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Students protest over conversion of morning school

The 2,900 boys were shifted to the evening shift, which begins at 1 pm and ends at 6.10 pm during winter. The move came into effect from July 1 this year.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Friday 29 December 2017 2:13 ISTMust readPM Modi’s Noida visit: 2 cops suspended for negligenceControversy around vaccine gets muckier<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Hundreds of students from Government Boys Senior Secondary School No. 2 in Bawana’s JJ Colony were up in arms on Thursday after local MLA Chand Ram did not meet them. They were demanding to meet Ram over the conversion of their school which has been a morning school since 2008 but was turned into an evening one.Most of these students work in evenings to support their families. The students were supported by activists of the Krantikari Yuva Sangathan. “A large number of students studying here work after school hours to support their families. Many of them have stopped attending classes regularly after the change in the shift as they can’t stop working,” said Shahrukh, a class XI student.According to the school officials, the decision to convert the school into an evening one was taken after the neighboring Government Girls Senior Secondary School No. 1 ran out of space. The authorities then decided that the girls from Classes VI-VIII will occupy School No. 1 in the morning, while those from Classes IX-XII will occupy School No. 2.The 2,900 boys were shifted to the evening shift, which begins at 1 pm and ends at 6.10 pm during winter. The move came into effect from July 1 this year.

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JNU teachers raise concern over mandatory attendance of students

A day after the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) made attendance compulsory for all the regular students from January next year, the university’s teachers association on Thursday wrote to the members of the attendance committee raising its concerns.According to a circular issued by JNU’s assistant registrar, Sajjan Singh to all centers on December 22, the decision for making the attendance mandatory was taken during the Academic Council (AC) meeting in December.However, the JNUTA claimed that no such decision was taken during the 144th AC meeting. “Please note that the circulars notifying compulsory attendance, as well as the constitution of your committee, were issued before the date for receiving comments on the AC meeting was over i.e December 27,” the JNUTA said.During the meeting, the V-C had reportedly mentioned about the formation of a committee to ensure provisions of compulsory attendance for School of Language (SOL). However, the JNUTA claimed that it was not even part of the agenda and was opposed by the majority of members.”No such proposal has been made by any board of studies and if it were to be made, it would be applicable to the school only,” JNUTA said.Claiming that there is no tendency of “absenteeism” among the students, JNUTA president Ayesha Kidwai said,”We don’t want our classrooms to be turned into the last outposts of chief proctor office, because the notion of discipline in classrooms is strictly from the current dispensation’s notion of the disciplined conduct by students.”This will be the first time when JNU will maintain a record of student attendance. The university, however, has not yet specified the exact percentage of attendance that would be required to be maintained by the students and said that detailed guidelines will be issued shortly.The move also rapped by the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU), that termed it “irrational” and “unreasonable”. “We are adults. If we choose to miss classes and mess up our future, then that is on us. We are not in schools or gurukuls that we need to answer a roll call every day. This is an absolutely absurd regulation,” said JNUSU vice-president Simone Zoya Khan.

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NHRC notice is a blessing in disguise: Vinod Tawde

Tawde said that despite all the criticism that the move has got, it is aimed to make education more 'inclusive'. "Students who are studying in schools with less than 10 students have no socialisation. They lose out on the opportunities of interacting with other students and other collective activities like annual days, sports etc. Our idea is to absorb them into other nearby schools so that they get an enriched learning experience" he added.”
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In a first, JNU to maintain attendance record for students

In a first, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has made attendance compulsory for all regular students from January next year, a move that students termed was against the university’s ‘tradition’.According to a circular issued by JNU’s assistant registrar Sajjan Singh, “attendance is mandatory from the next semester for all students registered in all programmes i.e, COP, DOP, ADOP, BA, MA, MSc, MTech, MPhil, PhD etc. All schools and centers are advised to maintain an attendance record of all students”.The university has not yet specified the exact percentage of attendance that would be required to be maintained by students and said detailed guidelines will be issued shortly.While the circular mentioned that the decision was taken during the academic council meeting held on December 1, the JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) has stated that no such issue was raised during the meeting. “During the meeting, the V-C had just arbitrarily mentioned about the formation of a committee to ensure provisions of compulsory attendance for School of Language, but it was not a part of the agenda,” JNUSU president Geeta Kumari said.”That random proposal, which the V-C had raised in passing amid opposition by the JNUSU and others, is now being termed as the decision of the AC. This is actually going to become a weapon in the hands of the administration to harass students, as is done in other universities,” she said.JNUSU vice-president Simone Zoya Khan also termed the move “irrational” and “unreasonable”. “We are adults. If we choose to miss classes and mess up our future then that is on us. We are not in schools or gurukuls that we need to answer a roll call every day. This is an absolutely absurd regulation,” she said, adding that it has now become routine to “misrepresent” and “manipulate” the reporting of the statutory bodies by the JNU administration.The JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) also backed the JNUSU, stating that the matter of regulating attendance was not discussed in the Academic Council meeting. “In a university where majority of the students are busy with their research work, compulsory attendance will not work,” a JNUTA member said.

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At Sattvik, students try to create more acceptance for microbial nutrient-rich food

At the ongoing Sattvik Food Festival, a stall is entirely manned by students of the Gujarat University (GU). In the festival that promotes traditional food, the students have set up the stall to increase awareness about a product that may not necessarily be traditional but is a rich source of protein – spirulina.The students of microbiology from the MG Science college have been setting up stall at the Sattvik Food Festival for four years now. “The idea is to promote microbial food rich in nutrients. Another example of microbial food is the mushroom. Such food can help address the nutrient needs of people,” said Nazir Ahmed, a fourth year student of microbiology.He said spirulina is an excellent source of protein. “It is similar to the green layer of plant that we see on water. Because its source is water, it has a fishy smell and many people don’t like to eat it in its natural form and think it is fish. Spirulina tablets are also available but its better to use it as a food source than as a tablet,” said Ahmed.This year, the students have made mushroom ball patties and Jowar totha (tuver totha is a traditional dish) with mushrooms and spirulina. They said many people avoid mushrooms too thinking it comes under the non-vegetarian food category. Incidentally, the students don’t get any additional credits for setting up stalls in the festival but are doing so to create more acceptance for microbial food among the people.”45% of the population of Gujarat suffers from protein malnutrition and spirulina can be the answer to that. Every year, we try to make new dishes from spirulina and other microbial foods to popularise their use,” said Ahmed.He along with his friend Tirth Thakkar have even incubated a start up at GU to sell products made of spirulina. “As of now, we have made chocolates from spirulina so that kids can be encouraged to eat it as well as ‘khakhra’. We are selling it in some stores of SEWA,” said Thakkar, a biotechnology graduate.A SOURCE OF PROTEINThis year, the students have made mushroom ball patties and Jowar totha (tuver totha is a traditional dish) with mushrooms and spirulina.

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11 Jamia students asked to leave NCC camp for ‘sporting beard’

Eleven Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) students were allegedly asked to leave an ongoing National Cadet Corps (NCC) camp in Rohini for sporting beard. Calling it blatant “discrimination” and demanding that they should be reinstated back in the camp, the students held a protest at the university campus on Monday.According to the agitating students, they were asked to leave the camp on Sunday night after they denied to shave off their beards. “A total of 35 students from the JMI had joined the 10-day camp on December 19, of which, eleven of us sport a beard. We were repeatedly asked to shave to which we denied as it is against our religious beliefs. We were finally thrown out of the camp,” said one of the students, who did not wish to be named due to the NCC protocol.The NCC officials, however, say that the cadets other than Sikhs are forbidden from growing beard during the camps.“It’s a part of NCC’s code of conduct and not any discrimination. Nobody was asked to leave the camp,” a senior official said. Despite several attempts, NCC PRO Colonel Vikas, however, could not be reached for a comment.After staging an overnight protest outside the camp, the students continued their protest at the Jamia campus till Monday evening demanding the suspension of Jamia’s NCC in-charge Rajnish Kumar.“Our university in-charge did not help the students when they were discriminated. Some of the students have been attending the camp for the last two-three years but none of them were asked to shave,” said Aqdas Sami, a third-year Bioscience student.The students also met Vice-Chancellor, Talat Ahmad urging him to take immediate action against Kumar.“The VC assured the students that he will constitute an inquiry committee to look into the matter,” said Meeran Haider from the Jamia Students’ Forum. When DNA contacted Kumar, he denied to make any statement and said that he will submit a report to the VC. A former Jamia NCC in-charge, however, claimed that it never happened during his 30-year long association with the tri-service organisation. “Never before were the students asked to shave during the NCC camps. Ours is one of the best NCC team in Delhi,” he added. A similar issue was raised earlier in August 2015, when Andhra Pradesh Minorities Commission had issued a notice to the Director-General of NCC seeking explanation on a circular issued two years ago which had forbidden cadets, other than Sikhs, from growing beard. Later in December that year, the Commission had asked the Defence Ministry to make the exemption, granted to Sikh community applicable to Muslims, too. The matter, however, is still under examination.

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Maharashtra to crack down on tuition classes

The State could soon regulate the fees of private coaching classes, as per the draft of the Maharashtra Private Coaching Regulation Bill 2018 which is likely to be tabled in the Winter Session of the Assembly next week.As per the draft, the State will form a designated body to periodically set and regulate the fee structure for private coaching classes from region to region. Coaching institutes would have to abide by this structure; and they will also have to accept fees only by cheque.The draft bill also states that only a class with five or less students can be considered a home tuition class; if the number of students exceeds this, it would fall under the ambit of a private class. Each such class would have to abide by the norms set by the state government.”Each private class needs to have adequate seating capacity and can have a maximum of 80 students per class,” the draft states, “It should have a separate toilet for girls and boys, and enough parking space. The guidelines stated in the bill will be applicable to classes which cater to students up to class XII.”If the bill is passed, every private class would have to reserve 5% seats for students from lower economic backgrounds and give 50% discount in fees for students coming from government schools or institutes run by local self-government bodies.The draft bill continues the recent policy of not allowing integrated coaching — coaching classes run within the premises of educational institutes and during school/college hours.Private classes would have to take the requisite permissions while setting up classes and would have to keep accounts and audit reports ready for government scrutiny at any time. They would also have to donate 5% of their income for educational funds of the state government.Trustee of Science Parivar, prof Subhash Joshi, said that the bill, if passed in its existing form, would completely end the autonomy of coaching institutes. “The government should realise that coaching classes run on a competitive basis and are not compulsory in nature,” says Joshi, “How can the government decide everything from fees to teacher appointments when it is not giving us any financial or any other kind of support?” He added that the government should ensure good quality teaching in schools and colleges so that students don’t have to turn to coaching institutes.Alka sinha said that home tutors like her, who charge much less than commercial classes, would be at a loss with the new rules. “We cannot provide parking and separate washrooms as the income from fees is very small,” she said.Draft rulesState govt will fix and regulate fees of pvt coaching classes Classes can take fees only by cheque Only classes with 5 or less students to be considered home tuition Students cannot be charged separately for books, notes or study material 5% seats to be reserved for poor; Classes to provide separate loos for boys and girls and adequate parking

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Indian citizenship: SC says claims of left out persons to be included in subsequent NRC for Assam

The Supreme Court today said that claims of those citizens, whose names do not figure in the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) for Assam to be published by December 31, would be scrutinised and included in the subsequent list, if found genuine.The top court made it clear that publication of draft NRC was not the “end of the process” and claims and objections of aggrieved parties could be filed and would be verified in accordance with law.”We reiterate the aforesaid observation meaning thereby that the claims/cases of the left out applicants whose names are not included in the draft NRC to be published on or before December 31, 2017 will be scrutinised and thereafter, if found eligible, would be included in the subsequent draft NRC,” a bench comprising justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman said.The bench gave the liberty to Assam to give wide publicity or coverage to its direction so as to ally all fears and apprehensions that may exist.The apex court had on November 30 said that on the expiry of midnight of December 31, the draft NRC pertaining to 2.38 crore claims, would be published. The NRC is being prepared to identify illegal migrants in Assam.The court had observed this while rejecting the Centre’s plea seeking extension of time for publication of the draft NRC.The NRC of 1951 is being updated for Assam in accordance with the tripartite agreement between the state and central governments and the All Assam Students Union (AASU), which was arrived at in 2005 to implement the 1985 Assam Accord.

