commission, a Corporation for Educational and Economic Welfare of Non-reserved Communities is also formed by the government.State home minister Pradipsinh Jadeja said that formation of the commission will benefit about 58 communities, which do not get benefits of reservation.The commission will frame policies for welfare of the communities while the corporation will execute those policies. The commission will conduct surveys of the economic and social status of non-reserved communities and will accordingly recommend policies to the state.The state has earmarked Rs 100 crore as the corporation’s share capital, and also allocated a further Rs 500 crore to it, to be used for disbursal of loans to beneficiaries. The corporation will give loans to beneficiaries under this commission, for purposes like study, business, farming, cattle rearing and other professional activities.”The decision to set up the corporation was taken by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in the last cabinet meeting, which took place after the government’s meeting with leaders of Patel community,” said Jadeja.The corporation will become operational soon. It will conduct surveys on economic and social status of non-reserved communities and will accordingly made policy recommendations to the state government.Beneficiaries will get loans for purposes such as education, business, farming, cattle rearing, among others from the corporation.The corporation will be headed by non-politicians, and will also include a member secretary, joint secretary and four other members.Not enough, says HardikDespite the announcement, PAAS leader Hardik Patel said his agitation would continue. “This is not enough for the welfare of non-reserved communities. Earlier, Anandiben Patel had announced Mukhyamantri Yuva Swavlamban Yojana for upper castes which had a budget of Rs 1,100 crore in the first year. This is a lollipop by the Gujarat government. Our fight will carry on.”

Teacher Development Coordinator programme launched in Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi government on Tuesday launched the Teacher Development Coordinator (TDC) programme, taking forward the government’s Mentor-Teacher programme, which was introduced last year.In the beginning of the current academic year, the heads of schools were asked to select senior teachers from schools run by the Directorate of Education (DoE) for the role of TDCs. Through a letter, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had asked 50,000 DoE teachers to come forward and contribute in shaping the agenda of teaching and learning, along with the principals.”The government believes that a senior teacher in the role of a Teacher Development Coordinator can create a platform for peer learning among teachers and they would be able to explore new ideas and processes of learning,” a senior Delhi government official said.Starting from Tuesday, a three-day workshop is being organised by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), Delhi, at the Thyagraj Stadium for nearly 1,000 TDCs from as many schools. The theme of the workshop is ‘Ensuring Values Through Education’.”The role of teachers is not just to ensure that students learn the subject taught by them but also to make them better human beings.There has to be a convergence among different subjects, so that children get a holistic picture.This is possible only if teachers question the role of their respective subjects in the life of a child, and how it is connected with other subjects,” Sisodia said.As a run up to the workshop, the TDCs are participating in induction sessions organised by the 9 DIETs in Delhi, where the faculty oriented them about their role in schools and how they can work closely with their respective principals and peers to create a culture of support for each other.The government is also planning to provide national and international level exposure to the TDCs, to enhance their world view, apart from regular thematic training.Letter from CMThrough a letter, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had asked 50,000 DoE teachers to come forward and contribute in shaping the agenda of teaching and learning, along with the principals.

Gujarat school wants Blake’s poem replaced by Tagore’s

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahmedabad-based Udgam School for Children has proposed that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) replace a William Blake poem in a Class 8 English textbook with that of one by Rabindranath Tagore.According to the school located in Thaltej, Blake’s ‘The School Boy’, printed in the class 8 textbook of the National Council of Educational, Research and Training (NCERT), puts the school in bad light.The school sent an e-mail in this regard to the board on Wednesday. The correspondence by Sujata Tandon, Principal, Udgam school, stated: “It is to bring to your kind notice that English NCERT book of Class 8, has a poem named The School Boy in Unit V by William Blake on page number 84-85. I would like the panel of experts to review the poem as it is not having high praise for the schools. I would like to substitute it by some other poem on school.I have attached one for your consideration by an Indian author.”Confirming the same, Manan Choksi, the executive director of the school, said, “Blake’s poem focuses on the downsides of formal learning and shows how going to school on a summer day takes away the joy. The boy in this poem is more interested in escaping his classroom. When CBSE is taking a step forward and asking for suggestions, schools, according to me, should not restrict to pointing out syntax errors but semantic errors as well.”

How to ban porn access in schools? CBSE says jammers not an option

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A month after the Centre told Supreme Court that it may install jammers in schools to prevent students from accessing adult sites, the CBSE on Friday said that it won’t be possible to do so.The Central Board of Secondary Education says that the jammers, if installed, would also block access to the internet-based educational programmes run by many schools.Instead, the educational board has issued set of guidelines for schools to prevent access to child pornography.The guidelines which have been prepared after consultation with cyber safety experts are aimed at protecting children from cyber bullying and preventing them from accessing pornographic content. “Schools need to promote a safe and secure educational environment for effective teaching and learning and to discourage students from actions detrimental to themselves, their peers and the value system. Schools are, thus, advised to take measures to pre-empt any inappropriate and illegal activity through IT enabled devices in schools,” the circular sent by CBSE to all schools on Friday said.The board wants schools to educate students for the safe and effective use of the internet, install effective firewalls, filtering and monitoring software mechanisms in all the computers and regularly review filtering and blocking policies and procedures. The CBSE circular also said that student can’t carry iPads, smart phones and other devices with unfiltered internet connection without permission from school authorities.

DDA changed layout plan, norms to allot a plot to Minister Vijay Goel’s NGO: Report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) changed its layout plan to allot a plot to an NGO closely associated with Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel, reported Indian Express.The report says that the plot in Delhi which was earmarked for a post office was in September 2016, allotted to the NGO – Vaish Aggarwal Educational Society (VAES).According to the VAES, the Toy Bank collects used and unused toys from different sources, restore them and distributes them to needy children.The NGO, reportedly sought land from the DDA to set up a toy bank, soon after Goel became a Rajya Sabha member in 2014.According to DDA records, Goel is vice-president of the NGO, son Siddhant and daughter Vidyun are among members.On December 23, 2015, a DDA file noting recorded that the 488-sq m plot ‘suggested’ by VAES was visited by DDA officials, said the report.“Situated in Derawal Nagar, GT Road Delhi. the site under reference is maintained as a park where one side is adjoining to Adharsheela nursery school (run by VAES). (and) is earmarked for post office in the layout plan,” it said, asking the official concerned “to confirm/verify whether any correspondence has been sent to postal department”.The DDA’s Institutional Allotment Committee (IAC) cleared the allotment subject to approval of the layout plan by the screening committee of the DDA’s Planning Department. Following which, the ‘competent authority’ cleared the file.The report said the screening committee sanctioned the layout plan modification on August 8, 2016. The plot was allotted to VAES on September 1, 2016 and it made a payment of Rs 1.77 crore on October 19, 2016.

