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NCB raids varsity campuses, arrests 4 students

In a major crackdown ahead of the New Year bash, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raided several university campuses and arrested four students of the Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), and Amity University for their alleged involvement in a narcotics supplying syndicate. The Bureau also seized 1.14 kg of charas (cannabis) and three lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) blot papers, which were to be supplied at party venues across the Capital.The arrests and seizures were made by the Delhi zonal unit of the NCB, which has booked the four students under the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. Of the arrested men, two are students of the Hindu College while one each is from the JNU and Amity.Senior NCB officers said arrestee Gaurav, a BA Economic (H) student of Hindu College, has been identified as the kingpin of the racket. “Initial probe has revealed that the drugs were being transported in from Himachal Pradesh by these students. Others have been identified as Aniruddh Mathur, MBA in Hospitality management, Amity, Tenzin Phunchog, MSc Physics, Hindu College, and Sam Mallick, MA Philosophy, JNU. They are all addicted to charas and used to get it from Gaurav,” the officer said.The arrested youths also told the NCB that abuse of drugs was rampant in the DU campus area. Now, based on the information given by the arrested students about drug peddlers and others involved in the racket, the NCB is raiding hideouts and the matter is being thoroughly probed, officials said.”We are expecting a breakthrough. After receiving leads from the arrested students, more action will be taken. This will help us break the syndicates supplying drugs to reputed educational institutions at an altogether larger level,” the officer added.Expressing serious concerns over increasing drug abuse among college students, Rina Mitra, DG, NCB, said, “The NCB Delhi Unit began gathering intelligence inputs on drug peddling around campuses. On Thursday, the agency received information that 03 Nos of LSD blots will be shipped through DTDC courier services to Jaipur for New Year celebrations. The Delhi NCB then reached the DTDC office at Vijay Nagar and seized the consignment of 03 LSD blots,” she said.The Delhi Police said that ahead of the New Year’s Eve, a special watch is being kept over consumption of illicit liquor, drugs, and other narcotic substances. The police will also ensure ample deployment near party places and pubs in the city, they said.Despite several attempts, officials from none of the three universities responded to DNA’s queries. However, student leaders expressed shock over the incident.”This is a very shocking incident. A student’s involvement with such a gang is serious. We, however, don’t know the student personally,” said Duggi Rala, General Secretary of JNU students union.Daniyal Ubaidulllah, member of Hindu College students union, said, “The students from Hindu College who have been arrested do not deserve any support or advocacy from the union. If they have committed the act, then it’s very good that action has been taken against them. It’s for their good, the good of the college and the society as a whole.”NCB arrests students 4 students of Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Amity University held 1.14 kg of cannabis and 3 Lysergic Acid Diethylamide blot papers seized A BA Economic student of Hindu College identified as kingpin of the racket

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Botanical garden of Jammu University makes it to international list

Strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir has a reason to celebrate after the sprawling botanical garden of University of Jammu was awarded prestigious membership by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI), Royal Botanic Garden, Kew, London.Spread over an area of 6.2 acres, the Botanical garden of the Jammu University is one of the best in North India. Housing more than 500 species of angiosperms, gymnosperms, pteridophytes, bryophytes and MACRO FUNGI, the plants have been systematically been arranged as per the Bentham and Hooker’s system of classification. “Garden is having the experimental beds for researchers of the department, besides succulents, medicinal plants, and RET species. The botanical garden is also having the facilities of the green house, glass house and a registered Herbarium cum museum housing more than 12000 herbarium specimens”, said Professor Yash Paul Sharma, head, Department of Botany, Jammu University.Also readBananas successfully cultivated for first time in Jammu and KashmirScientists said the Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) has conferred the membership keeping in view the coordinating efforts and building plant conservation capacity in the botanic garden and for spreading awareness amongst the masses.”BGCI is the largest plant conservation network in the world that aims to collect, conserve, characterise and cultivate world’s flora to ensure their survival against their extinction in the wild and as a source of plant material for human innovation, adaptation, and resilience”, Prof Sharma said.Also readKashmir Saffron all set to take global flight, new job opportunities surface for unemployed youthIn fact, BGCI is a global voice for all botanic gardens, championing and celebrating their inspiring work. “It is an organization that represents a network of over 500 botanic gardens in more than 100 countries, including the largest and most influential gardens of the world”, he said.Prof Sharma maintained that the registration of the Botanical garden with BGCI would help in securing funds from various agencies/Institutions of the world. “It is also a step towards a Green India Mission that would help bringing all the Institutions including civil society together and the availability of expert advice and literature pertaining to biodiversity conservation and germplasm storage would be more prompt and easier”, he said

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Allahbad University spends all its money fighting 300 legal battles

A month after the Ministry of Human Resource Development requested for a Visitor inquiry against Allahbad University Vice Chancellor Professor Ratanlal Hanglu, an audit report of the university has found that it has been fighting as many as 300 court cases and all the funds go into fighting legal battles rather than focusing on academic development.The committee appointed by University Grants Commission (UGC) was one of the committees conducting audits of ten central universities across the country. The audit team that visited the university between November 13-15 has recently submitted its report to the ministry. In the report, the committee has mentioned that the university administration is “wasting all its time, energy and funds in fighting the numerous court battles that have arisen as a result of the internal politics in the university”.”There is a group of retired teachers in the university, which has been conspiring against the Vice Chancellor and his work is getting affected because of it. There are many cases of corruption and financial irregularities levelled against the VC,” the committee in its report said.Because of the current situation, the university has been facing serious lack of funds and everything from academic development to salaries of employees is getting affected due to this. There is no co-ordination between the registrar and finance officer of the university and the university has no plans for its future, the committee said.The committee also said that law and order situation in the campus is very bad, in fact “it cannot be worse in any other university campus”, it said in its report.