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Techfest 2017: IIT-Bombay gears up for its biggest event; Hamid Karzai, Pranab Mukherjee to address students at the fest

Hamid Karzai, Former President of Afghanistan along with Pranab Mukherjee will address thousands of students of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) on like various topics including the Indian Economy, Sustainable Development and Digitalisation during its annual science and technology festival between December 29-31.Along with them, Manohar Parrikarl, Chief Minister of Goa and Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation will also address the students at the convocation hall of IIT-B. While Mukherjee, Parikar and Sinha will address on December 29, Karzai will address on December 31.”The themes of the festival are Digitalisation, Sustainability and Biotechnology as we identified that technological advancement in these segments need to be stressed upon considering the current nation’s scenario and the world at large, said IIT-B in a statement.”Apart from futuristic exhibits coming from all over the world, Techfest will have the honour to host some of the best machines and equipment from Indian Army, Indian Navy and DRDO,” IIT-B said in a statement. Techfest is scheduled to take place on 29th, 30th and 31st December this year, that will see many international students participate in various events of the festival. Students from USA, Canada, UK, China, Italy, Afghanistan, UAE will participate for the festival, however students from Pakistan will not be among participating country for techfest this year too.

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JNU admin asks activist Shehla Rashid to appear for proctoral inquiry over Twitter post

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration has asked student activist Shehla Rashid to appear for a proctoral inquiry over her claims on Twitter about “Internet censorship” on the campus, a move termed unprecedented by her and other student leaders.Rashid, a former JNU students’ union vice president, said today that she would not appear before the proctor on December 19 as the varsity administration “does not have a jurisdiction over” her tweets. This was “probably the first notice” anyone had received for social media posts, she added. She also posted an image of the notice from the office of the chief proctor, dated December 7, on Twitter. She said she received the notice by email yesterday.”A complaint dated 23.11.2017 against you, has been received in the Chief Proctor Office… It has been alleged that you were claiming on social media site (Twitter) regarding content blocking on the JNU Campus Wi-Fi.”You are directed to appear for the hearing before the Proctor on 19th December…to explain your position,” according to the notice.”I have decided not to argue with them on the merits of the case, but on the grounds of purview,” she said, adding that she would send a written representation. On November 11, Rashid tweeted, “Students can’t access content from AIB, The Wire, NDTV, YouTube videos related to student movements. Keyword search related to Mamata Bannerjee, Rahul Gandhi, Shehla Rashid, (Arvind) Kejriwal, Kanhaiya (Kumar) censored!!!” Backing Rashid, the JNU Students’ Union said in a statement it “condemns this act of punishing dissenters and whistleblowers by the VC through the office of Proctor”.Also readJNU refused to accept dissertation as I didn’t have Aadhaar number: Shehla RashidA student leader said the action against Rashid was unprecedented. JNU Chief Proctor Kaushal Kumar, Registrar Pramod Kumar, Rector I Chintamani Mahapatra did not respond to calls.

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ISIS ka halla Quran mey kahin nahin hain: Army chief Rawat to Kashmir students

The message of peace and harmony is “beautifully portrayed” in the holy Quran and people often do not understand its essence, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat told a group of students from Jammu and Kashmir today, adding it does not propagate violence.Interacting with the group of madrasa students at his office here, Gen. Rawat also asked them to pick up sports like cricket and football and work towards containing terrorism so that Kashmir valley flourishes again. “How many of you have read the holy Quran?” Gen Rawat asked the 25-member group which is here as part of a national integration tour being conducted by the Army. “I will tell you what is the message in it. It is the message of peace and harmony (‘Aman ka paigam hai’). And, it has been beautifully portrayed in it. And, all this noise made by the IS, it is nowhere mentioned in Quran (‘Ye jo IS ka halla hai na, yeh Quran mey kahin nahin hai’) ,” he said.”So, you must follow the message embedded in the holy text. You think people understand the message. We do not properly understand it. In simple ways, Quran has given the lessons (on human values),” the Army chief asserted. The students, aged 13-22, arrived here on December 12 and many of them are visiting Delhi for the first time. Various militant outfits have been trying to radicalise the youths in Kashmir Valley by using different means including online propaganda. A number of people were arrested in the Valley in the past few months on charges of raising flags of dreaded terror group Islamic State (IS).Also readKeep military out of politics: General Bipin RawatThe Army chief warmly shook hands with all the students and accompanying teachers and asked them what difference they found between Delhi and Kashmir. “Unlike Kashmir, you do not see bunkers here, people roam at night in peace. We want the same peaceful environment in Jammu and Kashmir too so that you can fearlessly go to schools and madrassas.”Kashmir valley is equated with the heavens, and if you want that land to flourish, we must stop terrorism,” Rawat said. He suggested that they take up cricket and football and engage themselves in constructive activities.”Play cricket and football, but I hear that the youth there play hide-and-seek with weapons (‘hathiyar ke saath chor-sipahi’),” he said. Abdul Hameed, 13, from Panjgram village in Jammu, said, “I am very happy to be in Delhi. I have never travelled out of Jammu. And for the first time I travelled in a train.” A senior Army official said the group visited Taj Mahal yesterday and tomorrow they will go to see Red Fort and Jama Masjid.During the trip, the students also visited the National Science Centre in Delhi, the official said, adding, “Today, we will take them for a metro ride”.Also readOperations against terrorists in Kashmir will go on, says General Bipin Rawat “In Agra, they also prayed at a mosque, and tomorrow, they will also offer prayers at the Jama Masjid. And, in the evening, we will take a train back to the state,” he said. 37-year-old teacher Abdul Majid, accompanying the students, said, “We will return and spread the message of peace (‘Paigam-e-Aman’) back home as the Quran says.” The Army has adopted a tough approach against militants in Kashmir valley and stepped up its counter-terror operations in the last six months.The Army has also been carrying out various activities including organising national integration tours for youths of the state as part of efforts to reach out to the local residents.

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Electoral education made mandatory in schools

The south zone education department has asked all their zonal schools and colleges to start an ‘Electoral Literacy Club’ (ELC). The suggestion, made by the Election Commission of India, wants the club started in schools and colleges and covered under formal education to engage new voters through extracurricular interventions with the aim to create awareness among students about elections in India.The circular to form the ELC was issued on Wednesday and states that the ELC should be established in schools and colleges for students from IX to XII including colleges and universities, and educational institutions including professional and technical educational institutions. Students will be encouraged to run the ELC through an elected body of the executive committee with elected representatives from each of the sections.Teachers, preferably from the humanities department, will act as the nodal officers and mentors for the ELC and teachers with election duty experience should be given preference for this work.The club will make the members aware of the registration and electoral process by engaging them through well designed attractive resources in hands-on experience. The members will also be educated about EVMs.Anil Valvi, Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra, said, “By January 25, 2018, on National Voters’ Day, all the schools and colleges have to form ELCs. The Electoral Literacy committee which will consist of a chief electoral officer, principals, NGO’s NSS and NCC heads will help in creating awareness.”

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Kurla students help rebuild tribal school near Karjat

More than 170 students from Vivekanand English High School in Kurla, a Vivekanand Education Society (VES) affiliate, helped to rebuild the dilapidated building of Academy of Developmental Science, a school for tribal children in Kashele village near Karjat, as a part of a community integration initiative. The class 9 and 10 students, aged 14 to 15, voluntarily contributed their efforts to rebuild the school from scratch.Quick learners, the students observed construction workers and soon picked up building skills themselves following which they contributed to every aspect of the school’s rebuilding process — right from laying the bricks to painting the school building. They had the help of 10 staff members from their school who accompanied the students to the village.The school redevelopment program was held in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, an international NGO engaged in several social upliftment projects for underprivileged sections of society.Dr Asha Binukumar, principal, Vivekanand English High School, said, “We need to sensitise children towards the plight of their fellow citizens, especially the downtrodden sections of society. Schools should encourage students to participate in community development projects like this which will make them appreciate the value and dignity of labour. Through willing participation in such programmes, children not only imbibe empathy but also grow as model citizens”.Vaishnavi Bidoo, one of the participating students, said, “We first observed the construction workers then we started helping them.We painted the walls as well as built the school’s compound wall.”Students and staff from the school were awarded with international certificates, valid in 80 countries, for their contribution to community service.

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TISS collective fights for rights of transgender community

Students from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai have launched a postcard campaign to oppose the Transgender Persons (protection of rights) Bill, 2016 that is scheduled to be presented before the parliament in the winter session.The campaign is part of a national call for action against the upcoming bill which, as per activists and community members, has several problematic and ill-conceived provisions. Students from the TISS Queer Collective have collected over 4,000 postcards in support for the movement which will be addressed to the Office of the Prime Minister.”The bill is, in all respects, a violation of the rights of transgenders and has not considered the recommendations made by the stakeholders. If such a regressive bill is passed, it would lead to further marginalisation and discrimination against the community,” said Sai Bourothu, a TISS student who is part of the collective. Several other student groups from the city have also submitted their objections.

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‘Cocaine in tea stalls’: Hundreds of IIT-Kanpur students using drugs, college reaches out to district admin

Hundreds of students at the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur use drugs and “some 30 to 40” of them have become addicts, a probe by the college administration has found out.The narcotics is supplied to the students through local sources of the drug mafia active in and around the campus of the Institution, an internal inquiry has revealed.The institute has reached out to the district administration in cracking down on the local drug suppliers to rid the campus of the fast growing menace.”As per an internal assessment, a few hundred bright students of the institute are using drugs on the campus and the situation is alarming. We have raised the issue with district magistrate Surendra Singh, who has acknowledged the fact and assured an immediate and appropriate response,” Professor Manindra Agarwal, officiating director of IIT-K told the Times of India.Media reports said the role of campus staff, including security personnel, temporary staff and fourth class employees, is also under scanner.Kanpur DM Surendra Singh confirmed the development and said that district administration has decided to set up teams to round up the drug smugglers active in the area.Students have easy access to all sorts of narcotics – from tobacco to cocaine – at pan and tea stalls near the campus, a media report, quoting sources, said. Agarwal said the probe has identified some students as being “severely affected” by drug abuse “but many more are yet to be identified”.To spread awareness among the students, the college administration has pasted posters in the hostels and the campus. It also plans to hold counselling sessions for addicted students.