UGC fund for equal opportunity not enough, say universities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the University Grants Commission (UGC) assigning only Rs. 2 lakh to the Equal Opportunities Cell of central universities, under which they expect students with disability and those from marginalised sections to be catered, the institutions are forced to make most of the expenditure on their own. The EOC, was established by the government to provide equal opportunities to disadvantaged groups including SCs, STs, women, OBC (non-creamy layer), minorities and physically challenged persons. The UGC has gave a one time grant of Rs. Two lakh to all universities under the twelth plan to establish the cell and there is no clarity on funding after that. Even as the function of EOC is very different in different universities, their main aim is to work for the benefit of marginalised students. DNA reviewed three universities situated in the national capital — Delhi University, Jamia Milia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University to see how their EOC is functioning. In case of Delhi University, where a large number of students are persons with disability, the university has spent over two crore in the last five years in providing various facilities like hearing aid, wheel chair, transport facilities and other things to students with disability. The university has an average of 250 students with disability every year. “Delhi University probably has the largest number of students with disability in the country. With such a large number, it is impossible to manage their needs with the funds given by UGC. We are expected to do much more than the grant that we are given. All the work that has been done by the university in these years is from the its own funds,” said an official in the EOC, Delhi University on condition of anonymity. “When EOC was setup by UGC and they expect us to work for marginalised sections, they should also see how financially viable the schemes would be,” the official added. Professor Anil Aneja, nodal officer PwD and ODS ECO, Delhi University said, “There should be a separate earmarked grant for disability for providing various support which universities are expected to provide to fulfil their commitment towards persons with disability.” Even though UGC grants separate fund for students with disability under HEPSA scheme, the fund is not provided at the university level, where the number of students to deal with is much large. When it comes to Jamia Milia Islamia, a civil services coaching center has been running under EOC from the fund it got from UGC. “We received a one time fund from UGC under the equal opportunity cell but that was not enough for setting up anything. We got additional grant from ministry of minority affairs, which helped us set up a coaching center from SC/ST and minority students,” said an official associated with the special coaching center in Jamia. While JNU, which has a closed campus and completely barrier free access for students with disability does not face major issues in managing funds for students. The officials however do agree that the one time grant that they received from UGC did not do much for providing facilities to various sections of students, they were meant for and the fund has to be managed either on their own or through various other government schemes. National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) had also conducted a workshop on equal opportunity cell, a while back. Universities that participated in the workshop also mentioned about not getting sufficient funds for the scheme and facing difficulties in carrying out their task.

NCERT receives more than 900 suggestions to revise books

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students will study revised textbooks of National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) from the academic session 2018-19 as the council has already started work on revising the text of its books. However, there won’t be any major changes in the book, except addition of the new tax regime GST.The council has received more than 900 suggestions from various quarters including teachers, academicians and various organisations. They are in the process of analysing the changes, and will implement the suggested changes before the commencement of the next session. The books that they will deliver through the newly launched portal will be revised books which will be delivered before the beginning of the new session.”There are three ways in which we are going to revise textbooks — updation, correction and addition. Chapters on GST will be added since it is a new tax regime and students of commerce need to know about it,” said NCERT Director Hrushikesk Sanapathy.Sources in the council said that no major changes like changing the history or language will be executed in the books. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had also assured in the Parliament that nothing will be removed from the textbooks.The council had early this year invited suggestions on revising its textbooks after there was a discussion that the school syllabus is not in tune with the existing changes in subjects and has not been revised for a long time.

13 years after 94 children killed in Kumbakonam fire, Madras HC suspends conviction of 7

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Madras High Court on Thursday suspended the conviction and sentence of seven persons in the 2004 Kumbakonam fire tragedy that killed 94 school children and modified the sentence awarded to two others.The division bench, comprising Justices M Sathyanarayanan and V M Velumani also abated the sentence and conviction in the case of the wife of the school founder, who had passed away.It reserved its orders on appeals by the accused, as well as that by the state against the acquittals, passed by a lower court in Madurai.A total of 21 accused had been charged under various sections of IPC in the incident.On July 30, 2014, the trial court had acquitted 11 of them and convicted and sentenced the other 10, including Pulavar Palanisamy, founder of Sri Krishna Matriculation School, to life imprisonment and his wife Saraswathi to five years.As Sarawathi passed away during the period of appeal, the bench abated the charges against her.The Bench which passed orders on the appeals set aside the conviction and sentence passed by the lower court in the case of school principal Santhana Lakshmi, Gajalakshmi, noon meal organiser, engineer Jayachandran, District Educational Officer R Balaji, Personal Assistant Sivaprakasam supervisor Dhandavan and one Durairaj, an assistant.It modified the life sentence awarded to Palanisamy to one of the period already undergone during investigation, trial and post conviction and modified the fine amount to Rs to Rs 1,16,500.The Bench, which dismissed the appeal by Vasanthi, the cook, who was awarded five years imprisonment by the trial court, modified the sentence to one of the period already undergone.It directed that the bail bonds executed by the accused shall stand terminated.Ninety four children and a teacher were charred to death and 16 others seriously injured when a devastating fire swept through the Sri Krishna School and Saraswathi Nursery School complex in Kumbakonam on July 16, 2004.

Increase in demand for NCERT textbooks likely this session

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT), which publishes academic books, is expecting the demand for their books to go up more than three times by the next academic session, with the central government pushing schools to use more of NCERT textbooks.The government, however, has been maintaining that they are “not making NCERT books mandatory but making sure that no child is deprived of books because of high priced private publisher books”. The council currently publishes about 4.63 crore books, the number they expect would go up by close to 13 crore in the next academic session when more schools switch to NCERT books.To meet the growing demand, the council launched an online portal on Wednesday, which will help schools and individuals access books before the commencement of the coming session. The Central Board of Secondary Education has written to 19,000 schools affiliated to it to send their demand of books on the portal.”The portal will be open for a month. We will accept demands for books from schools and individuals and then work out a print order for the upcoming academic session so books are printed and delivered well before the commencement of the new session,” said Hrushikesh Senapathy, Director of NCERT.