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PM Modi’s Noida visit: 2 cops suspended for negligence

The multi-layered security, set up specially for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Noida visit, was seriously breached on Monday when when his cavalcade suddenly left the “sanitised” route and took a wrong turn, before being stuck in traffic. The Gautam Budh Nagar police have now suspended a sub-inspector and a constable, for negligence in duty. The PM had come to inaugurate a section of the Magenta Line of Metro.Reportedly, Modi’s security was compromised when his convoy lost its way while heading to the helipad from a public meeting at the Amity University. A departmental inquiry against two other circle officers has also been ordered by the Uttar Pradesh Police. CM Yogi also slammed the senior police officers for this mishap.According to the police, the two cops have been identified as sub-inspector Dilip Singh, posted at Dankaur police station, and constable Dayanand. The convoy in which Modi was travelling, along with the UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, lost its way on the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, while going to helipad at the Botanical Garden from the Amity University.The other two circle officers against whom a departmental inquiry has been ordered have been identified as Sanjeev Deshwaal and Ram Karan Singh of Meerut.”The troop of VIP vehicles left the Amity University at 2.35 pm and used the service road at the Expressway to proceed towards Botanical Garden, from where the PM was supposed to board his plane. One of the security vehicles that was directing the troop took a turn before the designated one. There was no security arrangement on that path,” said Luv Kumar Singh, Senior Superintendent Of Police, Gautam Budh Nagar.Police said this is considered a security breach and two police officers have been pulled up for the same.”The VVIP troop was caught in a traffic snarl at the Mahamaya flyover. Also, a motorcycle and a bus came very close to the fleet. After being stuck in the jam for three minutes, the convoy proceeded and the police officers rushed to the spot to clear the bottleneck,” Kumar added.On Monday, PM Modi flagged off the much-awaited Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line, connecting Noida to south Delhi. The PM boarded the Metro train at the Botanical station and deboarded at Okhla Bird Sanctuary station.CM Adityanath accompanied the PM during the maiden trip on the Magenta Line. BJP member Mahendra Nath Pandey and state governor Ram Naik also attended the inauguration ceremony.

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Mumbai University earns Rs 4.83 crore in revaluation fees in 2016-17

Turns out students’ loss was Mumbai University’s gain to the tune of Rs over Rs 4.83 crore. The varsity earned the money in the way of fees collected from its students for revaluation of their answer sheets in the 2016-17, an RTI application has revealed.The response to an RTI query filed by activist Vihar Durve also revealed that the varsity earned Rs 15,32,055 towards photocopy charges in the same academic year.The varsity’s response, however, did not furnish details of the total number of revaluation applications and the number of students that passed post-revaluation this academic year.The number of students that made the cut post-revaluation is only expected to go up because of the mangled results that followed glitches in the On-Screen Marking (OSM) system.”Year on year, the varsity earns from revaluation and photocopy charges taken from students. Most students pass post-revaluation and, therefore, put through unnecessary wait and expenses,” said Durve. As per an earlier RTI response received by Durve, more than 36 per cent of the total number of students who had applied for reevaluation between 2015 and the beginning of 2016 at the University of Mumbai passed their exams post revaluation.Owing to the OSM mess, the varsity received over 50,000 revaluation applications in 2017. After several student protests, the fee was reduced by 50 per cent this year to Rs 250.

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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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From terrorist stronghold Sopore, musical duo makes it to Bollywood

From the separatist stronghold of Sopore to the glitzy world of Bollywood, Kashmir’s first music composer duo has come a long way.Nayeem Ashraf, 28, and Shabir Ahmad, 30 — who go by the name Nayeem-Shabir in the world of music — have created a place in Bollywood after struggling hard in Mumbai.The duo will be making their debut with Sarfira —a Bollywood movie — as music directors. “This is our debut movie. There are four songs in the movie, and all of them are being composed by us. This is our independent project which we have bagged after a lot of struggle,” said Nayeem.From singing in hotels, to assisting various music directors, the duo has done everything to find fame in Bollywood.”I was 20 when I moved to Mumbai. My hard work has paid off after 10 years. I was doing stage shows in hotels to survive. Music has been my passion since childhood, and I wanted to do something,” said Shabir.Nayeem received a formal training in music from University of Kashmir, while Shabir learnt guitar from Srinagar before receiving a formal training in Mumbai. Both hailed from Sopore and were struggling together in Bollywood. Their similar taste in music led them to working together.Before moving to Mumbai, Nayeem had created a niche for himself in Kashmir as well. He had composed two Kashmiri albums. He had also set up Sangam Music Group in separatist stronghold of Sopore.For Shabir, life was full of struggle. “I lost both of my parents few years back. My elder brother took care and supported me. I had to return back home. After a few years, I again moved to Mumbai to follow my dreams,” he said.After all of the struggle that the two have faced, now they are getting the notice of Bollywood for their talent. “We have two more projects in the pipeline. The work on these projects will start after few months,” Nayeem said.”After completing my graduation in Music, I moved to Mumbai in 2012. Life was tough. I met many music directors and learnt a lot from them. I assisted one music director for a Bollywood movie. It is only after a lot of struggle that we bagged Sarfira,” Nayeem said.