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Day after BHU’s political science paper asks on GST, history paper asks questions on Alauddin Khilji

A day after the political science paper at an MA examination at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) asked questions on GST in Kautilya’s Arthashastra, another question – this time in the history examination – has left students fuming.As per an ANI report, the history paper had questions pertaining to Triple Talaq, Halala and Alauddin Khilji. Students have alleged that the university administration is trying to impose ideology on students in the pretext of such questions, adding that such things must first be taught. Also readAligarh Muslim University perfect example of Indian nationalism and ethos: Pranab MukherjeeHowever, Rajiv Srivastava, an assistant professor at the university stood by the questions asked. “History has been distorted. We need to teach them the real history,” he said.Srivastava went on to add that universities such as Aligarh Muslim University and Jawaharlal Nehru University ask questions on child marriage and Sati.”Islam also has demerits which must be raised. When we teach history of Islam we will have to teach such things. People like Sanjay Leela Bhansali won’t teach history to students,” he added.Earlier, the Political Science paper for MA (Master of Arts) in BHU had two unusual 15-mark questions on Monday. The students were left baffled when they had to choose between to write an essay on the nature of GST in Kautilya’s Arthashastra or a discussion on ‘Manu is the first Indian thinker of globalisation’, according to an Indian Express report. The questions on these topics were set for the paper ‘Social and Political Thought in Ancient and Medieval India’ of MA. While the students complained that the topics were not part of the syllabus, the professor who set the question paper said he only “interpreted the two thinkers and taught their philosophies through new and current examples like GST and globalisation.”Also readAt Patna University’s special exhibition, check out original Laila-Majnu manuscript, rare coinsProfessor Kaushal Kishore Mishra admitted that it was his idea to introduce the questions in the exam as he believes it is a newer way to teach the students about the latest topics.Mishra, a professor at BHU’s Faculty of Social Sciences, is an RSS member but said the questions have nothing to do with his personal beliefs and what he teaches his students. One of the BHU students had admitted that they were taught by Professor Mishra about the GST-Kautilya question in class and were asked to take notes. They were warned by the professor that they may face such questions in the examination. An outraged BHU student slammed the college administration for “ridiculous and unpalatable questions” in the paper and said they are taught about the fictitious subjects like just to “validate” the government policies.Also readJNU fines student for cooking ‘biryani’ inside campus, calls it’s a ‘serious offence’

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BHU students left puzzled after being asked to write essay on ‘GST in Kautilya’s Arthashastra’

Students of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) were left puzzled when they were asked to write about the nature of GST in Kautilya’s Arthashastra in examination.The Political Science paper for MA (Master of Arts) in BHU had two unusual 15-mark questions on Monday. The students were left baffled when they had to choose between to write an essay on the nature of GST in Kautilya’s Arthashastra or a discussion on ‘Manu is the first Indian thinker of globalisation’, according to an Indian Express report. The questions on these topics were set for the paper ‘Social and Political Thought in Ancient and Medieval India’ of MA. While the students complained that the topics were not part of the syllabus, the professor who set the question paper said he only “interpreted the two thinkers and taught their philosophies through new and current examples like GST and globalisation.”Professor Kaushal Kishore Mishra admitted that it was his idea to introduce the questions in the exam as he believes it is a newer way to teach the students about the latest topics. Professor Mishra, a professor at BHU’s Faculty of Social Sciences, is an RSS member but said the questions have nothing to do with his personal beliefs and what he teaches his students. One of the BHU student had admitted that they were taught by Professor Mishra about the GST-Kautilya question in class and were asked to take notes. They were warned by the professor that they may face such questions in the examination. An outraged BHU student slammed the college administration for “ridiculous and unpalatable questions” in the paper and said they are taught about the fictitious subjects like just to “validate” the government policies.
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Campion School celebrates 75th anniv today

Campion School in Fort that was instituted on January 20, 1943 by members of the Society of Jesuits with a mere 23 students has now grown into an establishment of 830 students. The school marks the completion of its 75 years on Tuesday.When it just began, the school ran from a rental ground floor flat at 45, New Marine Lines and its first principal was the late Fr Joseph Savall. Until 1956, the school imparted Cambridge education to its students before switching to the ICSE board in 1957.Paul Machado, the school’s longest-serving principal, from 2003 to present, said, “Students come from Wadala, Worli and even Mahim. In the 1950s the school shifted to Wellesley House and Arthur House buildings. Earlier, the school was imparting education from grade three to eight and now it is imparting education from junior kindergarten to grade 10. Our alumni organisation is very active and they, along with the school, have decided to raise funds for the present and former teachers’ health and other aid. On its 75th year celebration, the school is going to release a logo that will be used on our letterheads for a year.”Several renowned personalities are alumni of Campion School, some of them include former aviation minister Praful Patel, politician Dr Shashi Tharoor and builder Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, to name a few.The event to mark the school’s 75 years will take place on December 5 at NCPA at 6 pm, which will include the Governor of Maharashtra C Vidyasagar Rao releasing a special cover followed by the release of 75th year logo.GIVING BACKThe school’s PTA introduced a program called 75 acts of kindness in which the school will reach out to less privileged citizens. Dr Shashi Tharoor will address the audience.
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Cooking up a mantra to deal with stress

Two women lawyers have devised a novel way to help students at Kota coaching institutes to help them cope with depression, loneliness and other pressures.Isha Yadav, a native to Rewadi town in Haryana who has quit her government job in DMC to pursue the social cause and her friend Sujata Dhaniya, who also left her flourishing legal practice in Jaipur, have set up food corner in the city where they sell cheap home-cooked food. The motive is to help coaching students deal with depression and suicidal tendencies through nutritious food.The two are now cooking food at their food corner in Kota and also giving life tips and success mantras to the students coming to take food at their food corner. Both the friends are serving homemade one plate of Idly, Sāmbhar, Rajma and rice for the fair price of Rs. 40. “After my elder sister died of blood cancer at a very young age, my father went into deep depression and I decided to end up my life, but instantly a voice from inside prevented me asking not to give up but to fight,,” said Isha.That very thought of ‘not to give up prompted her to pursue law studies and then to take up a government job as a law officer in DMC but she wanted to do something different and that is too for society. Eventually after 2 and a half years, after completing her domestic responsibilities, she decided to set up an NGO and landed in Kota to help the coaching students deal with depression and suicidal tendencies by giving them tips of healthy and energetic life. Isha asked several of her friends to join her in the social cause but it only Sujata came forward and arrived in Kota to share her social responsibility.It were reports of suicides in Kota that compelled her to move to Kota and help the students, Isha said, adding the students tend to stop for a while at food centre to take food and during that period, both of them try to provide counselling to them, she said.Serving society“After my elder sister died of blood cancer at a very young age, my father went into deep depression and I decided to end up my life, but instantly a voice from inside prevented me asking not to give up but to fight,” said Isha. That very thought of ‘not to give up prompted her to pursue law studies. But she wanted to do something to help the society.
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Dilapidated school building in Chembur-Vashi naka poses threat to students

The lives of students in Ayodhya Nagar Marathi and Telugu-medium BMC school at Chembur-Vashi Naka is at risk owing to the dilapidated condition of the school building. The plan was to demolish the building, set up a transit camp near the ground and shift the students to the camp. BMC Education department decided to shift the school to a residential building of the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA). Parents have opposed the shift as the MHADA building is not close to their homes, and they didn’t want to take the risk.The foundation stone was laid by local corporator in December 2016 to build a ground plus five-floor building for the Ayodhya Nagar Marathi and Telugu-medium school.After one developer took the matter to court to reserve the ground for playground and not for educational purposes, the transit camp could not be built. According to sources, in September, the school officials brought the condition of building to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) notice of BMC’s education department.In a recent ward committee meeting, the higher authorities ordered the school officials to vacate the school immediately and move the students to a safer place. A residential building of MHADA named Suraksha was then finalised and it was decided to give four rooms. Parents have opposed this move on the grounds that the new building is far and they didn’t want to risk sending their children to a residential building.A BMC education official on condition of anonymity said, “We are still exploring where to shift the students as the MHADA building where it is decided to shift haveDIP IN STUDENTSThe school, earlier, had 550 students in Marathi medium and 250 in Telugu medium. Now the number has come down to 328 in Marathi medium and only 60 in Telugu medium When contacted, school principal of Ayodhya Nagar BMC school refused to comment on the issue
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Arunachal teacher forces 88 girls to undress, FIR filed

Students of a girls’ school in Arunachal Pradesh were allegedly forced to undress by three teachers as punishment for writing vulgar words against the head teacher.As many as 88 Class 6 and 7 students of the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Tani Happa (New Sagalee), Papum Pare district, were subjected to the humiliating treatment on November 23, the police said.The matter came to light on November 27, after victims approached All Sagalee Students Union (ASSU), which filed an FIR with the local police.According to the FIR, two assistant teachers and a junior teacher forced 88 students to undress before other students, following the recovery of a piece of paper containing vulgar words about the head teacher and a student.Papum Pare Superintendent of Police Tumme Amo confirmed the filing of the FIR by ASSU. He said the case has been forwarded to the women police station.A team of the All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) met with students and teachers on Wednesday, and found that an unidentified student had written vulgar words on a piece of paper, mentioning the name of the head teacher and a student, an APPDSU release stated.The teachers then demanded an explanation from all 88 students, who were later made to undress before other students as punishment, it said.PUNISHMENT?A junior teacher forced Class 6 and 7 students to undress as punishment after a teacher found a paper with vulgar words written about the head teacher and a student.
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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.