Cabinet approves scrapping of no-detention policy till Class 8

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the scrapping of the no-detention policy in schools till Class 8.It also gave its nod to the Human Resource Development Ministry’s plan of creating 20 world-class institutions in the country. An enabling provision will be made in the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education Amendment Bill which will allow states to detain students in class 5 and class 8 if they fail in the year-end exam. However, the students will have to be given a second chance to improve via an examination before they are detained.The bill will now be placed in Parliament for approval.Under the present provision of RTE Act, students are promoted automatically to higher classes till class 8. This is one of the key components of the RTE Act which came into force on April 1, 2010. The Union Cabinet, which had deferred its decision in June, about creation of 20 world-class institutions in the country, also approved it today. The University Grants Commission (UGC) had in February passed a new set of regulations to set up 10 world-class institutions in the public sector and as many in the private sector.Of the 20 universities, first proposed in this year’s budget, the 10 state-supported institutions are expected to receive public funding of up to Rs 500 crore each. An Expenditure Finance Committee note seeking Rs 5,000 crore for these institutions was moved. The institutes can be existing or greenfield (the latter for private institutions). HRD’s separate rules UGC (Declaration of Government Educational Institutions as World Class Institutions) Guidelines allow these institutes to fix their own fees for foreign students and decide salaries for foreign faculty, as well as the freedom to choose admission procedures. Existing universities don’t have such freedom and are guided by the detailed UGC rules.

Can’t even imagine removing Tagore from text books Mamata

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After RSS ideologue Dinanath Batra recommended a host of changes to the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in its textbooks, including removal of Rabindranath Tagore, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked as to how can someone talk about removing a person who is the ?pride of the nation?. ?I think very soon they will remove everyone from the country. How can one even talk of removing Tagore from school text books? This is just rubbish. He is the pride of the world everybody respects him. I think nobody is supporting it,? Mamata told the media outside the Parliament. Batra, who the heads Nyas, said that various things ought to be removed from the text books referring to Mughal emperors as generous, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s apology over the 1984 riots, and the sentence that around 2000 Muslims were allegedly killed in the Gujarat riots. The recommendations were about five pages which highlighted the portions of what to be removed. Earlier, Nyas had campaigned against A K Ramanujan’s essay Three Hundred Ramayanas: Five Examples and Three Thoughts on Translation from the University of Delhi’s syllabus. They had also moved court to demand removal of The Hindus by Wendy Doniger.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mysore District Administration clueless about saree dress code

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Mysore district administration said Thursday that it had no information about a ?saree dress code? circular issued by the regional joint commissioner of collegiate education. Mysore Deputy Commissioner D. Randeep, told ANI, ?I don?t know the facts of the case. From the district administration, no such direction or anything has been given. Probably, it is the educational department?s circular and they are best equipped to answer that question.? The joint commissioner in his circular on Tuesday asked the regional educational officer to make sure that women lecturers shun suits and only wear sarees in the college. The circular was withdrawn on Wednesday evening.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

ICSE’s Class 6 textbook sparks row over mosque depicted as noise pollutant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after singer Sonu Nigam sparked outrage on social media saying he was woken up by the sound of azaan from a mosque, a similar case of a Class 6 textbook taught in Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (ICSE) schools depicting mosque as a source of noise pollution has come to the fore. The image has sparked outrage on social media, prompting people to start an online petition against the textbook’s publishers. Reacting to the outrage, the publisher later apologised and promised that the picture would be removed in subsequent editions.The ICSE, however, maintained the Board does not publish or prescribe textbooks, and that schools had to deal with the issue. Gerry Arathoon, chief executive and secretary of the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations, said, If any book with objectionable content is being taught at certain schools, it is for schools and publisher to ensure such a thing the does not happen.The science textbook, published by Selina Publishers, has a chapter on the causes of noise pollution. The picture, shared widely on social media, shows a train, car, plane and a mosque, all with symbols depicting loud sound, next to a man grimacing and shutting his ears.In his apology on social media, publisher Hemant Gupta said: “This is to inform all concerned that we will be changing the picture in subsequent editions of the book.”Gupta said the diagram on page 202 of its publication, Integrated Science, consisted of “a structure resembling a portion of a fort and other noise producing objects in a noisy city”. “We do apologise if it has hurt the sentiments of anyone,” he said.There have been several incidents of controversial content being found in school textbooks in recent months, after which Human Resource Development Ministry has been insisting that all schools use only National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) books.Excerpts from a Class 12 Physical Education textbook taught in some Central Board of Secondary Education schools had kicked up a furore for defining a figure measurement of 36-24-36 as the “best body shape for females”.A Class 4 environmental science textbook that suggested killing a kitten as part of an experiment went viral on social media, forcing the publisher to withdraw it from the market earlier this year.

Students of Chennais Amirta to Visit Malaysia on a Free

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Educational Trip Country s 1st hospitality institution to offer international exposure to students (Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with NewsVoir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NCERT invites suggestions for reviewing its textbooks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is reviewing its textbooks and has sought feedback from teachers across states in this regard.The council wants teachers to point out if there are any factual errors in their books, or if there are any suggestions with regard to concepts or presentation that they think should be added in the books.“NCERT is reviewing its textbooks for Classes 1 to 12 in all the subject areas. In this regard, suggestions of the teachers from across the states/UTs are invited,” the council said in a communication to all states. “These suggestions may be given in two forms — factual error in the NCERT’s textbooks, if any, and suggestions, if any, with regard to content/concept presentation, etc,” it added.The suggestions will be accepted till June 30, and incorporated by the boards while reviewing the books.The NCERT reviews its textbooks once in a few years to update the latest concepts and theories in their books. The Central government has been pushing for making NCERT books mandatory in all schools, instead of private publishers.However there has been resistance from private publishers who have even gone ahead and said that they will give an undertaking to schools that they will not publish anything ‘objectionable’ in their content.