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Air quality back to ‘severe’

Even as the Christmas fever grips the city, a thick haze enveloped the Capital on Monday with the air quality index (AQI) plummeting to 372 units in the’very poor’category against 305 on Sunday. The permissible standard is 60 units.Also, a dense fog covered parts of the city in the early hours leading to a number of trains and flights being delayed. The visibility was reduced to 500 meters in the morning, however, after 11 am, the fog started to clear.As many as 17 pollution monitoring stations under the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recorded’severe’levels of air pollution. Delhi Technological University recoded 498 while the NCR towns, including Noida and Ghaziabad too, recorded ‘severe’ air quality at 476 and 465, respectively.The AQI is measured against PM 2.5 — the most prominent pollutant in Delhi-NCR. The hourly readings at the CPCB’s Central Control Room for air quality management showed the rising trend of PM 2.5.According to the officials, the concentrations spiked through the day due to a fall in wind speed and high-level of moisture-trapping pollutants in the air. The India Meteorological Department recorded humidity levels at 100.”With rising levels of moisture and humidity, pollution levels are going to remain similar even on Tuesday. The wind speed fell to below 10 kmph, which is mainly responsible to disperse pollutants from the air. Also, moderate to dense fog is likely to occur during the week,” said a senior CPCB official.Meanwhile, SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), which operates 10 stations in Delhi-NCR, recorded 24-hour average of PM2.5 at 205 units.

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President Ram Nath Kovind arrives in Hyderabad for his first southern sojourn

President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday arrived here as part of the annual southern sojourn.Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor E S L Narasimhan, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, his cabinet colleagues and senior officials received the president and his wife Savita Kovind at Hakimpet Air Force Station.”The president, who arrived in the city today as part of the winter sojourn, will stay at the Rashtrapathi Nilayam located in Bollarum in Secunderabad till December 27,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Zone) B Sumathi told PTI.Kovind is scheduled to visit Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday to inaugurate the Indian Economic Association (IEA) summit at the Acharya Nagarjuna University at 10.30 am.He will later visit the Andhra Pradesh government’s Transitional Headquarters (secretariat) at Velagapudi, where he will inaugurate the AP Fibre Grid project.Kovind is also scheduled to inspect the Real-Time Governance Centre at the Andhra Pradesh secretariat.

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NAAC chief is new UGC head, order issued

An official order regarding the same was released by DoPT on Friday. DNA was the first to report on the likelihood of the same about a month ago. “The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the proposal for appointment of Prof. Dhirendra Pal Singh, Director, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), Bengaluru to the post of Chairman in University Grants Commission (UGC) on direct recruitment basis, for a period of five years from the date of assumption of charge of the post,” the order reads.”
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UGC’s letter on trips to North East upsets Delhi University faculty

A letter from the UGC to the Vice-Chancellors of all the central universities encouraging them to organise excursions to northeast states has created an uproar among the faculty members at the Delhi University (DU) with many of them terming it a “political move”.In the letter, Jitendra K Tripathi, Joint Secretary, University Grants Commission (UGC), directed the universities to implement the ‘action points’ that emerged out of a recent meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the tourism sector. “Universities to be encouraged to organise excursions to the North East,” the letter said. The regulatory body also urged the universities to make tourism a part of course curriculum of students to sensitise them about the sector.University officials, however, said that by mentioning a particular part of the country where the Assembly elections are scheduled next year, in its letter, the incumbent government is trying to”propagate its political agenda”.”I have been teaching in a central university since the last fifteen years but this is the first time that a government is asking educational institutes to take its students on a trip to a prescribed place,” said Rajib Ray, president of Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA).Four northeastern states — Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Mizoram – will go to the polls next year.

Violence breaks out at BHU after student union leader arrested

Clashes broke out between police and protesters after students of Baneras Hindu University (BHU) staged a protest on Wednesday.Slogans were raised after student union leader Ashutosh was arrested on charges of obstructing an IIT-BHU programme. During the clashes, a bus was torched.Currently, the situation is tense, but has been brough under control, it has been reported.In September this year, violence erupted after protesting students wanted to meet the V-C at his residence. University officials claimed that students started throwing stones that pushed the situation out of control. Students, however, denied the charge.The CM was in Varanasi on Friday and Saturday when students were protesting against the molestation of a hosteller reported on Thursday. The district administration had to change the route of Modi’s cavalcade due to the protests. The crackdown came within hours of the PM ending his two-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi.BHU is a central university under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), and is listed as an institute of national importance. There was no immediate reaction from the ministry.

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Shekhawati heritage needs to be promoted: CM Vasundhara Raje

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje, on Tuesday, underlined the importance of promoting the heritage of Shekhawati region. During the ‘Mukhyamantri Jan Samvad’ organised at Jhunjhunu-based JJT University, Raje said that several towns of the area, including Nawalgarh, Ramgarh, Fatehpur, and Alsisar have valuable heritage which is yet not fully explored. Information about these heritage sites should be uploaded online in order to get a global recognition.While talking about the achievements of the state government in the region, Raje said that a water pipeline has been established under Kumbharam Lift Canal from Taranagar to Malsisar. This was a Rs 172 crore project which took four years to complete. She instructed the officials of Public Health Department to find a solution to the irregular availability of water in Malsisar. She asked them to consult the residents of the area for the same.Furthermore, the chief minister instructed the officials of Public Works Department to identify the broken small roads and outline a project of development of the same in Jhunjhunu, in next 10 days. During the public meeting, she said that the state government, in addition to building large roads, is also focused on connecting the towns through small roads. The roads which need re-work, expansion or renewal will be identified. In addition to this, she instructed the Chief Medical Health Officer of Jhunjhunu to keep a proper check on the Public Health Centres of the area. This came after a complaint was filed regarding two out of five positions being vacant in the PHC. The complaint also elaborated that the doctors in PHCs were not available during their duty hours.