Delhi University SOL classes yet to begin, students in lurch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even while the semesters for all the regular courses are over and examination are underway in colleges across the Delhi University (DU), the students of School of Open Learning (SOL) are still waiting for their classes to begin. Adding to their woes, they have not even received the study material yet.SOL is a correspondence option offered by the DU. It admits around 1.5 lakh students in undergraduate courses every year and offers BA, BCom, BA (Honours) Political Science, BCom (Honours) and BA (Honours) English, among others. Every year, the classes for these students begin in the last week of September.Agitated by the delay, hundreds of SOL students protested at the university’s north campus on Tuesday. “This is victimisation of correspondent students. While the students of regular colleges have had their syllabi completed, the SOL students, coming from deprived and marginalised sections, still do not know their syllabi half-a-year after taking admission,” said Ravinder Kumar, a second-year BA (prog) student.The students also submitted a memorandum to executive director (SOL), H C Pokhriyal demanding immediate commencement of classes of all courses.”This is not the first time that the university is giving us this step-motherly treatment. We are always being discriminated in one way or the other,” said Sneha Sharma, a correspondent BCom student.”We are not even provided with an adequate number of classrooms. Last year, as many as 1,000 SOL students used to come for classes at Saraswati College. But we have been provided with only eight classrooms. It’s really difficult to accommodate all the students in them,” she added.Officials, however, assured students that arrangements would be made for their classes shortly.Despite several attempts, Pokhriyal did not respond to the questions.In July this year, the SOL students were at loggerheads with the university when their results got delayed by more than four months. Following which several hundreds of students could not take admissions in the masters courses.TOO MANY GRIPESStudents say they have not been provided adequate number of classrooms
One of them said as many as 1,000 SOL students used to come for lectures at Saraswati College, but they had been given only eight classrooms
The students say they are yet to receive the study material
To air their grievances, the students held a protest at the university’s north campus on Tuesday

4.5k students learn to test cow meat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Directorate of Forensic Science Laboratories (FSL) has so far this year imparted training to 4,500 students from at least 400 medical colleges in the seven centers of the laboratory on different forensic tests, including the use of cow meat testing kit. There had been instances in the past wherein meat traders were victimised by cow-vigilante and later test of seized meat revealed that it was not of a cow.The FSL officials showed case studies and experiments to the students and were taught about the cyber forensics, DNA tests, psychological tests, brain mapping, lie detector tests, Biology and Serology kits, and ballistics test. The students were given the kits to study the equipment and its uses.According to FSL officials, the cow meat test, which takes around a week now can be tested via ELISA test in under 30 minutes. These equipment have been provided in the forensic vans. The importance of these handy kits is to defuse tensions among police and civilians.Dr KV Kulkarni, Director of FSL, said, “The seven centers of FSL have been conducting the workshops for students and are teaching about the cow meat tests. The students were taught about the ELISA test which helps in detecting the cow meat.””The officials conducted workshops explaining the importance of the cyber forensics,” Kulkarni said. “The importance of cyber attacks taking place in the country was also explained. We have been conducting these lectures to ensure that the students are trained about the forensic tests,” Kulkarni added.The medical colleges in the periphery of Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, Amravati, Nanded, and Kolhapur centers have been sent invites this year for free students’ workshop.”The students have been invited by the Regional FSLs, which also go around the mobile forensic vans, to spread awareness not only for students but also for the police officers. The on-spot test kits are available inside the mobile vans which cater to the needs of daily cases being made by various police departments,” Kulkarni added.INVITATION LISTThe medical colleges in the periphery of Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Aurangabad, Nashik, Amravati, Nanded, and Kolhapur centers have been sent invites this year for workshops.

2003 Mulund bomb blast accused walks to freedom

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Convicted for the 2003 bomb blasts, Saquib Nachan, Wednesday was released from Thane Central jail. Nachan was convicted for possessing weapons under the Prevention of Terrorist Act (POTA) and was sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment. After being released from prison, Nachan left for his native town of Padhga with his relatives.In 2002 and 2003, within a span of four months, there were four blasts at Mumbai Central, Vile Parle and Mulund railway stations that killed 12 persons. Nachan was accused by Mumbai Police as the mastermind of the blasts and he was arrested from Padgha of Thane district.Nachan was the former secretary of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Nachan completed 10 years of punishment out of which one year and eight months were spent as a convict at the Thane Central Prison, while the remaining period was spent as an undertrial.”I respect the judiciary system and after my release I wish to spend quality time with my family members,” said Nachan.”The prison authorities and conditions in the jail are proper. Now, as a grandfather, I would bring up my grandchildren,” said Nachan.It was a festive time for the guests and family members who thronged the residence of Nachan. Sweets were distributed in the locality and special dishes were made for the guests. “We are happy that Saquib Bhai has returned and we still feel that he was framed by the government for doing social work for our community,” said a local resident.

‘They should have constructed new college for new name,’ Sheila Dikshit slams Centre for renaming Dyal Singh College

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday said that decision to rename Dyal Singh College (Evening) as ‘Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya’ was not a commendable move.The administrative department of Delhi University’s Dyal Singh College on Saturday decided to rename its evening college as ‘Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya’.Dikshit told ANI that the Centre should have constructed a new college instead of renaming an old college.”The Dyal Singh college is in Delhi since ages and its name is its identity. If they had to give a new name then they should have constructed a new college and then named it. That would have benefitted the students also. What message is the government trying to give by renaming the college, I have no idea,” she said.She added: “Vande Mataram is a national song and respected by all but naming a college after it is not a rational decision. The Government should take decision which is hailed by everyone.”A notification to rename the college was issued on Friday and accepted after it was decided to turn Dyal Singh (evening) college into a full-fledged day college.Speaking on the decision, the principal of the college, Pawan Sharma, told ANI, “The name inspired millions during freedom struggle. It’ll also inspire students. There mustn’t be controversy on it. People opposing it haven’t understood it well. We’ll not reconsider it. It’s final.”Meanwhile, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) had come out strongly against the move stating that, “The governing body has renamed the evening college in a hasty manner to distract the students from actual questions of education governance.””They are also disgracing the legacy of Punjab’s first freedom fighter-Sardar Dyal Singh Manjithia,” the NSUI said.

University of Mumbai launches online certification programme

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a first, the University of Mumbai has launched a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on SWAYAM — the government platform for Open Learning. The varsity launched its certificate programme in Communication Technologies in Education on the portal on November 13.Despite being the first such initiative of the University, the course has had over 3,200 students across the country enrolled on the portal. “Open Online learning has become the need of the hour with several avenues available for people to pick courses of their interest and get a certificate without having to go anywhere. With the government of India emphasising open learning through the SWAYAM portal, the need was felt to introduce a course from the university which learners across the country can benefit from. It became the first course from the varsity to become available for all learners across the country,” said Dr Dhaneshwar Harichandan, Director, Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) and the course coordinator.The course is spread across 15 weeks and students would be provided with e-text and videos on the portal.”In the eighth week, students would be given an assignment which they need to submit online. In the 15th week, a pen and paper test would be conducted at centres across the country,” he added.HOW IT WORKSThe course is open to all graduates and those pursuing another course at any recognised university can transfer four credits from the course to their existing degrees.
Students will get a certificate from the University of Mumbai, University Grants Commission and the MHRD after completion of the course.

Shocking: Third year BMS paper of Mumbai University leaked on Whatsapp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A third year Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) paper under the University of Mumbai was reportedly doing the rounds on Whatsapp minutes before the examination on Wednesday. The paper -‘Service Marketing’ which was scheduled at 11 am on Wednesday was reportedly doing the rounds on the messaging platform half an hour before the exam. “Some questions were doing the rounds on Whatsapp before the exam began on Wednesday. However, some students realised that the questions were exactly the same after they got the original papers” said a coaching class owner on the condition of anonymity. Students said that the paper was doing the rounds on some of the college groups before the exam began. “Some of my friends did share a few questions on the group but none of us knew that there was a leak” said a student from a suburban college. DNA could not independently verify the claims made by some students. While the reporter tried contacting Arjun Ghatule, Director, Board of Examinations and Evaluation, he did not respond to calls and messages. A senior university official said that they were getting several enquiries regarding the issue since Wednesday evening. “No such incident has been reported as per my knowledge. But people have been asking if such a leak has happened” said the official.

English Vinglish: Apps, offline classes to boost confidence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan government is providing English tutorials through mobile applications, along with offline classes, in order to increase the confidence among college students, said Kiran Maheshwari, minister of higher and technical education.Maheshwari, while addressing the Campus Ambassador Conclave of UPER (Upskill Proficiency in English for Rajasthan) at MNIT on Tuesday, said that most of the students studying in state-based colleges come from several villages. They find it difficult to present themselves, despite having talents, due to inefficiency in English.“The government is trying to create an atmosphere of English in all the state colleges to overcome their hesitation, so that the students are confident and do not lag behind during the private and government job interviews. The students should also make efforts to support the cause,” Maheshwari said.She further informed that apart from the mobile app “Hello English”, the higher education department has tied up with Noida-based ‘English Age’. The company will be taking three-month offline english courses in various state colleges. As many as 12 female colleges, and two polytechnic colleges have also been selected for this course, which will be free of cost for the students.Additional chief secretary, Rajhans Upadhyay, also said the state government is making a concerted effort so that the students studying in the college become job providers and not job seekers.“We are teaching students not English but a skill which will work as support after completing their education,” said Ashutosh Pandeykar, college education commissioner.He said that by learning English, our students will now be able to see their future in many areas like BPO, IT. Furthermore, Dishari app has been introduced to help students prepare for competitive examinations at home. Moving with timesApart from the mobile application ‘Hello English’, the higher education department has tied up with Noida-based ‘English Age’. The company will be taking three-month offline english courses. With this app, students can prepare without having to go anywhere or spend money.

JNU admin restricts Wi-Fi on campus, students fume

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) took to social media on Saturday to express anger over their online freedom being restricted by the JNU administration. The social media protest came after the administration ensured that the campus Wi-Fi would not show news, music or protest videos on YouTube.The JNU Students Union (JNUSU) called it a “politically motivated move” and alleged, “that all website and video links which have anti-government content have been restricted.” DNA tried to reach the JNU registrar Pramod Kumar and the Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar for a response but failed to get a reply until the time of press.Many students took to social media and wrote Facebook posts condemning the move by the administration. Students stated that with the Wi-Fi restriction, the only thing that they can be allowed to watch online are cartoons.In a statement issued by the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) the students said, “This latest scheme of the JNU V-C is tampering with free academic thought and the environment of JNU, by placing curbs on the internet access of JNU students, through the campus Wi-Fi. Students have been facing problems in accessing web pages and channels on YouTube through the JNU Wi-Fi. JNU presidential debates, speeches of prominent student leaders have also been restricted.”Clashes between the JNUSU and the authorities over a number of issues have been taking place in recent times. The move by the JNU V-C, earlier this year, to ensure seat cuts in MPhil/PhD courses has angered students, the announcement by the administration that an army tank should be placed on campus to instil patriotism, also led to clashes with students who denounced the move.In the statement, the students also accused the administration of “corruption in teachers’ appointment in JNU… open harassment of students through notices and fines… destroying students freedom of expression and academic freedom through restrictions imposed on the JNU Wi-Fi.STUDENTS SAYJNUSU condemns this act of control by the V-C on lives and thoughts of students. It appeals to the student community to stand tall against this curbing of both intellectual and social life and demands that the JNU administration remove the curbs.

JNU students fined for cooking biryani on campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have been fined for cooking and eating biryani near the stairs in front of the university’s administrative building.The incident allegedly took place on June 27 when students, holding a night long protest against the Vice Chancellor, stayed at the administration block and cooked food.While three students — Chepal Sherpa, Amir Malik and Manish Kumar — have been fined Rs 6,000 each, former JNU Students’ Union general secretary Satarupa Chakraborty has been fined Rs 10,000.Chakraborty was also punished under another clause for “leading the protest demonstration along with slogan shouting against Vice-Chancellor, administration and Professor Atul Johri, and sitting inside the V-C’s office even after repeated requests from CSO (Chief Security Officer) and security personnel to stop”.”In the proctorial enquiry, you have been found guilty of being involved in cooking food (biryani) near the stairs in front of the Administrative Building and eating it thereafter along with other students. This act is serious in nature, unbecoming of a student of JNU and calls for strict disciplinary action,” the Chief Proctor, Kaushal Kumar, said in a circular issued to the students on November 8.Calling it a “serious act”, university authorities have asked Chakraborty to deposit the fine within 10 days of the issuing of the notice.The authorities also warned students “to be careful and not to get involved in such incidents in future”.Responding to the incident, Chakraborty said, “Is a university proctor’s office here to monitor who is cooking and eating what? Since when is seeking an appointment to meet the V-C or shouting slogans against him a crime? Is this how the ‘discretionary power’ is supposed to be exercised where student union members would be kept out of any dialogue with the university authority?”