Jharkhand 10th Result 2017: Check jac.nic.in for JAC class 10th Result 2017 to be declared shortly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jharkhand 10th Result 2017: Students who appeared for class 10th exam can heave a sign of relief as the Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) will declare Jharkhand 10th class Result 2017 shortly.Over 4 lakh students appeared for Jharkhand 10th Exam 2017. The students can access JAC 10th Result 2017 by logging into the official websites.This year the exam commenced on February 18th and ended on March 1. The results are likelt to be declared at 2:00 pmThe State of Jharkhand came into existence on the 15th of November,2000 . An Act to establish the Jharkhand Academic Council was enacted by the Jharkhand State Legislature and assented to by the Governor of the State on 26.12.2003, which was known as Jharkhand Academic Council Act 02.7.2003.The Jharkhand Academic Council was established for holding and conducting examinations at the end of Intermediate, Education, Secondary Education, Sanskrit Education and Madrasa Education and for prescribing courses of studies for such examinations and for recommending for recognition of Intermediate Educational Institutions, High Schools, Sanskrit Schools and Madrasas to the State Government and for carrying out such other or duties assigned to the council by the State Govt from time to timeSteps to check your JAC Matric Result 20171. Visit websites: jac.nic.in or jharresults.nic.in2. Click on ‘Result X Class 2017’3. Enter your name, roll number, date of birth and other credentials required4. Click ‘Submit’5. Your JAC 10th Result 2017 will be displayed on the screen.6. Now, download your scores and take a print out for future reference.

Jharkhand 12th Class Result 2017: Check jharresults.nic.in for JAC 12th Result 2017 to be declared shortly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jharkhand 12th Class Result 2017: And the wait is over! Students who are waiting for their Jharkhand 12th Class Result 2017 can heave a sigh of relief. Jharkhand 12th Science and Commerce Result 2017 will be declared shortly by Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC).Students can check their result by logging on to the official websites. This year, JAC Intermediate Exam was held between 16th February and 7th March. Jharkhand 12th Science & Commerce Result 2017 are likely to be published at 2:00 PM.The State of Jharkhand came into existence on the 15th of November,2000 . An Act to establish the Jharkhand Academic Council was enacted by the Jharkhand State Legislature and assented to by the Governor of the State on 26.12.2003, which was known as Jharkhand Academic Council Act 02.7.2003.The Jharkhand Academic Council was established for holding and conducting examinations at the end of Intermediate, Education, Secondary Education, Sanskrit Education and Madrasa Education and for prescribing courses of studies for such examinations and for recommending for recognition of Intermediate Educational Institutions, High Schools, Sanskrit Schools and Madrasas to the State Government and for carrying out such other or duties assigned to the council by the State Govt from time to time.Steps to check your JAC 12th Result 20171. Visit websites: jac.nic.in or jharresults.nic.in2. Click on ‘Result XII Class 2017’3. Give details like Roll Number, Name etc. 4. Click ‘on Submit’5. Your Jharkhand 12th Class Result 2017 will be displayed on the screen.6. Keep a printout of the Jharkhand 12th Class Result 2017 for future reference.

Jharkhand 10th Result 2017: Check jac.nic.in for JAC class 10th Result 2017 to be declared today on May 30 at 2 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jharkhand 10th Result 2017: Students who appeared for class 10th exam can heave a sign of relief as the Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC) is likely to declare Jharkhand 10th class Result 2017 today on May 30.Over 4 lakh students appeared for Jharkhand 10th Exam 2017. The students can access JAC 10th Result 2017 by logging into the official websites.This year the exam commenced on February 18th and ended on March 1. The results are likelt to be declared at 2:00 pmThe State of Jharkhand came into existence on the 15th of November,2000 . An Act to establish the Jharkhand Academic Council was enacted by the Jharkhand State Legislature and assented to by the Governor of the State on 26.12.2003, which was known as Jharkhand Academic Council Act 02.7.2003.The Jharkhand Academic Council was established for holding and conducting examinations at the end of Intermediate, Education, Secondary Education, Sanskrit Education and Madrasa Education and for prescribing courses of studies for such examinations and for recommending for recognition of Intermediate Educational Institutions, High Schools, Sanskrit Schools and Madrasas to the State Government and for carrying out such other or duties assigned to the council by the State Govt from time to timeSteps to check your JAC Matric Result 20171. Visit websites: jac.nic.in or jharresults.nic.in2. Click on ‘Result X Class 2017’3. Enter your name, roll number, date of birth and other credentials required4. Click ‘Submit’5. Your JAC 10th Result 2017 will be displayed on the screen.6. Now, download your scores and take a print out for future reference.

Jharkhand 12th Class Result 2017: Check jharresults.nic.in for JAC 12th Result 2017 be declared today on May 30 at 2 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jharkhand 12th Class Result 2017: And the wait is over! Students who are waiting for their Jharkhand 12th Class Result 2017 can heave a sigh of relief. Jharkhand 12th Science and Commerce Result 2017 will be published today on May 30 by Jharkhand Academic Council (JAC).Students can check their result by logging on to the official websites. This year, JAC Intermediate Exam was held between 16th February and 7th March. Jharkhand 12th Science & Commerce Result 2017 are likely to be published at 2:00 PM.The State of Jharkhand came into existence on the 15th of November,2000 . An Act to establish the Jharkhand Academic Council was enacted by the Jharkhand State Legislature and assented to by the Governor of the State on 26.12.2003, which was known as Jharkhand Academic Council Act 02.7.2003.The Jharkhand Academic Council was established for holding and conducting examinations at the end of Intermediate, Education, Secondary Education, Sanskrit Education and Madrasa Education and for prescribing courses of studies for such examinations and for recommending for recognition of Intermediate Educational Institutions, High Schools, Sanskrit Schools and Madrasas to the State Government and for carrying out such other or duties assigned to the council by the State Govt from time to time.Steps to check your JAC 12th Result 20171. Visit websites: jac.nic.in or jharresults.nic.in2. Click on ‘Result XII Class 2017’3. Give details like Roll Number, Name etc. 4. Click ‘on Submit’5. Your Jharkhand 12th Class Result 2017 will be displayed on the screen.6. Keep a printout of the Jharkhand 12th Class Result 2017 for future reference.