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University of Mumbai goes digital to process PhD study

Nearly eight years after the University Grants Commission (UGC) asked universities to digitise the whole process of PhD studies, the University of Mumbai has finally woken up from slumber.In a recent circular, the varsity has asked all university departments to send details of the eligible guides and research centres after which a list of the same would be uploaded on its official website.The varsity has also asked departments to furnish information about the research work done by the faculty members.In 2009, the UGC in its Minimum Standard Guidelines for Awardance of PhD had asked all the universities to maintain a database of all the theses of its doctoral students. The guidelines also prescribed that the universities should later upload the theses on Shodhganga a government portal hosting academic research.Despite these guidelines, the University of Mumbai which awards over 300 research degrees every year was yet to follow any of the norms with respect to digitisation.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: How BJP managed to minimise effect of GST and demonetization in urban pockets

Once again, it was the urban voter who stood rock solid behind Bharatiya Janata Party in Gujarat assembly polls, giving the party 42 out of 48 seats from cities.Observers attribute ‘There Is No Alternative’ (TINA) factor behind BJP’s continued hold in cities as Congress does not have proper organisation and credible faces that could convert the dissent into votes. BJP won 12 of 16 seats in Ahmedabad city, all 12 seats in Surat, all six seats in Vadodara, all three seats in Rajkot, two each in Bhavnagar and Jamanagar, and one each in Mehsana, Navsari and Gandhinagar.Experts say there is practically no political opposition to BJP in cities of Gujarat and voters have no way to go. This is exactly what had happened in the elections to urban local bodies, which BJP had swept in early 2016, said Prof Dinesh Shukla a former Professor of Political Science at Gujarat University. “This has reinforced the fact that BJP is predominantly an urban party. Congress does not have an organisation that can even remotely compare with that of BJP. Sewa Dal is not active. While RSS has cadre that reaches out to voters. Results are also an indication that demonetization and GST were not such big issues that seemed at one point of time,” said Shukla.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Congress’ bitter-sweet defeat is story of missed opportunity BJP swept these seats, even as these areas are facing adverse effect of demonetization and GST, which has aggravated economic slowdown and stopped net job creation. Jayendra Tanna, President of Gujarat Traders’ Federation said that even the business community, which had suffered setbacks because of GST and demonetization, has voted for BJP and now the ball is in BJP’s court to ensure that interest of this section of society is taken care of. “Businessmen who had protested against the shortcoming and complicated compliance of GST, got swayed away by the cosmetic changes the government did in GST in the run up to the elections. They felt that the government is sensitive about their hardships. Now it is government’s turn to ensure that small businessmen do not suffer,” said Tanna.He feels that non-business community voted for BJP as it was influenced by the campaign of Prime Minister Narendra Modi rather than genuine issues that affect the masses. “These issues, that affect the masses on daily basis, were never debated during the campaign. They got swayed by a campaign that did not cater to their day-to-day requirements,” said Tanna.

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MU asks colleges to provide supplements after Bombay HC’s order

A day after the Bombay High Court directed the university to give supplements to undergraduate and postgraduate students, the University of Mumbai came up with a fresh circular on Saturday asking colleges and exam centres to provide supplements to the students.On Friday, the court had passed an interim order while hearing a writ petition filed by Manasi Bhushan a final year law student at GLC college opposing an circular of the varsity that barred students from asking for supplements released on October 9. While the varsity did release a circular asking colleges to abide by the court order on Saturday, several colleges still did not issue supplements to students on Saturday morning as they had still not received the circular.Also readBombay High Court dismisses PIL to restart AC buses, cites BEST’s discretion”Despite asking for a supplement the supervisor denied giving it to me. While I mentioned the recent HC order, the supervisor said that the new circular had not reached them yet” said a law student at one of the suburban colleges.

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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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Put in place a plan to tackle defacement: Delhi High Court to AAP

Delhi HC has expressed its displeasure on the failure of the AAP government to comply with its order by setting up a concrete action plan to deal with the issue of defacement of properties in the city.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar pulled up the Delhi government thereby expresssing concern on the inability of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Delhi University to conduct awareness programmes to teach people.The court’s observation while hearing a plea filed by advocate Prashant Manchanda that had sought a complete ban on the alleged defacement of public properties by the candidates for the DUSU polls.Earlier, the bench had told the Delhi University to frame comprehensive guidelines and the authorities to launch a large scale public awareness campaign to deal with the alleged mess of defacement which was ignored by the concerned.Terming the actions of the authorities as ‘appalling’, the court asked the about the ground work they have carried out to clear the mess across Delhi. However, since so satisfactory answer was given by the authorities concerned, they had to face the ire of the court.”We see only meetings but no fruitful results. It is hopeless,” the bench observed and pulled up the Delhi government for not setting out a comprehensive solution to deal with the issue.NO WRITINGS ON WALLBench had earlier told DU to frame guidelines and authorities to launch large scale public awar-eness campaign to deal with mess of defacement. Court asked about the ground work they had done to clear mess.