MU students to stage protest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Students affected by the result mess at the University of Mumbai plan to stage a protest asking the varsity to stop its ongoing exams until all the results of revaluation are declared. Until Wednesday, over 20,000 students were yet to get their revaluation results from the university close to two months after they applied for revaluation. Several such students, under the banner #savemumbaiuniversity, plan to gherao officials on Thursday. “With students still awaiting revaluation, how can the varsity schedule new exams?” said Sachin Pawar, President, Student Law Council.

Ramjas row: Hate speech can’t be permitted in garb of freedom of speech, says court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Delivering hate speeches and raising slogans that threaten the unity and integrity of the country cannot be permitted to be donned in the attire of freedom of speech and expression, a Delhi court today said.The “veil needs to be pierced and slitted,” it added.The stern observations were made by Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra in a complaint against some students’ groups for allegedly raising slogans at Delhi University’s Ramjas college in February this year. However, the court dismissed the complaint seeking another FIR into the matter saying the audio-video footage brought before it was “unauthenticated”. It said that in a democratic society, “a sincere and fair criticism is always a euphony and benediction as it leads to refinement of policies and transformation of systems.” “But hate speeches/sloganeering inciting the naive and innocuous and threatening the unity and integrity of the country cannot be permitted to be donned in the attire of freedom of speech and expression. The veil needs to be pierced and slitted,” the court observed.It said that those who dare to threaten the integrity of country need to be dealt with iron hand as a citizen was “constitutionally and morally bound” to uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India.”One has to be indebted to his/her motherland and nake sincere contribution for its development. Our Constitution recognises the freedom of speech and expression but it is not absolute,” the court observed.The court which dismissed the plea for another FIR in the case on the ground of avoiding duplication of the same and due to lack of authentic evidence, also said the students should be taught the principles of freedom struggle so that they remain on a path of righteousness.”Creation and destruction both play in laps of a mentor, and he/she should carve the minds of students with chisel of principles of freedom struggle i.e. Satya, Ahimsa, Swaraj, Sarvodya and Antodya. These principles if imbibed and followed like apostles, will never let one falter from the path of righteousness,” it said. On February 21 this year members of the RSS student wing ABVP had gathered outside the college and shouted slogans in protest against a seminar for which JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited.The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members allegedly pelted stones, vandalised the venue and disrupted the seminar. The next day violent clashes had broken out between the students of All India Students Association (AISA) and Students Federation of India (SFI) and the ABVP students, which left several of them and three teachers injured.

Edu Dept bombards schools with work

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Schools have only just reopened after vacations and they have started receiving circulars from the education department on celebrating different days for different national leaders.While, summative 1 test exam dates for students of grade 1 to 8 being declared by the education department has also not gone down well with teachers. This test is conducted by education department who sets the question papers, and will take place from November 8 to 11.Rajesh Pandya, vice president of Teachers Democratic Front, said, “Schools have to first celebrate Students Day on 7th in memory of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s first day in school, and on the next day the education department has asked us to conduct a summative 1 test exam. The school has just started and we are being bombarded with loads of work from celebration to conducting exams. For the summative test, we have not even been informed about the portion to be covered and how many marks will it be.”For Students Day, schools have been asked to show a movie based on Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s biography, conduct essay competitions and felicitate former students. Whereas in the summative 1 test exams, the schools have been asked to conduct tests of first language, Mathematics, English, third language and science respectively.Prashant Redij, spokesperson, Mumbai Principals Association, said, “We hope that the education department has data of number students of all schools so that they can accordingly send question papers in a sealed pack to avoid getting leaked. If they send fewer question papers than the number of students in school, then the schools will have to send them for photocopying which leads to leaking.”

Eight days on, Jamia students refuse to end hunger strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With students at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) refusing to end their ongoing hunger strike demanding the reinstatement of the student union, two of the agitators were hospitalised on Wednesday after their condition deteriorated.A group of 10 students has been on strike at the university premises since October 25. “Two students – Meeran Haider and Tamsil Alam – were hospitalised on Wednesday after their condition worsened. Alam has been diagnosed with dengue and his platelet count is falling really short. The students are on hunger strike since last eight days but the administration is still not ready to hold a dialogue on the matter,” said Imran Choudhary, president NSUI, JMI.Jamia has not held student union elections since 2006. According to the university, the matter is sub-juice before the Delhi High Court. However, the agitating students alleged the university of giving”misleading” statements on students’ union election.”The reality is that in 2012, the Delhi High Court had asked the reason behind not conducting students’ union election on regular basis in the university,” Choudhary added.”At that time, the Jamia administration had assured the court that there is no discomfort and objection regarding having students’ union election, as well as an elected student body,” he informed.Vice-Chancellor Talat Ahmed also met the students on Tuesday night and urged them to end their strike while assuring that the matter would be taken care of. He cited the pendency of the court case as the hurdle behind conducting the polls.”The students, who through a writ petition, had “impleaded…opposition of any direct system of elections” are not students of the university anymore. There is no reason the university cannot conduct the polls,” the agitating students said.”When all prominent universities such as Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University have student elections, then why must we not have it in Jamia? We have already suffered a lot in the absence of any medium to raise our voice. We are not going to end our strike until our demands are met,” added another student.STUDENTS’ PROTESTGroup of 10 students has been on strike at the university premises since October 25. Jamia has not held student union elections since 2006. The matter is sub-juice before the Delhi HC. VC met the students on Tuesday and urged them to end their strike.

Madhya Pradesh: ABVP, NSUI claim victory in first student union polls since 2011-12

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RSS-affiliated ABVP and the Congress-backed NSUI have claimed victory in the student union elections held today in government colleges across the BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh, after a gap of nearly six years.The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) also claimed its maiden win in the elections.The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) alleged that its candidates and supporters were beaten up at several places and that the poll was “rigged” in favour of the ABVP.However, the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) said the polls were conducted in a peaceful manner.”ABVP has registered victories in colleges in all districts. Parishad won in 90 per cent places (colleges) in these elections,” ABVP organisation secretary, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Prafull Akaant, said.He said the ABVP registered victories at several colleges including in Jhabua, Khandwa, Barwani, Indore, and in Barkatullah University in Bhopal.In Madhya Pradesh, direct elections were discontinued on campus after clashes took place among student groups. The elections resumed in 2005, but on the basis of merit only. The last student elections were held in colleges in 2011-12.”Holding student union elections peacefully is a reply to the people who were expressing apprehension of violence in these polls,” the ABVP leader said.NSUI’s state president Vipin Wankhede said they have won in “60 per cent” of the colleges.”Candidates of NSUI registered victory in 60 per cent colleges of the state including those in Dewas, Singrauli, Harda and several other districts,” he said.Wankhede alleged that NSUI candidates and supporters were beaten up by activists of ABVP at some places.He alleged that NSUI members have emerged victorious in elections at the Barkatullah University in Bhopal, “but the administration declared results in favour of the ABVP”.CYSS convener Nishant Gangwani said his organisation registered victory at 86 posts of Class Representative (CR) and four posts of (college) presidents among others.”We won the elections in Katni district, the home turf of state Cabinet minister Sanjay Pathak, and at Churhat Assembly constituency of the Opposition Leader Ajay Singh,” Gangwani claimed.The process to conduct the elections started from October 23 and the results were announced today.In these polls, the students elect CR of each class.These CRs then contest for student council of their respective colleges. The council comprises president, vice-president, secretary and joint secretary who are directly elected by students. These representatives of students then elect the university councils.

University of Mumbai says all results out but diploma students still wait

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the University of Mumbai announced that it has declared the results of all the courses under it a few days ago, hundreds of students enrolled under the various diploma courses in law are still awaiting their results.The university is yet to declare results of several postgraduate diploma courses in Law including Diploma in Labour law, Diploma in Taxation Law, Diploma in Cyber Law and several such short term diploma programmes over six months after it conducted the exams for these courses.Over the last few days, students who have taken up these courses are running from pillar to post only to be told that their results would be declared ‘soon’. Gurunath Satale, a student of Diploma in Labor law said that the delay in declaring the results has left thousands of students like him in lurch. “Most of these diploma courses are of advanced level and students who take them up are often working in government jobs looking to benefit in their careers and promotions with these diplomas. We have written our final exams in the month of April and have been waiting for our results for over 6 months now. Even as the university claims to have declared all results all the students pursuing various diplomas under law are still awaiting results,” said Satale.Another student who has taken up taxation law said: “The university is just playing with our lives by being indifferent to the delay. Even colleges are not willing to take responsibility for the mess and are asking students to approach the university.”Dr Arjun Ghatule, Director, Examinations and Evaluation did not respond to queries despite calls and messages. Students under various courses who were allotted zero marks due to a technical error are still awaiting their results. Several such students are now planning to protest at the varsity’s Kalina campus on Tuesday. “A lot of students who have got zero marks due to a technical error in the system are still awaiting their results months after the error was brought to the notice of the university. We are going to stage a huge protest with these and several other students whose results are still held in reserve,” said Abhishek Bhatt, a law student.

JNU exhibit hooks school students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of students from schools across the Capital participated in the second Open Day — ‘Jan Jan JNU’ — conducted by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Friday.The university set up several stalls and galleries which exhibited various research material carried by its students. The aim was to give school students a first-hand experience of things like the inner cells of the human body, technological advances in designing drugs, linguistics, and other social sciences.Addressing the gathering of students, JNU Chancellor VK Saraswat urged school students to adopt a cycle of learning and unlearning to keep pace with the changes that technology brings. “Education is in the third version of changes where connecting dots is more important than collecting the dots,” he said.School students and teachers, who had accompanied them, lauded the initiative of the University. “We have learned several aspects of science like nanotechnology and the new developments in medical science. We have also come to know about the importance of learning sign language if we actually want to have an inclusive society,” said Shikha Verma, a class IX student at Delhi Public School, RK Puram.For the first time, JNU also displayed the achievements and activities of its affiliated defense institutions to the students. “It was so thrilling to know about the life at the army and the way they make use of technology and research,” said Vanshika Singh, another student.