IIT-KGP signs MoU with MP for measuring happiness index

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>IIT Kharagpur’s Rekhi Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness has signed an MoU with Madhya Pradesh government to collaborate on the development of a Happiness Index for measuring the well-being of the people of the state. The MoU was signed with MP government’s ‘Rajya Anandam Sansthan’ (Department of Happiness) in the presence of MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and IIT-KGP Director Prof P P Chakrabarti at Bhopal recently, an IIT-KGP press statement said today. IIT-KGP will develop the index and analyse data collected by the state government to assess the level of happiness and chalk out recommendations that can be used to enhance happiness, the statement said. IIT-KGP will also develop an online screening and assessment system in order to screen and identify suitable volunteers from the database of more than 30,000 people who have offered to be part of the collaborative exercise. “Very good experience with the state and its leadership team, especially the volunteers who do this work without any payment in addition to their normal duties. Looking forward to some very interesting collaboration,” the release quoting Prof Chakrabarti said. Satinder Rekhi, the patron of Rekhi Centre of Happiness at IIT Kharagpur, who was present at the MoU sign, agreed to provide funding for a District Happiness Centre for Jabalpur, where he studied 50 years ago, it said. The institute will also develop online courses on happiness through the evaluation system available at the Centre for Educational Technology of IIT-KGP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Despite stringent measures, ragging doesn’t stop in India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite stringent laws and slew of measures to curb ragging in higher educational institutions, the University Grants Commission (UGC) continues to receive over 400-odd complaints of ragging in a year on its central helpline, an alarming revealation in the annual report of the the apex higher education body.“Of the 424 alleged ragging cases registered during 2015-2016, nearly 403 complaints were closed while action taken report in remaining 21 cases is awaited,” states the Commission’s latest annual report submitted to Centre this week.“Over five per cent students enroled in higher educational institutions across India have admitted to ragging, as per the surveys held among 18 lakh students in 2016,” says Aman Movement, an NGO which works closely with the UGC in putting an end to this menace.“Out of 10-12 cases forwarded by the UGC every year, only one or two turned out to be genuine,” claims Prof MA Khan, registrar of Mumbai University.“Fearing victimisation, students buckle up to the university administration,” a engineering student from Hyderabad university claimed.Professor Kachroo who lost his son Aman to ragging admits the survey is based on colleges which are better in compliance and hence participate in the survey.WHAT QUALIFIES AS RAGGINGAs per UGC definition any disorderly conduct whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness a fresher
Indulging in a rowdy or undisciplined activities which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear in a junior student

Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq defends stone-pelting by students in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today defended stone-pelting by Kashmiri students, arguing it was a way to vent their anger against the system that is “inimical and hostile” towards them. He also said a “blanket ban” on the freedom of expression and absence of student activism in the educational institutions was the primary factor for the ongoing students’ agitation in Kashmir. “There is a blanket ban on freedom of expression, even inside school premise, let alone in colleges and universities. Student activism is a distant dream in Kashmir and no form of deliberation and exchange of ideas and expression of thought is “allowed,” he said addressing a seminar here. The seminar, “Constructive society and the role of students”, was organised at a school in downtown Srinagar as part of the commemorative program organised by Anjuman Nusratul Islam in memory of its former president Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq who was assassinated by militants on May 21, 1990. The Hurriyat Conference chairman said with such “strict” curbs in place for students, authorities have pushed students and youth of Kashmir to wall leaving them with the only option of hitting the streets to be heard. Mirwaiz demanded that students’ associations should be revived in the schools, the colleges and the universities across Kashmir. Also, student activism and freedom of expression be restored and students be allowed to put forth their point of view and aspirations. “Absence of this (student activism), it is leading to the current crisis,” he said, adding the situation in Kashmir was “volatile due to political, social and religious curbs and bans” put in place to crush the “people’s movement”. He said now, even the students of educational institutions were being made “soft targets by the state which is highly condemnable”. Farooq said while the situation in Kashmir is “volatile with political social and religious curbs and bans” put in place to crush the “people’s movement” now even on the educational front students are being made “soft targets by the state which is highly condemnable”. “It is highly deplorable and unfortunate on the part of the authoritarian state that even students are targeted by them and and are at the receiving end of their repressive policies. A direct confrontational approach has been taken against the students as they are treated like an enemy by the state,” Mirwaiz alleged.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

IIMC’s ‘yagna’ before seminar call raises alumni hackles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) is once again in the eye of a storm. The controversy, this time, is over a seminar titled “Current Status Of Nationalist Journalism” which the IIMC is going to conduct in collaboration with a media organisation called Media Scan on Saturday. The event, will be proceeded by an elaborated ‘Yagna’ session.The ‘Yagna’, that will be held before the inaugural session of the seminar, has stirred up outrage among IIMC alumni on social media, who have termed it as an attempt to “saffronise” the institute. Some of the alumni have even changed their profile pictures saying “reclaim IIMC”.”Educational institutions should maintain a distance from religious activities. The only purpose of organising such activities inside an educational institute must be to promote a particular ideology,” asked Prakriti Sharma, an alumnus.The institute, however, said that it has only “supported” the media organisation — Media Scan, by providing it with space to conduct the seminar. “The programme is being organised by ‘Media Scan’ and the institute has no role in it. Being the premier media institute we have just provided them with space for the seminar,” said IIMC Director General KG Suresh.”Most importantly, there are no classes in IIMC these days as the academic session is over and even the staff will not be there on Saturday. So, it’s not meant to ideologically influence either of them,” he added.However the IIMC Director General’s remarks did little to assuage the alumni. “The theme (of the seminar) is even more problematic. What do they mean by ‘nationalist journalism?’ This is a sheer attempt to further propagate the jingoist debate of national and anti-national,” said Rohin Verma, another alumnus.The alumni also protested the inclusion of the former Bastar IG, SRP Kalluri as a member of the seminar. “The person who is infamous for hounding journalists who were critical of him during his tenure is now going to speak on media,” said an alumni, who wished to remain anonymous….& ANALYSISA clash has broken out between KG Suresh and students, ever since he took charge as the DG of IIMC. Some students have been alleging that Suresh has been “promoting of single ideology” at the institute. Suresh, however, has been denying the allegations saying, “a section of leftist students is trying to malign the name of the institute.”