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Absconding budding cricketer ‘Dhoni’ held for murder

The Delhi Police have arrested Vijay, a district-level budding cricketer known by the name Dhoni for copying the player’s style, for his involvement in a murder last year. The Delhi University graduate has been evading arrest by changing his locations and cell phone numbers frequently, police said.According to senior police officers, Dhoni was arrested by a team of special staff, Dwarka, led by sub-inspector Naveen Kumar.On July 17 last year, a man was rushed to the AIIMS Trauma Centre with grievous injuries. He was later identified as Aakash, who succumbed to his injuries. His brother Sunny said that local criminals — Vijay alias Dhoni, Vishal, Ajeet, Lakshman, Gaurav, and Deepak — assaulted his brother with iron rods and sticks. During the probe, Dhoni and his brother Vishal managed to abscond while others were nabbed.Dwarka DCP Shibesh Singh said it that it has been ascertained that the criminals were active members of the infamous Gaurav Jhareda gang. Analysis of call details of several numbers linked to the absconding members were scanned to get a clue regarding their whereabouts.”Surveillance was also put in place and several persons were interrogated. The duo had switched off their mobile phones. Raids were conducted at all possible hideouts in Delhi-NCR and Haryana but the accused were constantly changing their locations and mobile numbers. On Sunday, acting on a tip-off that that both the accused would come near the Dwarka Metro station on a scooter to meet someone, a trap was laid and both were nabbed,” the DCP said.Interrogation revealed that Dhoni was fond of cricket and represented school and college teams at district level. He wanted to be a cricketer and was a fan of ex-Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni.”He adopted the cricketer’s and soon was known as Dhoni in the area. But when he could not enter the Delhi State Cricket Team, he joined his brother, who was already an active member of the Gaurav Jhareda gang. In 2014, he and Vishal were arrested with Gaurav Jhareda in a case of attempt to murder in Delhi Cantonment. He along with his associates assaulted and seriously injured one Amit alias Suraj Bhan in July 2016. A few days later, both the accused brutally murdered Aakash using iron rods and sticks with the help of their associates following an argument,” the officer added.

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Visually-impaired girl tops Masters in Arts History course

In a commendable feat, 23-year-old Payal Bhattad, a visually impaired student at the University of Mumbai topped Masters in Arts (MA) in history this year.Bhattad, who hails from Deoli, a small village in Vidarbha has scored an overall 78% in her final MA exams, topping the batch of over 90 students at the university. Sources said she might be the first student from any university department to achieve this feat.”I was confident of getting a very good score in the exams and always hoped to top. This is like a dream come true” said an elated Payal. She is now pursuing a BEd at the Xaviers Institute of Education in Churchgate and wants to take up teaching.Payal, who has been visually impaired from birth did her early schooling from Amravati and later landed in Mumbai after passing her class X. She completed her BA in History from Wilson College and topped the college at the final exams with 84%. She later went on to do her MA in History at the University of Mumbai. A national swimmer, a good writer and a poet, she has been an all-rounder with several accolades in her credit.Despite being a bright student throughout topping the exams did not come easy. “I am not someone who can study with the help of audio notes. For me, the whole learning process would involve several stages- downloading PDF copies of reference books, reading them with a screen reader, type it in my computer and then putting it in braille for reference. After all this, I would prepare my own answers,”added Payal.Manjiri Kamat, head, Department of History said that it was indeed a proud moment for to see Payal excelling at the subject with her sheer dedication. “Payal has been an extremely sincere and confident student from the first day.She has never let her impairment come in the way of her learning and has never expected any concessions from anyone. For a student who is visually impaired, excelling in this manner is a very commendable feat” added Kamat.

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Indian shot in Chicago; family asks for Sushma Swaraj’s help

An Indian man was allegedly shot by unidentified assailants at a parking lot in Chicago, US.The 30-year-old student from Hyderabad was shot at Albany Park area on December 6, according to an NDTV report. He has been seriously injured and is currently hospitalised in critical condition.The victim, Mohammed Akbar, has suffered bullet injuries on his cheek, according to his family.Also readKansas man indicted on ‘hate crime’ charges for killing Indian national Srinivas KuchibhotlaAkbar has gone to US to pursue higher studies and is doing his masters in computer science at DeVry University.The victim’s family has sought for Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s help on the matter. They have asked for Swaraj’s help on issuing an emergency travel visa to United States. They had also asked for Telengana home minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy’s help to raise the issue with the concerned US authorities.The nature of the incident is not yet known and if it is hate crime incident in US. In February this year, an engineer from Hyderabad, Srinivas Kuchibolta, was shot dead and his two friends were seriously injured in United States’ Kansas by a Navy man who yelled “get out of my country”.

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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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Rajasthan murder: Hindus should rise and oppose killings of Muslims in their name, says DU professor Apoorvanand

Hindus should rise and oppose killings of Muslims in their name, a Delhi University professor said after taking part in a human chain against the the burning to death of a daily wage labourer from West Bengal, Afrazul Khan, in Rajasthan earlier this week.Forty-eight-year-old Khan was hacked and burnt to death in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district. In a video of the killing shared on social media, the accused, who has been arrested, is seen declaring that he killed the man to save a woman from “love jihad” and warning that anyone challenging the majority community would “meet the same fate”.”It is incumbent upon Hindus now to choose various platforms in their capacities to say you can’t murder Muslims in our name,” Delhi University professor Apoorvanand said, hitting out at political parties for not taking a stand against the killing.Also readRajasthan murder: Woman denies she was ‘rescued’ by accused”Political parties should come out against it…,” he said.Scores of young people and professors of various universities and activists turned up to form a human chain at Connaught Place. Earlier in the day, several Muslim organisations and students outfits staged a demonstration near Bikaner House condemning the attack and demanding resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

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DU college accused of bias in top post selection