Now show m-Aadhaar to enter airport; no id proof required for minors accompanied by parents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Mobile Aadhaar can be used as an identity proof to enter airports, while identification documents will not be required for minors accompanied by parents, according to a circular issued by aviation security agency BCAS.Passengers entering an airport premises need to produce any one of the ten identity proofs listed by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) in its latest communication, which include passport, voter ID card, Aadhaar or m-Aadhaar, PAN card and driving licence. “In order to ensure that a bonafide passenger is travelling on a valid ticket issued in his/her name as well as to avoid any controversy/argument with the security staff, any of the following photo identity documents shall be carried in original,” according to the BCAS circular issued on October 26.A passbook issued by a nationalised bank, pension card, disability photo identification and service photo ID card of central/state government, PSU, local bodies and private limited company will also be acceptable. Differently-abled persons will have to produce a disability photo ID or a medical certificate. Students also have the option to furnish a photo identity card issued by a government institute. The order, however, exempts a minor accompanied by a parent or a guardian from producing an identity proof.”There shall not be any requirement of identity proof in respect of infant/minor accompanied by their parents/guardian who is a bonafide passenger having a valid identity proof,” the order adds. If a passenger is not able to furnish one of the ten documents, then there is also an option to provide an identity certificate issued by a group A gazetted officer of central/ state government. For international passenger the requirement of producing a passport and an air ticket will continue. P

JNU issues showcause notice to 15 students for ‘campus activism’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) authorities issued showcause notices to 15 students for allegedly indulging in “campus activism”. The students were framed under Category I and Category II of the University’s Statute under which the punishments range from “rustication for four semesters” to “expulsion,” if found guilty.The showcause notices issued to some students already held them “guilty” of holding protest outside the administration building and Rector-1 office on February 27 and February 28, 2017, respectively. Some of them have been charged of using “derogatory” language and “locking” Room number 225 of the administration building from outside during a meeting between students and the Vice Chancellor on February 28, 2017.“This is the act of indiscipline and misconduct. You are hereby asked to explain why disciplinary action should not be initiated against you for indulging in the above mentioned act,” the notice read. The students have been asked to be present before the Chief Proctor’s office latest by October 25 at 5 pm.Meanwhile, the students termed it as “violation” of procedures which need to be followed to ensure “free and fair inquiries”.“There is no evidence and neither have they produced the CCTV footage, even after asking repeatedly, of the area outside room 225 which can show clearly that a false narrative of the incident has been put forth by the administration,” said one of the students.

New FTII Chairman Anupam Kher makes surprise visit to campus, interacts with students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While taking charge as the chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), veteran actor Anupam Kher did what he knows the best. The video recorded his impromptu entry to FTII campus and left everyone present at the campus, including ‘agitating’ students spellbound.Anupam Kher travelled in a car to FTII and on his way to the campus of the premier institute located on Law College road, he was live streaming on social networking site and kept people guessing about his destination. He did not even kept the FTII administration in the loop for his first visit after his appointment as a chairman.Speaking about keeping his visit secrete, the actor said, “I wanted to walk into this institute like a student just like how I had entered here39 years ago. I did not want to carry the burden of what I have achieved. I learnt acting in NSD (National School of Drama) and I learnt how to face camera in this institute.”Kher also told that he car broke down midway and he had to reach the institute in a taxi. After getting down at the entry gate of the institute, Kher directly walked under the ‘wisdom tree’ where a group of students were beating the drums in agitation against the administration over their standoff with the administration.When asked about the his first ‘encounter’ with the agitating students, Kher said, “This the best possible reception I could have got where students where beating drums on my arrival. Beating the drums to welcome somebody is there in our tradition.”After meeting the administration, Kher also took a brief lecture of students from acting department. Following the lecture, the newly appointed chairman held a meeting with the students including the representatives of FTII students association (FSA) to discuss their issues. Kher later also had a lunch with the students at the FTII students mess.Looking at his first visit as a positive start of his inning with FTII as a chairman, he said, “I want to start my term on an optimistic note. I held informal meeting with students where healthy discussion took place.”When asked about the issues of the students raised during the meeting, he said,, “There are issues every where. Students leave their families and come here to learn something. If they are facing some issues, those issues should be addressed properly.”When Kher was appointed as the chairman, within few hours of the announcement, the students body of FTII had raised issues of conflict of interest with Kher’s appointment as he runs a private acting institute. On his visit to FTII on Monday, when he was asked about the issue he said, “I have been running the institute for last 14 years with a commitment. I am sure that the experience of running the institute will surely help here in my tenure as a chairman.”Kher will be conducting master class of the students on day two of his at the institute on Tuesday.

Time Magazine names ‘Free Speech leader’ Gurmehar Kaur as next generation leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gurmehar Kaur, who rose to fame, after two videos of her – first a criticism of war and the second a criticism of the violence at Rajhans College in Delhi – has now been listed in the 2017 list of Time Next Generation Leaders.She is placed in an impressive list with the likes of Star Wars actor John Boyega, YouTube sensation Lilly Singh, and South African Comedian Trevor Noah.Kaur, a student of Delhi University’s Lady Shri Ram College, had taken on the ABVP on Facebook and Twitter. She posted a picture of herself holding up a placard that read, “I am a student from Delhi University. I am not afraid of ABVP. I am not alone. Every student of India is with me. #StudentsAgainstABVP.”This video resulted in a number of people digging up a previous video of Kaur in which she criticised the concept of war. In the video, titled soldier of peace, Kaur, holding placards, said, “My mother made me understand that Pakistanis did not kill my dad. War killed him. Today I’m a soldier too, just like my dad. I fight for peace between India and Pakistan. Because if there was no war between us, my father would still be here today.”Following both posts, Kaur received death threats and rape threats from certain trolls on Twitter, and was even criticised by celebrities such as former cricketer Virender Sehwag and actor Randeep Hooda.

How JNU’s ‘Guerilla Dhaba’ helped students recapture the night

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Called the ‘Guerilla Dhaba’, it is owned by nobody, run by volunteering students, and was set up by them as a mark of protest against the administration’s decision to shut down canteens on campus at 11 pm over “security reasons”.The move, enforced by the Campus Development Committee in June this year, had attracted opposition from a large section of students who considered it a threat to varsity’s night culture.The then JNU Students Union, headed by Mohit Kumar Pandey, had organised a ‘Tea Protest’ against the decision.Now, the one-week-old pop-up establishment — with no roof, no seating, and a footpath for a home — has brought back a measure of vibrancy and also hope for women students who would feel insecure walking down the deserted roads on campus at night.”Women were not feeling safe on campus. Some women were stalked on deserted roads. Ever since the dhaba was started, there are always 30 to 40 students near the T-point, making the campus more lively and safe,” said one of the dhaba’s co- ordinators, Swati Simha.According to her, the recent dissolution of the varsity’s sexual harassment watchdog — GSCASH — was another trigger to start the dhaba.Scores of students have now found an avenue for late night discussions over cups of tea priced at Rs 5 and are also volunteering to run the establishment located near the library on a rotational basis.Reina Gattuso, another coordinator and an MA student at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, said, “Ever since the new VC took over, there has been major pressure from the administration to curtail democratic culture on campus.There is a threat to student politics, freedom of mobility and socialising. We wanted to counter all the attempts through this facility.”Setting up the dhaba is one of the various forms of protests that the students have resorted to in protest against the administration’s decisions.Last month, the JNUSU had given a mandate to the election committee of the disbanded the Gender Sensitisation Committee Against Sexual Harassment (GSCASH) to conduct elections, despite resistance from the administration.

What he said in last 3 years can’t be ignored: FTII students’ body decry Anupam Kher’s appointment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Within few hours of the announcement of actor Anupam Kher’s appointment as the chairman of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), students’ body of the FTII has questioned the decision of the ministry. The students’ body claimed that Kher runs a private acting institute and with his appointment at the government institute, the issue of conflict of interest will arise. Though the authorities at FTII claimed that they have not yet got the notification of Kher’s appointment as the chairman, the veteran actor tweeted about his appointment stating, ‘I feel deeply humbled and honoured to be appointed as the chairman of iconic FTII. I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities.’Soon after the news about Kher’s appointment broke, the students’ body of the FTII questioned his appointment. Robin Joy, president of FTII students’ association told DNA, “Kher is already running a private acting institute and still government has decided to appoint him as the chairman of a government institute. His appointment (as chairman) will surely raise the issue of conflict of interest.”This is not the first time that the students’ body has raised question marks over the central government’s decision over appointment of the chairman. In the year 2015, students of FTII had observed 140 days long strike to oppose the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the institute. While opposing Chauhan, the students’ body had claimed that he did not have the credentials to be the chairman of the iconic institute.Now after Kher’s appointment as the chairman, the students’ body has stated that though Kher has the credentials, his proximity to the ruling party will not serve any good to the institute. Rohit Kumar, general secretary of the association said, “There is no doubt that Kher possesses the required credentials. But at the same time the statements that he has made over the last three years also can’t be ignored. Taking a pro-government stand, Kher has made some statements against students over issues like JNU, intolerance.”The students’ body will be holding a meeting on Wednesday night to decide future course of action. “We have not yet decided the future course of action. We have called a general body meeting of the association on Wednesday night in which we will take further decision,” Robin said.

FYJC aspirants get one last shot at admissions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Providing a final opportunity for students who were left out in the earlier FYJC admission rounds, the state education department has announced admissions to such students on ‘first come, first serve (FCFS)’ basis from October 9 to 11.As per a notification issued by the Deputy Directorate of Education, students who have been left out of the process due to any reasons can apply for admissions to colleges against vacancies on the FCFS basis. Students who had earlier registered in the online process but did not manage to get any allotment and students who wish to change their stream can also apply afresh during these three days.BB Chavan, Deputy Director of Education for the Mumbai region said that around 50,000 seats are vacant after all the rounds against which students can apply.”Students will get admissions only against vacancies on the FCFS basis. Those who want to change their streams would also have to apply afresh only against vacancies even if they wish to retain their college,” added Chavan. This year, the education department conducted eight rounds for admissions including two FCFS rounds after which close to 1,000 students were without a seat.

Board exam for class X in CBSE schools to return: Prakash Javadekar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Board examination for class X in CBSE schools will be reintroduced as part of the ongoing reforms in the education system, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today said.At present, it is optional for CBSE students to choose either the board exam or a school-based examination.It has also been decided to conduct examinations in classes V and VIII and students who would fail in the end-term examinations would be detained in these classes, Javadekar told reporters here.However, the students would be given an opportunity to improve and appear for another examination before being detained, the Union Minister said.Under the existing arrangement students up to Class VIII are promoted to the next class irrespective of their performance.The minister said 25 states have approved the central government’s move in this regard.

Bihar: Private schoolteacher arrested for indulging in ‘unnatural sex’ with students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A private school teacher in Supaul area of Bihar was arrested on Thursday for allegedly indulging in ‘unnatural sex’ with students inside the school premises, news agency ANI reported.The incident comes to light hours after a six-year-old student was found raped in the toilet of a south Delhi school.Both incidents highlight the issue of students’ safety to the fore.On September 8, seven-year-old Pradyuman was found dead inside the toilet of the Ryan International School, Gurugram, with his throat slit.Following the incident, school’s bus conductor was arrested, but the case took a complicated turn after family of the accused claimed that he was being wrongly framed and that the school authorities were trying to mislead.

AISA to ABVP, all student bodies stand with BHU girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demanding action against the recent brutal attack on protesting students at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), scores of students cutting across political ideologies staged multiple protests in the national Capital on Monday.While members of RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Congress-backed National Students Union of India (NSUI) protested outside the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Left-backed student groups demonstrated at Jantar Mantar.The ABVP condemned the police action against BHU students and demanded a fact-finding committee to probe in to the matter. “It is high time that HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar acts on the issue and ensures justice for BHU girls. We demand constitution of an inquiry committee and strict action against the administration,” ABVP’s National Media Convener Saket Bahuguna said.Nearly 150 ABVP members participated in the protest and submitted a memorandum to Javadekar. “BHU must immediately reopen its women hostels and address all issues of women students,”ABVP member and former DU President Amit Tanwar said.Slamming other student groups for calling ABVP’s protest “symbolic” because BJP is leading the government in Uttar Pradesh, he said, “ABVP works for the student community and not for any political party, and we are proud of it. We may support a party on national issues but we also have enough guts to fight for genuine student issues.”The move is being seen as a change in ABVP’s politics after a string of defeats in student elections, including at the Delhi University (DU), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Guwahati University, and Punjab University.At the same time, NSUI demanded an inquiry under a sitting High Court judge and resignation of the BHU Vice-Chancellor. Nearly 50 members of the student group took out a protest march from the Raisina Road to MHRD, even as they were stopped by the Delhi Police near Shastri Bhawan.”While police put up barricades to stop NSUI members from reaching the HRD Ministry despite us having the permission, ABVP members were allowed to protest there. Police also detained some of our members,”NSUI National Media Incharge Neeraj Mishra said.