Want minority status? Register with NITI Aayog: Govt tells edu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Educational trusts and societies seeking minority status will now be required to register as NGOs with the NITI Aayog regardless of whether they are seeking government aid or not. The registration with NITI Aayog’s portal Darpan, is likely to put all the financial transactions of the trust and its office bearers under the government scanner as crucial details like PAN card and Aadhaar card of all their trustees and office-bearers will be required for the enrolment. Minority status permits the schools and colleges to have a say in reservation quantum and limits interference from the government. The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI), however, said that the rule will not be applicable to institutions run by individuals. “All petitioners are required to submit unique ID of the trust/society as given by the Niti Aayog portal NGO Darpan (it is not needed only in cases of institutions run by individuals),” the new rule said. As per the requirement, the unique ID should also match corresponding details on the NGO’s website. “While the cases already being heard before the commission will continue to be heard, the minority status certificate will be awarded only after the unique ID is provided by the petitioner,” it added. Since its inception in 2004, the commission has awarded minority status certificates to 12,954 schools and colleges in the country. The government had last year made it mandatory for NGOs and voluntary organisations to register with the NITI Aayog portal to enable them to apply for grants from any ministry. However, the trusts and NGOs not seeking government funding were not required to do so. The Constitution of India gives linguistic and religious minorities a fundamental right to establish and administer educational institutions of their choice. A society or trust consisting of members of a minority community, or even a single member of a minority community, may establish an institution.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NCERT to replace map depicting Aksai Chin as disputed area

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NCERT has decided to replace a map of East and South East Asia in a class 12 Political Science textbook which depicted Aksai Chin as a disputed area.The decision was taken following several posts on social media highlighting the issue in the textbook titled ‘Contemporary World Politics’, which was published in 2007, and has not been revised since then, but only reprinted.According to the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training), the map was prepared by the University of Texas and comes with a disclaimer that the boundary representation is not necessarily authoritative.”The Chapter 4, ‘Alternative Centres of Power’, focuses on the European Union, ASEAN and China. The map which figures on page 56 is not a map of India, but a map of East and South East Asia,” it said.Aksai Chin has been under the unlawful occupation of China. In the map, the border between India and China, near Aksai Chin, is marked with dotted lines to indicate the dispute. The Indian claim over the area is mentioned.In the map, the border between India and China, near Aksai Chin is marked in dotted lines to indicate the dispute. Indian claim over Aksai Chin is clearly mentioned.”Later in this chapter, the topic under the heading ‘India – China Relations’ refers to competing territorial claims in Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin.Aksai Chin is shown as an integral part of India in the map of India and its neighbours on page 149 of the textbook. However, NCERT has come under major fire for showing Aksai Chin coloured in the same yellow as China.It’s been used to explain the South East Asian region as an alternative power centre. The Indian claim to Aksai Chin was based on an internal British Indian survey, the Johnson Line.After the Sino-India war of 1962 resulted in a humiliating defeat for India, the Chinese declared a unilateral ceasefire, withdrawing from Arunachal Pradesh, but not Aksai Chin.Aksai Chin has since become the dragon’s bargaining chip, keeping India militarily insecure and engaged. India has continued to call Chinese administration of the region ‘illegal occupation’, and the Indian version of the map marks it under the Ladakh district of the state of Jammu and Kashmir”Aksai Chin is shown as an integral part of India in the map of India and its neighbours on page 149. However, the map on page 56 will be replaced with a map of Southeast Asia in the reprint edition,” NCERT added in a statement.

J&K: Guv to discuss student protests with VCs, stakeholders

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid the continuing student protests in Kashmir, Governor N N Vohra has decided to hold an urgent meeting with the vice chancellors of universities and other stakeholders for action to be taken to ensure against recurring disruption of the educational system in the valley. The decision to hold the meeting with the vice chancellors of the universities in the valley and stakeholders was taken by the Governor after meeting Education Minister Altaf Bukhari who called on him today at Raj Bhawan here. “Bukhari briefed the Governor about the steps so far taken by the school and higher education departments and the initiatives personally taken by him to see that the students are protected from involvement in law and order incidents,” an official spokesman said. “After deliberating on the factors which have led to the involvement of students, even girls, the Governor has decided to hold an urgent meeting with the vice chancellors and other stakeholders for agreed further action being taken for ensuring against recurring disruption of the educational system in the Kashmir valley,” he said. Vohra said he was deeply disturbed by the series of recent reports on incidents involving students in situations leading to public disorder. “He has been repeatedly stressing his concern that the educational interests of the entire student community must be vigorously advanced and selfishly protected and under no circumstances should the future careers of the student community be allowed to get exploited or compromised in any manner,” the spokesman said. The Governor has held series of meetings in connection with the maintenance of law and order and internal security since the government shifted from Jammu to Srinagar on Monday as part of Darbar move. Besides conveying his concerns to the chief secretary and director general of police, Vohra held extensive discussion with Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti yesterday in which he had particularly urged her to take all required steps for ensuring that the students community is immunised against any involvement in law and order situations. In order to ensure that the ongoing semester of studies in schools, colleges and the universities is not affected, the Governor held discussions with educationist Vijay Dhar and Vice Chancellor, Kashmir University, Prof Khurshid Andrabi, during which he stressed the role and responsibilities of the vice chancellors, deans and the faculty in ensuring against any unhealthy influences being allowed to adversely affect the teaching schedules in the colleges and universities.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K Education Minister calls for parental control in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir’s Education Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari today urged parents to exert parental control to ensure that students attended classes and didn’t “stray from their academic ambitions”. “Students should be busy and involved with academic and co-curricular activities instead of being chased by law enforcing agencies on the roads,” he said while inaugurating a new building for a government school in Malroo, Batmaloo. Kashmir has been witnessing roadside protests since April, with students complaining against police excesses and security forces alleging that young men and women have been pelting them with stones. The education minister pointed out the government had reacted promptly after the forces allegedly roughed up students of the Pulwama Degree College last month. We ordered a time-bound enquiry and completed it in eight days,” he said, adding that three senior police officers were transferred. “Now what is it that other students are demanding, he asked. Bukhari appealed to students to return to their classes and urged teachers and parents to together work towards improving the situation. “There is urgent need for requisite parental control so that children in Kashmir do not stray from their academic ambitions,” he said. The minister said students had every right to protest, but within their campuses. No one will touch them if they don t come out of their institutes… But once they come on to the roads it becomes a law and order situation,” he said. Bukhari also said “some outsiders” were trying to “exploit gullible students” and creating a law and order problem in the garb of student protests. He, however, did not specify who he was referring to. It hurts me as a father to see children not attending their classes,” he said. “We lost precious academic time last year.” Educational institutions were shut for eight months in 2016 after the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani triggered widespread protests and violence.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dongria Kondh girls clear matriculation examination