Faculty members of Delhi University’s Deshbandhu College have written to the Vice Chancellor over the discrepancies in the appointment for the post of Principal. The applicants have requested the V-C to look into the matter.According to the complainants, the names of 18 candidates have been “arbitrarily” removed from the list of qualified people released on Monday, despite having more than the required API (Academic Performance Indicator) score.”My name was there in the list of applicants released after a scrutiny on September 10 and my API score was also mentioned in that list. However, the recent list does not have my name but the names of candidates having lesser API than mine,” said an associate professor at Deshbandhu, College who wished to remain anonymous.As per the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines for recruitment on a principal’s post, the candidate needs to be an associated professor or professor with a PhD and 15 years of teaching experience. The candidate should also have minimum 400 API score and published research papers/books.Alleging that the college’s Governing Body, that looks after the entire selection process, has followed “arbitrary” guidelines in violation of the UGC’s norm, another candidate alleged, “There is immense favouritism in the selection process for the top post at Deshbandhu College. Even after having above 1,300 API score, which is much more than the minimum required criteria, my name has been removed from the final list.””We have recently written to the Vice Chancellor and requested him to look into the matter,” he said.
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Band, Baja and baraat! Mehbooba Mufti government to speed up scheme to help poor, unmarried girls of Valley

Band, baja, baraat…at last, this will become a pleasant reality for the poor girls in the terror-plagued Jammu and Kashmir!Mehbooba Mufti-led state government has revised the timelines to ensure speedy and effective implementation of the State Marriage Assistance Scheme (SMAS) and deal strictly with inordinate delay in settling the cases.Under SMAS the government provides one-time financial assistance of Rs 25,000 and five-gram gold from the Social Welfare department to poor girls living below poverty line who may not find themselves in a position to marry due to financial constraints.The 27 years of conflict and bloodbath has torn apart the social fabric in conservative Kashmir. Late marriages, infertility and depleting sex ratio has become rampant in the Kashmir Valley.A study conducted by the Sociology department at University of Kashmir in 2009 revealed shocking facts about the fallout of the turmoil.According to the study, an overwhelming majority of 88 per cent of respondents opined that conflict situation in Kashmir has contributed to the emergence of the late marriages, a phenomenon unheard of before the onset of militancy in 1990.Complying with the directions of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court, the government on Wednesday issued a circular, in modification to its earlier version, detailing the revised timelines.According to the revised timelines, a period of three working days has been fixed for District Social Welfare Officer, six working days for Sanctioning Authority (Deputy Commissioner) while five working days have been fixed for Director Finance, Social Welfare Department to dispose of the cases under SMAS.“The Government has issued strict directions to all the concerned for ensuring strict adherence to the revised guidelines and any deviation in this regard would be dealt strictly as per the Law”, an official spokesman said.Launched in 2015, the SMAS was aimed at facilitating the poor girls with requisite financial support to enable them solemnize their marriages. Official figures reveal that around 6,589 beneficiaries, who were found eligible to receive the assistance as per guidelines of the scheme, have been brought under the ambit of SMAS upto August 31, 2017.“The Social Welfare Department had also observed that substantial time is being taken for disposing of these cases before referring it to the administrative department for unknown reasons, which is defeating the objective of launching this vital girl specific scheme, where timely assistance has paramount significance”, said the spokesman.
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Shush! Students fume as JNU admin ‘mutes’ talk on Ram Mandir

In order to “maintain communal harmony”, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration cancelled all events that were to be held on its campus to mark the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition on Wednesday. This included a talk on the “Ram Janmabhoomi movement” by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and a discussion in which CPM leader Prakash Karat was invited.According to a notice issued by the Dean of Students Umesh Kadam, “The competent authority has cancelled public lectures/talks on the issue of Ram Janam Bhumi and Babri Masjid in the campus on December 6 in order to maintain communal harmony, and peace and stability on campus.Academic discussion on various themes, which contribute to knowledge enhancement and social order, are always permitted .”Also readJNU cancels talk by Subramanian Swamy on ‘why Ram mandir in Ayodhya’Swamy was invited by the Vivekanand Vichar Manch, a group of students, to deliver a talk on ‘Why Ram Mandir in Ayodhya’ at the University’s Koyna hostel. According to the organisers, they wanted to “salute the legendary fighter and martyrs” of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.However, the hostel warden issued a notice on Tuesday night and called off the event.Also readJNU probe: Court dismisses lie detection pleaWhile speaking to media, Swamy, however, said that “JNU is fearful that my ideas will influence the youth. My arguments on Ram Mandir are so powerful that they won’t be able to stand it.”However, JNU Students Union’s event titled “Reclaiming the Republic: In Defence of Our Syncretic Culture, Constitutional Morality and Secularism” where several left-leaders including Karat and Kavita Krishnan were supposed to speak, was not scrapped until Wednesday morning. It was later called off after the administration faced charges of being “biased”.Calling the move a “Tughlaqi farman”, organisers of Swamy’s event said that they received the permission to hold the event four days ago.“The administration would have let it happen if it was a meet on anti-Indian forces where slogans like ‘Bharat tere tukde honge’ would raise,” said Raghavendra Mishra, one of the organisers.JNUSU president Geeta Kumari also termed it as “ideological censorship”. “JNU has been organising programmes on the anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition every year. Our programme topic didn’t even mention Babri Masjid or Ram Janmabhoomi,” she said. JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) also condemned the move.Despite several attempts, Dean of Students Umesh Kadam did not respond for a comment.
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Cyclone Ockhi: Schools in Mumbai, other parts of Maharashtra to remain open on Wednesday