BHU crackdown: NSUI and ABVP stage protests against baton-charge on students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Students Union of India (NSUI) and the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged demonstrations on Monday against the baton-charge on students in Banaras Hindu University (BHU).The RSS-affiliated ABVP condemned the police action against the students and demanded constitution of a fact- finding committee, while the Congress-backed NSUI demanded an inquiry under a sitting high court judge and resignation of the BHU vice-chancellor.The two student organisations had separately announced their plans to stage demonstrations outside the office of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). However, the NSUI claimed that it supporters were detained much ahead of the venue, while ABVP activists were allowed to reach the site.The Congress-affiliated student body accused Delhi Police of favouring the ABVP.”Despite having all permissions, we were detained without citing any reason. This shows how Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to use the police for curbing and stopping protests against him and his government,” NSUI media in-charge Neeraj Mishra.Mishra also criticised the ABVP and said its protest was “always about symbolism”.ABVP national media convener Saket Bahuguna said on Twitter, “Those wondering why a protest at MHRD, should remember @ABVPVoice works for student community, not for any political party and we are proud of it.”When contacted, a senior Delhi Police officer said permission was not granted for any protest near the ministry and that both groups were detained.A number of students, including women, and two journalists were injured in a lathicharge by the police in BHU where a protest on Saturday night against an alleged eve- teasing incident turned violent.The violence erupted after some students, protesting against the incident on Thursday, wanted to meet the varsity’s vice-chancellor at his residence.Security guards of the university stopped the students and informed the police, according to university sources.A BHU spokesperson had said that some students wanted to “forcibly” enter the VC’s residence but they were stopped by the BHU security guards.Subsequently, there was stone pelting by “outsiders” who had joined the students, he said.The police baton charged the students in a bid to disperse them.

India inquiry after police beat protesting female students

Outrage grew after footage of the incident from one of India’s leading universities went viral.

Sharad Yadav slams UP police for lathicharge against BHU girl students

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav on Sunday denounced the alleged police action against Banaras Hindu University students protesting the increasing incidents of eve-teasing on the campus, and said the issue will be raised in Parliament.A group of students had staged a sit-in at the main gate of the university after a woman student of the Arts Faculty was allegedly harassed by three motorcycle-borne men on the campus.The protesting students were reportedly baton-charged by the police last night.”It has never happened before at BHU. It is sheer violation of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by the Constitution,” Yadav said in a statement.”We will raise the issue in Parliament… It is intolerable in a democracy and the government should apologise,” he said, adding people will take to the streets to protest it.BHU students have alleged they have to face eve-teasers on the campus regularly and the varsity administration was not taking any action to stop the miscreants.BHU, however, said the protest by the students was “politically motivated” to malign the image of the university.

In PM Modi’s Varanasi, BHU girls begin indefinite hunger strike, tonsure head to protest molestation on campus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At a time when the government is raising awareness with its ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ campaign, the girls of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency are feeling unsafe.The girl students of Banaras Hindu University, one of India’s premier educational institute, are on warpath against molestation incidents on the campus.The students, who have been protesting against Thursday’s incident of eve-teasing, began their indefinite hinger strike on Saturday.The anger among the students is very evident. Akansha Singh, a student of Arts Faculty, tonsured her head in protest.She alleged that three boys molested a girl of the Bachelor of Fine Arts near Kala Bhawan on BHU campus on Thursday night. The victim cried for help and but guards posted just 20 metres away refused to come to her rescue.The victim lodged a complaint with the hostel warden and Chief Proctor also but they refused to initiate any action in view of the Prime Minister’s two-day visit to Varanasi.“You all keep quite till the Prime Minister’s visit was over,” was the terse reply of the Chief Proctor ON Singh on Friday, the girls said.“Girl Students in BHU face molestation and physical assault but instead of taking action against erring male students we are being asked to shut our mouth up,” a visibly angry Akansha said.Several attempts by the police, district and BHU administration failed to resolve the issue.“We won’t end our hunger strike till Vice-Chancellor Dr GC Tripathi comes and meet us and give us security assurance,” Rashmi, another BFA student, said.Meanhile, bowing to increaisng pressure form girl students, Chief Proctor Singh said, “V-C holds a dignified office and girl students may come to his office to meet him.”BFA students allege that male students come to their hostels and make lewd remarks. They say that “when we protest and complain, they threaten to rape us.”“We had lodged several complaints in this regard in the past but instead of taking action we are advised not to leave hostels after 6 pm. What kind of freedom do we have in the BHU,” Pallavi, another BFA student, asked.

Ahead of PM Modi’s Varanasi visit, BHU girl students block road to protest against molestation incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A few hours before the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to his parliamentary constituency Varanasi, girl students of the Benares Hindu University (BHU) held a massive protest against an incident of eve-teasing blocking PM’s route.To vent her grouse against molestation of few girls within BHU campus on Thursday evening, a girl student Akansha Singh of the Arts Faculty tonsured her head and sat on a dharna along with other girls at the BHU main gate since morning.Akansha alleged that three boys molested a girl of BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) near Kala Bhawan within BHU campus on Thursday night. The victim cried for help and but guards posted just 20 metres away refused to come to her rescue.The victim lodged a complaint with the Warden of her hostel and Chief Proctor also but they refused to intitiate any action in view of the Prime Minister two-day visit to Varanasi.“You all keep quite till the Prime Minister’s visit was over,” was the terse reply of the Chief Proctor. “Girl Students in BHU face molestation and physical assault but instead of taking action against erring male students we are being asked to shut our mouth up,” rued Akansha, who tonsured her head in protest against the incident.Significantly, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy has to go through the BHU main gate where the girl students are staging dharna. A meeting between protesting students, district administration and proctorial board has failed. “We refuse to lift dharna till molesters are arrested and booked,” said Rashmi, another BFA student.BFA students alleged that male students come to their hostels,make obscene gestures and comments. When we protest and complain, they threaten to rape us, alleged students.“We had lodged several complaints in this regard in the past but instead of taking action we are advised not to leave hostels after 6 pm. What kind of freedom do we have in BHU?”, questioned Pallavi, another BFA student.Meanwhile, the Chief Proctor ON Singh held talks with protesting BFA students and assured them of taking action against molesters.

WATCH: Students play with drunk UP teacher’s hair in Kanpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If the news about minors getting harassed in school wasn’t bad enough, a video has appeared of a teacher in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, coming to work in an inebriated state.The video, which was shared by news agency ANI, shows the head teacher, slurring in class while students stand behind him to take a picture. Fortunately, the teacher appears to be in a good mood and the students are even seen playfully ruffling his head.While the students and their parents can consider themselves fortunate that the teacher didn’t do anything inappropriate, it won’t be a surprise if the Uttar Pradesh government takes action against him.

Highway to heaven: Kolkata welcomes Mother Durga with gorgeous 1-km long outdoor floor art

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>People across West Bengal observed today the auspicious occasion of Mahalaya, which heralds in Durga Puja. Mahalaya amavasya, which marks the end of ‘pitripaksha’ and beginning of ‘devipaksha’ is considered highly auspicious day for paying obeisance to one’s ancestors.The day began with the airing of the eight decade-old ‘Mahisasura Mardini’ programme over radio at the break of dawn. Later lakhs of people congregated at the banks of the Ganga and other rivers for ‘Tarpan’, which is paying obeisance to their forefathers.And Kolkata woke up to the most gorgeous piece of street art which was touted as India’s longest alpana (a Bengali form of floor art). Students worked on the gorgeous 1 KM long floor art at Lake Road near Rash Behari Avenue.The alpana was made by Samaj Sebi Sangha, a popular community puja organiser and fashion retail brand Pantaloons – showing that capitalism has learnt to embrace tradition. While organisers have made huge alpanas in the past, this 1km floor art must be the longest one made yet.Celebrities stepped in to give a hand and Prosenjit, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty and even thespian Chandan Sen came out. The work on the aplana had started several days ago. Even the rain is unlikely to dampen enthusiasm as the aplana has been made with paint.

Ousted scholar says Jamia punished her for activism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has cancelled the admission of a second-year research scholar for allegedly indulging in “campus activism”, without given her “a prior notice about the move”.According to an order issued by the university on Tuesday, the admission of Dhrupadi Ghosh, who was pursuing PhD in Sociology, was being cancelled. “In the light of the office order dated September 7, 2017, issued by the Registrar, JMI, the admission of Dhrupadi Ghosh is being cancelled from PhD in Sociology,” it read.The order was marked to four people, including the Head of the Department of Sociology, and Ghosh’s supervisor. The student, however, got to know about it only on Friday. “I came to know about it on Friday. This is a direct attack on me for raising my voice against various issues and fighting for democracy on the campus,” she said.Ghosh is a member of student group Dayar-I-Shauq Students’ Charter (DISSC), which recently came in the spotlight for organising a cultural evening at the university’s central canteen in August last week, to which the administration had objected. The event was “abruptly” called off and the participating students were allegedly manhandled by the proctorial office staff. Ghosh, along with some other students, had also held a protest at the campus over the issue.”The democratic space at Jamia is shrinking day after day, with the administration trying to mute the voices of those who dissent. I have been singled out for raising my voice against various issues,” Ghosh said.The university authority, however, denied the charges and termed it an “academic” decision rather than an “administrative” issue. “Ghosh’s PhD admission does not comply with the university guidelines. She did her masters’ in fine arts, which is not allied with Sociology in Jamia,” a senior varsity official said.”Why would the university single out a student? She was not the only one who particpated in several campus protests,” the official added.