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nine girls from Dongria Kondh, a particularly vulnerable tribal group, residing in Rayagada district have cleared the matriculation examination, the results of which were declared last week. While five of them passed the examination with D grade, two each cleared the examination in B2 and B grades respectively. The students were studying at the special educational complex, Parsali, in Kalyansinghpur block. It was managed by the ST and SC development department, officials said. The nine students were felicitated today by the administration at a function for their success in the examination. “Though, earlier, Dongria Kondh boys have passed matriculation examination, it is for the first time that girls have cleared it. It’s a proud moment for both the community and the administration,” Sub-Collector (Rayagada) Muralidhar Swain said. Officials said that the students were studying from Class I to X at the educational complex and last year all efforts were made to ensure that the students pass the matriculation examination. “The results are very satisfactory. Every care was taken to ensure better results in the HSC examination. While the teacher-student ratio was maintained at the educational complex to make sure that academic activities are not hampered, special care was provided to weak students,” Rayagada district Collector Guha Poonam Tapas Kumar said. The officials concerned made regular visits to the educational complex and extra classes were also taken for the benefit of the students, the collector said. “To ensure that the students do not discontinue their studies, it has been decided to admit them at Kailashpur and Siripur sevashrams (residential schools meant for SC and ST students) managed by the SSD departments,” officials said. “I am very happy after passing the matriculation examination and thankful to my parents and teachers for their guidance and constant support. I want to become an administrative officer in future,” an elated Mamita Kadraka, who passed the examination with B2 grade, said. At least 8,942 Dongria Kondhs reside in 102 villages situated across the Niyamgiri hill.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gender segregation, Adityanath haircuts: UP school’s bizarre diktats raise eyebrows

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just a few days after 15 public holidays in schools in Uttar Pradesh were cancelled, a CBSE affiliated school in Meerut has passed certain orders to prevent love jihad in the educational institution.According to a Times of India report, Rishabh Academy Co-Educational English Medium School has asked students to not keep beards, not carry non-vegetarian food, practise gender segregation and get hairstyles similar to that of CM Yogi Adityanath.Explaining the provision, Ranjeet Jain, secretary, management committee, told the daily, “This is being done for the safety of girls and to prevent love jihad. Muslim boys take on names similar to Hindus, befriend girls, tie kalavas on their wrists and try to woo girls. I cannot tolerate this in school premises. Moreover, these days nobody likes if a boy from one community touches a girl from another community.”
ALSO READ Uttar Pradesh: Here’s a list of 15 public holidays scrapped by Yogi Adityanath govtFurther justifying their stand, Jain went on to add that the students are asked to not keep beards because the school is “not a madrassa or a place where they come to offer namaz.”In their defence, the management claimed that the school was run by a Jain trust, hence non-vegetarian food (including eggs) were prohibited in the school premises.
ALSO READ UP DGP Sulkhan Singh’s dos and don’ts on anti-Romeo drive, cow vigilantismSpeaking about ‘Yogi Adityanath style haircut’, Jain added that since students did not understand that the school wanted Army cut, they specified the CM’s name.As soon as Adityanth took office more than a month ago, he introduced Anti-Romeo squads to check incidents of eve-teasing. Calling for law and order, anti-Romeo squads have been doing the rounds in various parts of the state. While people have criticised the move, there are a vast majority in the state who believe that such squads will ensure women are safe.(With agency inputs)

Dr Subhash Chandra’s show returns for 2nd stint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The second innings of popular youth programme—Dr Subhash Chandra (DSC) Show—is all set to motivate its audience from May 6. This season, the show will bring stories of unsung heroes from across the country who overcame adversities in their lives through sheer grit and determination.Addressing the media on Tuesday, Dr Chandra said, “News these days is focused more on the negativity. Through this show we are trying to bring some positivity in the life of youth.” In its first season, the show had covered the educational institutes in over 20 cities across the country. The theme of first episode of the second season will be “Who am I?”

India inquiry into ‘sexist’ textbooks

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Setting religion aside, Madrasa in UP bats for ban on cow slaughter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Crossing all the barriers of religion, a Madrasa in Sambhal has started a postcard campaign requesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s intervention in banning cow slaughter and declare the animal as the national animal. Apart from cows, the Madrasa has also requested a ban on the slaughter of all milk-bearing animals as well. The campaign initiated by Alijaan Jameeyat ul Musalmaan Educational Society operated Madrasa, has been named as the Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar Postcard campaign. The members of the Madrasa also met Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat on April 8th , putting forward the same demand of ban on cow slaughter and declaring the holy animal as the national animal. Campaigning for the same for the past five to six years, the Madrasa, via a postcard, has conveyed the following requests to the Prime Minister: ? Complete ban on meat export. ? Ban on cow slaughter all across the nation and to declare it as the national animal. ? To form a law on the same Manager of the Madrasa Feroz Khan, raising his concern over the issue said that if the slaughter is not stopped then the coming generations would not get any milk to drink. ?The coming generations will not get milk to drink if the slaughter continues. We will get to see cows, buffaloes in books only,? Khan told ANI. While Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has put ban on illegal slaughterhouses across the state, others are trying to do their bit towards the same.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Punjab BJP asks Guv to rein-in fee hikes by pvt schools

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Punjab unit of the BJP today urged Governor V P Singh Badnore to constitute a regulatory board to review fee hikes by schools. All private schools in the state should be asked to charge fees according to the previous academic session till the issue is resolved, demanded the delegation comprising BJP state vice-presidents- Harjit Singh Grewal and Iqbal singh Lalpura which met the Governor today. It urged the Governor to direct the Punjab Government to constitute a Regulatory Body of the five Divisional Commissioners for regulating fees as per the provisions of the Punjab Regulation of Fee of Unaided Educational Institutions Act and ask them to review fee hike within 3 months. The delegation demanded that till then the schools should be asked to charge fees according to the last academic session, Grewal said. After the decision is made the schools can realize the balance amount from parents, the delegation said. “We have apprised the Governor of ongoing protests in the state. The parents are up against the business-minded approach of private school managements. We told the Governor that if the issue is not tackled soon, it will lead to a serious unrest in Punjab. Even a law and order problem could emerge,” a memberf of the delegation said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No govt jobs for candidates with more than 2 children under Assam govt’s new population policy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Assam government has announced a population policy under which any candidate with more than two children will not be eligible for government jobs. The draft population policy also says that the government is also mulling a legislation under which people with more than two children will be barred from taking part in panchayat and municipal body elections. The policy also aims to make government facilities, services and employment unavailable for people married after the age of 18 years.Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sharma tweeted that the policy aims to curb rising population numbers. “#PopulationPolicy proposes incentives & disincentives to encourage people to adopt small family norms and directed towards social reform/2 (sic),” he tweeted.However, the move is seen as one aimed at the state’s Bengali-speaking Muslim population. The state is in the midst of a volatile issue of citizenship as it is drawing a list of people under the National Register of Citizens. With undocumented people crossing over from Bangladesh being an emotive issue in the state, the state government has declared that undocumented Bangladeshi Hindus will be allowed to remain while the Muslims will have to go. The government may also make education for girls free, up to the university. Educational institutions that do not have enough girls will be penalised. The policy says that the government will also incentivise those who keep their parents with them and “take proper care”.