Schools and colleges in Mumbai and adjoining districts will remain open on Wednesday, a day after they were closed as a precautionary measure in view of Cyclone Ockhi. Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde confirmed to DNA that educational institutes in the city and other parts of the state will stay open tomorrow. The Maharashtra government had declared a holiday for schools and colleges in Mumbai, Sindhudurg, Thane, Raigad and Palghar districts on Tuesday due to “serious weather predictions” in view of Cyclone Ockhi. The decisoon was taken after an alert by the IMD Mumbai observatory.However, Mumbai University and affiliated colleges remained open and all exam schedules went on as announced earlier. The weather department has forecast intermittent rains in Mumbai and suburbs in the next 24 hours.”Intermittent rain/thundershowers very likely to occur in Mumbai and suburbs in next 24 hours,” said a report of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) Mumbai at 8 am. “Heavy rainfall is likely at a few places with squally wind speed reaching 50 to 60 kms per hour gusting to 70 kms per hour very likely along coastal area in next 24 hours,” it further said. A few spells of rain or thundershowers are likely to occur in the city and suburbs in next 48 hours, the IMD said.
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Commerce courses take the cake in IDOL admissions

This year, 66.39% (43,804) of the total number of students admitted under IDOL have taken up courses in the Commerce faculty including BCom and MCom. While 18,310 students enrolled for BCom this year, a total of 25,495 students registered for MCom part I and II. “A large number of working students also prefer to take these courses to boost their careers,” said Dhaneshwar Harichandan, Director, IDOL.”
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Elections to begin for MU’s Senate, BoS

After a long delay, the University of Mumbai has finally kick-started the process for the formation of two of the important governing bodies — Senate and the Board of Studies (BoS). The varsity would conduct elections to these bodies in two phases.In the first phase, elections for the Principals, Management Council Representatives, university teachers and department heads from colleges to the Senate would take place. In the second phase, elections of teachers and graduates would take place.The official notification regarding the elections would be uploaded to the varsity’s official website on December 2. “Elections for the Senate and the Board of studies are for the first time, taking place under the Maharashtra Public Universities Act, 2016. We are hoping to make the whole election process smooth and can hope to get these bodies in working soon” said Dr Devanand Shinde, acting Vice Chancellor, University of Mumbai.In the backdrop of the delay, the state government also revised the deadline for completing the election process from November 30, 2017 to February 28, 2017.Sanjay Vairal, ex-Senate member of the university said, “Without the bodies, all key decisions at the university have been pending.”
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Why Uttar Pradesh civic polls will impact Assembly elections in Gujarat

All eyes are now set on December 1 when the verdict will be out for the municipal elections in Uttar Pradesh.The third and final phase of polling took place on Wednesday.Unlike poor turnout in second phase on November 26, an estimated 53 per cent polling was recorded in the third and the final phase of polls. Counting of votes will take place on December 1 and results will be announced the same day.In Etah district, unidentified attackers lobbed two crude bombs at a polling booth to create . No one was, however, injured in the incident which stalled polling for half an hour. Polling resumed after police further tightened the security.Barring sporadic incidents of brawl over names missing from the voters’ list, technical snags in EVMs and allegations of bogus voting, polling was by and large peaceful in the final phase.Police had to use mild force in Ferozabad district when agitated voters created ruckus when they did not find their names in the voters’ list. Police had resorted to lathicharge in Baghpat when the BJP and BSP supporters clashed with each other on complaints of bogus voting.The results in local bodies’ polls are likely to have an impact on the ensuing Assembly elections in Gujarat.Political observers feel that results in Uttar Pradesh will certainly give a reason to smile either to Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo or Congress President Rahul Gandhi to boost their last-minute crucial campaigning in Gujarat.“It will either lift sagging morale of the BJP in Gujarat or give a tool to an upbeat Congress to consolidate its position using Uttar Pradesh results as failure of BJP government to stand to people’s expectations,” said Prof Ramesh Dixit, former Head Poitical Science department, Lucknow University.After addressing as many as 40 rallies in Uttar Pradesh, the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is extensively touring Gujarat.The UP poll results will not only be referendum on his government performance in Uttar Pradesh but also his charisma as the leading Hindtuva leader will also wean away if results are not favourable in UP.
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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

Bihar govt to push for Heritage tag for Rajgir Cyclopean Wall

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bihar government will make efforts to get the ‘World Heritage’ tag for the ancient Cyclopean Wall at the popular tourist destination Rajgir in Bihar.Bihar’s Nalanda Mahavihara and the Mahabodhi in Bodh Gaya have already made it to the World Heritage sites list.“The Cyclopean Wall is one of the oldest examples of masonry. We have asked the Nalanda University vice-chancellor to survey the wall and prepare a report on it,” said Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.Kumar added that Bihar has a rich archaeological history that can be made known to the world if the Archaeological Survey of India worked on it.Nitish, who was inaugurating the Rajgir Mahotsav evening, said the main objective was to get international recognition for Rajgir. “Earlier, we had to make efforts to get a world heritage site status for the Nalanda Mahavihara. We will do the same for the Cyclopean wall if required,” said Nitish.Nitish added that there were only two Cyclopean walls in the world, the other one being in Greece, and thus, it was an important part of Bihar’s heritage.Historians believe that Bihar’s Cyclopean wall, built of huge undressed stones, would have been around 40-km-long that encircled Rajgir. It dates back to the pre-Mauryan era (before 3rd Century BC), and was built likely to provide protection to the ancient settlement in Rajgir.