Ramjas College row: No need to escalate the controversy; it wasn’t for an uprising, says Delhi court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sloganeering by students at a city college in February this year was not for an “uprising”, a Delhi court said today while asking a lawyer not to escalate the controversy surrounding a clash between student groups.”Let us not escalate the ‘vivaad’ (controversy). It was not for any uprising,” Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra said after advocate Vivek Garg argued that the police was delaying the probe despite its report confirming the presence of a large number of students who, he alleged, were raising anti-national slogans.The court also said it would have to see whether the incident related to freedom of expression.The court was hearing Garg’s plea seeking a separate FIR into the alleged anti-national slogan-shouting by members of the All India Students’ Association (AISA) and the Students Federation of India (SFI) at the Ramjas College in Delhi Unversity on February 21 this year.Commencing his arguments on sedition, the lawyer today claimed in the court that the offence was made out as hundreds of participants came under the leadership of teachers and shouted slogans “Kashmir maange azaadi, Bastar maange azaadi”.
ALSO READ Ramjas College clashes: Court dismisses police’s transfer pleaThe court, however, said “we have to see if this was a protest for freedom of expression. We need to consider what was the direct consequence leading to this situation. You are over-simplifying the argument.”It also rejected the argument of the lawyer that it was a lapse on the part of the police and it was not investigating the matter.”We cannot say that delay by police was unnecessary as investigation in such cases takes time,” the court said.Garg claimed that the students raised slogans not against any government but the nation.”It threatens the sovereignty and integrity of the country. After the incident, terrorist groups got motivated and it led to unrest in Kashmir,” the lawyer argued.When he asked the investigating officer whether the slogans were raised or not, the court cautioned him that “this is not cross-examination.””It was an alleged incident. Why do you (Garg) need confirmation of the incident from the investigating officer.This is not cross-examination,” the magistrate said.Garg then referred to the action taken report of the police and said 100 students of the SFI, with several from JNU and various colleges including Ramjas, raised slogans after the cancellation of the literary festival.The court posted the matter for further arguments on October 7.On the last date of hearing, the court had warned Garg against mixing this incident with the JNU case in which sedition charge were slapped against some students.The JNU incident of February 2016 had hogged the limelight after the arrest of its student leaders, including then JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar, while the Ramjas college case involved the raising of slogans and a clash between the students owing allegiance to the ABVP and Left organisations AISA and SFI.On February 21, members of RSS student wing ABVP had gathered outside the college and shouted slogans in protest against a seminar for which JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited. The ABVP members allegedly pelted stones, vandalised the venue and disrupted the seminar.The next day violent clashes had erupted between the Left and the ABVP students leaving several of them and three teachers injured.The court’s remarks today were aimed at advocate Vivek Garg, who had raised the Ramjas college incident and sought a direction to the police to supply him a copy of the charge sheet filed in the JNU matterThe court had on August 29 observed that sedition charges cannot be pressed on the basis of an unauthenticated and unreliable video, after it was shown a footage of alleged “anti-national” sloganeering held on February 21 this year at the Ramjas College here.The magistrate had said that the authenticity of the video was to be ascertained by the police.The plea, which sought registration of an FIR for alleged offences of sedition, criminal conspiracy, waging war against the State and defamation under the IPC, also demanded action against Delhi Police officials for not lodging the complaint.The police had on August 3 submitted an action taken report in the matter and said it was examining students and teachers to identify the culprits involved in the Ramjas College clashes that broke out between the ABVP and Left- affiliated student bodies.In the report, the police had said they had lodged an FIR at the Maurice Nagar police station on February 22 for the alleged offences or rioting and obstruction, causing hurt and assault to deter public servant from discharging duty However, the complaint had alleged that “anti-national slogans/activities were being carried out by leaders/students of AISA/SFI in Ramjas College, shamelessly and openly which supported India’s enemy Pakistan. The criminal acts of accused were also boosting the morale of terrorists against our country.”

DUSU polls: Rahul Gandhi’s Berkeley speech won hearts of students, says Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today hailed the victory of its student wing NSUI in the DUSU polls, saying it is a reflection of the changing atmosphere in the country as the youth have taught the saffron brigade a lesson after being “misled”.A festive atmosphere prevailed at the party headquarters which was abuzz with activity after NSUI members swarmed the office and burst crackers and danced outside Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s residence. The NSUI leaders also met Gandhi, who congratulated them on the victory. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, who is on a tour to the US, said on Twitter, “Congratulations NSUI on a stellar performance and presidential win in DUSU! Thank students of DU for reposing faith in Congress ideology”.Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari accused the RSS- affiliated ABVP of indulging in malpractices in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election and said the party’s student body has all its options open if the DU authorities “do not mend their ways”. The National Students Union of India (NSUI), which won the posts of president and vice president of DUSU, has also accused varsity authorities of malpractices due to which the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) won two of the posts.
ALSO READ DUSU Election Results 2017: NSUI wins President and VP post, will go to court for 3rd seatCongress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s speech at the University of California, Berkeley, won the hearts of the student community, leading to the victory of NSUI candidates in Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU), Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken said today. “The victory of NSUI candidates shows that the student community has whole-heartedly accepted the speech given by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi at the university in Berkeley in the US on September 12,” Maken said.At the University of California, Berkeley, Gandhi, 47, spoke about his reflections on contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy. It also showed that the students have “rejected” the speech given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Swami Vivekananda on September 11, he claimed. “The youth, who helped Modi record a thumping victory in the Lok Sabha elections, have become disillusioned with him,” Maken said in a press conference held after the victory of NSUI candidates.Maken also alleged that an effort was made by the BJP and its government at the Centre to “influence” the DUSU polls. “For the first time in the history, the DUSU elections were held on a week day, 12th September, instead of on weekend, like Friday or Saturday, in a bid to make the students listen to Modi’s speech on September 11, and influence the student community,” he charged. Maken also said that legal recourse may be taken in NSUI candidate Avinash Yadav’s defeat on the joint secretary post.Delhi University authorities had earlier rejected the nomination papers of the NSUI presidential candidate Rocky Tusheed who contested after the intervention of the Delhi High Court and won today with a big margin. “This is not the only instance (where NSUI won in student elections). The atmosphere in the country is changing. Those who misled the youth, The youth are today teaching them a lesson. The NSUI won the Panjab University election and prior to that in Rajasthan University the NSUI sounded the victory bugle. It is a reflection of the changed atmosphere in the country,” Tewari said.In the past there has never been an incident where nominations have been cancelled in students’ polls and one has to move the court to get them restored. This is the manifestation of subversion of varsities by the BJP-led NDA government, he claimed.AAP wins President’s post in two colleges: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today said that its student wing — the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS) — has won 25 student union posts in several Delhi University colleges, including bagging the president’s post in two institutes. The CYSS fielded its candidates in 28 colleges and won 25 seats. It did not participate in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) polls for the second consecutive year.Trisha Beniwal of Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences and Akhilesh Yadav of Kirori Mal College won the president’s post in their respective college. Its candidates bagged the vice-president’s post in four colleges, the party said. The CYSS bagged the post of secretaries and joint secretaries in nine and four institutes, respectively.

DUSU Election Results 2017: Congress’ NSUI wins 2 out of 4 seats including that of President

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress student wing National Students Union of India (NSUI) has won the posts of President and Vice-President. BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has won the post of Secretary. Re-counting is on for the post of joint secretary. According to PTI, ABVP has won the jt-secy post. Last year, ABVP had won the post of president, vice president, and secretary. NSUI candidate was elected to the post of joint secretary.Rocky Tuseed of NSUI winning the post of president is being seen as a major setback for ABVP as it was hopeful of retaining this position. NSUI has won the post of president after four years. Students’ outfits had contested for a total of four positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary and Joint Secretary. A total of 43% voter turnout was recorded. Here are the total number of candidates who were in the fray: 24 Presidential candidates; 10 Vice-Presidential candidates; 5 Secretary candidates; 5 Joint Secretary candidates.NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed won the president’s post by a margin of 1,590 votes, while the party’s Kunal Sehrawat defeated the ABVP candidate by 175 votes. ABVP’s Mahamedha Nagar defeated NSUI’s Minakshi Meena by 2,624 votes to win the post of secretaryLive updates: 3:35 PMCongress VP Rahul Gandhi congratulates NSUI for winning in DU. 3:00 PM2:00PM 1:18 PMClose contest in Delhi University Students’ Union. ABVP is leading on Vice President and Secretary posts; NSUI is ahead on President and Joint Secretary posts.1:02 PMThe main contestants for the DUSU presidential post are ABVP’s Rajat Choudhary, NSUI’s Rocky Tusheed, AISA’s Parul Chauha, independent candidates Raja Choudury and Alka.Earlier, the Delhi High Court gave a go-ahead to the Delhi University to declare the results on Tuesday for the post of President in the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) election. The court’s order came on a plea by the University seeking modification of its September 8 interim order by which it had allowed National Students Union of India (NSUI) presidential candidate Rocky Tuseed to contest the election but directed the varsity not to declare the results for the post of the President. ABVP candidates: President candidate – Rajjat Chaudhary, VP – Parth Rana, Secretary – Mahamedhaa Nagar, Jt. Sec. – Uma Shankar. NSUI candidates: President – Rocky Tuseed, Vice President – Kunal Sehrawat, Secretary – Minakshi Meena, Jt. Sec. – Avinash Yadav. AISA candidates: President – Parul Chauhan, Vice President – Aditya , Secretary – Jaishree , Jt. Sec. – Akash Gupta

Principals speak about challenges students face

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Counselling can protect them from cyber-bullying: Dr DK Sinha, Principal of Jagran Public SchoolWhat do you do to connect with your students?My way of establishing a rapport with children is through the activities they participate in. In regular academics, I do not find much space to reach out to all individuals, but during assemblies, co-curricular activities and some major events, I do take out enough time to know them. I have a conviction that each educator should encourage children to learn from their mistakes and thus they should even celebrate their mistakes.How do you deal with students facing peer and study pressure? Also, how can it be tackled via recreational activities?Peer pressure and study pressure have their roots in the assessment system. Here, I am a bit critical about the present education system wherein a lot emphasis is still on marking or grading. I would propose the concept of profiling each student – it would enable us to understand each child along with his/her strengths and weaknesses. Peer pressure can be dealt with through well-defined sensitisation programmes which an institution can incorporate in its calendar. It may be a few activities that are monthly based, on any theme, which should relate to the problems of children; case study presentations in the assembly taken up by students themselves and also though the participation of children in more and more co-curricular activities.What can be done to educate students about cyber-bullying and cyber-crimes in a bid to protect them from things like the Blue Whale challenge?I would propose that in matters like cyber crimes and cyber bullying, children should be made aware through regular counselling and talk shows. The all-pervasive nature of this threat has made it dangerous and fatal. A close watch and monitoring of each student in and outside the classroom is the need of the hour. Taking some proactive measures will cut down the risk it involves. My duty is to protect them from tech pressures: AK Gautam, Principal of Kendriya VidyalayaHow do you connect with your students?I never want kids to see my office as the place they come to where they get in trouble but as a place where they can talk and grow. My goal as a principal is to ensure that I talk to kids and get to know them so that if they ever do end up in my office, I always try to establish a relationship with them. How do you deal with the students going through peer pressure and study pressure? Also, how can it be tackled through recreational activities?Coping with peer pressure is one of the toughest parts of growing up. Those pressures are most intense during a child’s middle and high school years. Being accepted by their peers is of paramount concern for students during these years as they strive to look, talk, and act like their classmates. In their desire to gain peer approval, teenagers typically feel pressure to engage in the same activities as their peers. Sometimes, they will succumb to that pressure against their better judgement. Children with low self-esteem are particularly vulnerable to peer pressure, and might lose their perspective about right and wrong. On the other hand, children with nurturing parents are more likely to resist peer-group values that differ from their family’s values.What can be done to educate students about cyber-bullying and cyber-crimes in a bid to protect them from things like the Blue Whale challenge?Cyber-bullying is increasing day by day as children are exposed to networking and social sites. Being a principal, my duty to protect my students from various negative technological pressures. So from time to time, we organise workshops such as a Cyber Ethics School and Community Programmes to make students aware. Regarding the Blue Whale challenge, I came to know that Blue Whale is not a downloadable game, application or software.

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