Nehru College Chairman taken into custody, released

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A top official of a private engineering college in Thrissur district, accused in a case related to the alleged suicide of a student, was taken into custody today, but released him as the Kerala High Court had granted anticipatory bail to him, police sourcs said. P Krishnadas, Chairman and Managing Trustee of the Nehru College of Educational and Charitable Trust was questioned in connection with the case. The Court while granting anticipatory bail to Krishnadas had directed him to surrender his passport and seek its permission to leave the state. The court also barred his entry to the premises of Nehru College of Engineering and directed him not to interfere with its day-to-day affairs. The body of Jishnu Pranoy (18), a first-year student at the Nehru College of Engineering, in Pampady in Thrissur district, was found hanging in the bathroom of the hostel in January after the college authorities allegedly harassed him after he was allegedly caught copying in an examination. The arrest of the Chairman comes a day before the family members of Jishnu had planned to hold dharna in front of the DGP’s office here. The incident had triggered a series of protests across the state against managements of self financing colleges.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala HC grants anticipatory bail to engg college chairman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala High Court today granted anticipatory bail to a top official of a private engineering college in Thrissur district who is accused in a case related to the alleged suicide of a student. Granting anticipatory bail to P Krishnadas, Chairman and Managing Trustee of the Nehru College of Educational and Charitable Trust, the court held that there was no sufficient evidence to prove abetment of suicide charge against him. Imposing conditions while granting anticipatory bail to Krishnadas, the court directed him to surrender his passport and seek its permission to leave the state. The court also barred his entry to the premises of Nehru College of Engineering and directed him not to interfere with its day-to-day affairs. The body of Jishnu Pranoy (18), a first-year student at the Nehru College of Engineering, in Pampady in Thrissur district, was found hanging in the bathroom of the hostel in January after the college authorities allegedly harassed him after he was allegedly caught copying in an examination. The incident had triggered a series of protests across the state against managements of self financing colleges.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raj Nivas should be bridge between government and people: Bedi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today said Raj Nivas, the office and residence of Lt Governor, should be a bridge between the government and the people and more particularly the youth. Addressing students from various schools and also delegates of managements of educational institutions, Bedisaid that she had initiated several steps to ensure that Raj Nivas “is a seva nivas or people`s nivas”. Raj Nivas could not function in isolation and should not be out of reach for the people. She said that very soon a film show would be held to bring to focus several themes of life to benefit the youth.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Number of unemployed people doubles during Cong rule in Ukhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress may have made a slew of promises to woo young voters in Uttarakhand, including an allowance to unemployed youths, to shore up its chances but the number of those without work has nearly doubled in the state during the past five years of its rule. According to latest official data, the number of unemployed by 2015-16 has reached 9.38 lakh from 5.65 lakh five years ago. A remarkable 2.3 lakh unemployed registered themselves over a period of just one year in 2015-16. A look at the data shows that on an average there has been an increase of around one lakh unemployed youths in the state every year. Though it is not clear how many of them got jobs, during 2015-16, a total of 349 youths got employment through employment exchanges. As in past elections, this time too Congress has made a number of promises to the youth in its poll manifesto which include distribution of an unemployment allowance of Rs 2,500 to them within 100 days of coming to power. In 2012 assembly elections also the Congress had promised to give an unemployment allowance as per their educational qualification from Rs 750 to Rs 1,500 to youths registered as unemployed for three years in a row at the state’s employment exchanges. However, the amount was reduced immediately after the party came to power and the facility was completely withdrawn after Harish Rawat took over the reins of power.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt lowers threshhold salary for work visa to foreign faculty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has lowered minimum salary limit for grant of employment visa to foreign nationals engaged as faculty members at central higher educational institutions from Rs 16.25 lakh per annum to Rs 9.10 lakh per annum.The information was provided by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju in response to a written question in Lok Sabha.”The minimum salary limit for grant of employment visa has been brought down from Rs 16.25 lakh per annum to Rs 9.10 lakh per annum in respect of foreign nationals engaged as teaching faculty at the level of Assistant Professors and above by central higher educational institutions such as IITs, NITs, IIMs and central universities only,” Rijiju said.The minister also specified that the said limit will be valid upto end of this year.

Former Kerala CM Chandy’s cross-examination in solar project case completed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The cross-examination of former Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy was completed on Tuesday in a city civil court in connection with an alleged cheating case involving a solar power project.Chandy replied to about 98 questions during his cross-examination.Additional City Civil and Sessions Court Judge NR Channakeshava resumed the cross-examination of the Congress leader for the second day, which lasted for four hours. On Monday, around 30 questions were posed to Chandy.Bengaluru-based businessman MK Kuruvilla had filed a civil petition in 2015 seeking return of Rs 1,60,85,700 deposited with SCOSSA Educational Consultants Private Limited, the first defendant, for setting up a solar power project in Kerala.According to Kuruvilla, in 2011, he got acquainted with one Binu Nair who claimed to be the Director of Kochi-based SCOSSA. The petitioner had said that Nair had approached him for setting up the solar power project.
ALSO READ Former Kerala CM Chandy cross-examined for solar scamThe petition stated that Nair had claimed that one of the directors of SCOSSA, Andrews, was Chandy’s first cousin and would be appointed consultant to the project and that he would operate from Abu Dhabi.Kuruvilla had also submitted that Nair had named one Diljith as another director of SCOSSA who, he claimed, was the private secretary to Chandy and contended that the former chief minister too was jointly liable to return his money.The prosecution, while cross-examining Chandy, tried to establish that he was aware of the various stages of the case and was in total control of the counsels to make changes in the affidavit which he received.At one stage, the judge raised his voice and reprimanded the prosecution for asking “irrelevant” questions saying, “Please ask pertinent questions. I have to conduct other cases also and nobody can dictate me. I am the master of this court.” Later, he posted the matter to January 12 for further hearing.On October 24 last, the court had directed six persons, including Chandy, and a firm to together pay an amount of Rs 1,60,85,700 to Kuruvilla with 12% interest for a solar power project that did not materialise.Chandy had filed two applications appealing against the earlier verdict. The first plea had challenged the court’s ex-parte order and the second one sought that his arguments be heard.

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