Gujarat elections 2017: Are women’s issues important enough?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Injustice to Sardar Patel, step-motherly treatment to Gujarat, tanking economy, GST and demonetisation- the discourse of political parties in Gujarat seem to be about everything else other than issues that affect women the most.Sociologists who have closely worked on gender issues and those in politics have a different take on why it is the case.Leena Badshah, former professor of sociology with Gujarat University said it was a universal trend. “It is not unique to India or Gujarat. How many issues that matter to women get discussed in elections in the UK or US? For a patriarchal society like ours, it will take a long time before issues like women’s safety or equality in pay or some such become an election debate,” said Badshah.Tannistha Samanta, professor of sociology at IIT Gandhinagar said sometimes it takes a horrific incident like the Nirbhaya case to bring women’s issues to centre stage. Though the fact that it touched the middle class consciousness was a more enduring narrative than the gender-based sexual violence question. Not everyone agrees. Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi said Rahul Gandhi in his recent visit to Gujarat spoke about the issues of Anganwadi and Asha workers. “He talked about MNREGA which had helped many women get gainful employment. When we talk about inflation, it is because it impacts women the most,” said Doshi. He said it would be foolish for any party to ignore issues that impact women. “They account for 50 per cent of our voters. Who will dare ignore them?” he asks.

Despite bad service, MU pays MetritTrac over Rs 1.18 cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even after a series of goof-ups and delays, the University of Mumbai has cleared the payment of over Rs 1.18 crore to MetritTrac — the agency that was assigned the task of onscreen evaluation at the varsity. The response furnished by the varsity to RTI activist Anil Galgali revealed that despite a series of glitches which led to an unprecedented delay in declaration of results, the university paid the company.The response revealed that MeritTrac Services Pvt Ltd has raised 2 bills on the university, the 1st amounting to Rs 1,48,63,750 which was raised on 18 May, and the 2nd amounting to Rs 2,69,27,350 which was raised on 16 August, 2017. Of the Rs 4,17,91,100 claimed by the company, the varsity made a partial payment of Rs 1,18,17,404.“Despite the glitches in the working of the whole process due to the company’s inefficiency, the university has continued to pay the service provider. The office of the Governor removed the then VC, Dr Sanjay Deshmukh, from his post due to the result mess but has failed to take any action against the company so far. The company should be blacklisted immediately,” said Galgali.Earlier this month, another RTI response received by Galgali had revealed that the university passed the purchase order for awarding the contract to the company on April 27, 2017.

2 Indian-origin trainee pilots killed in UK mid-air crash

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An 18-year-old Indian-origin trainee pilot and his compatriot instructor were among four persons killed in a mid-air collision between a light aircraft and a helicopter in south-east England, police confirmed on Wednesday.Savaan Mundae, aeronautics student from Buckinghamshire New University who was training to be a commercial pilot, died with his instructor Jaspal Bahra in the Cessna 152 on November 17.Both Mundae and 27-year-old Bahra were British citizens.The two others killed in the crash in a field in Buckinghamshire was another British flight trainer, 74-year- old Michael Green and his 32-year-old Vietnamese trainee pilot Thanh Nguyen, who were in the helicopter on a training session.”The air accident is being investigated by the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB). Our thoughts remain with the families of those involved in the accident. Our family liaison officers continue to offer support the victim’s families,” Thames Valley Police said in a statement following formal identification of the victims.Both aircraft came from Wycombe Air Park, also known as Booker Airfield, near High Wycombe, which offers flight training.They crashed shortly after take off in woodlands in Upper Winchendon in the village of Waddesdon.”These amazing people lost their lives but they both died doing what they love and what they believe in… I fly with these guys and being a pilot is what I’ve wanted to do since I was very young, but it’s hit me hard,” Benjamin Hant, who studied air transport with commercial pilot training along with Mundae, said in a social media tribute.Air accident experts are still investigating the cause behind the collision.Both aircraft disintegrated on impact and plummeted to the ground.The wreckage from both aircraft have now been taken to the AAIB headquarters in Hampshire while it continues its investigation.The location of the crash was on Waddesdon private estate, owned by the Rothschild banking family.

JNU probe: Court dismisses lie detection plea

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Tuesday dismissed the CBI plea seeking to conduct a lie-detection test on nine Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students, as part of its probe into the mysterious disappearance of another student, Najeeb Ahmed.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal dismissed the plea noting that the nine students were”opposing the application of the polygraph test filed by the investigating officer (IO) to the extent that they are praying for its dismissal which pre-supposes the lack of consent for the polygraph test.””It means that these persons are not willing to go for the polygraph test. Since a polygraph test cannot be done without the consent of the person whose polygraph test has to be done, this application thereof cannot be allowed at this stage.”Further, there is no requirement of calling these persons in the court for expressly recording their denial or consent as their reply of the application of the investigation officer (IO) virtually amounts to same,” the court said.It also said since the application seeking to conduct the test was moved by the IO and not by any of the nine suspect students, it”cannot be outrightly allowed”. However, the court said the suspect students” can at any time opt to volunteer for the polygraph test before the CBI”. In its application, the CBI had sought to conduct the test of nine JNU students as part of its probe into the disappearance of Najeeb Ahmed, claiming there were certain allegations against them.The application was opposed by the students’ advocate Viswa Bhushan Arya, who claimed that the agency did not follow various guidelines while moving the application.Najeeb, a first-year MSc Biotechnology student, has been missing from the Mahi Mandavi hostel in JNU since October 16, 2016, after a scuffle allegedly with the ABVP activists.

Bengal Education Minister asks Presidency University VC to solve vacant seat issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee on Tuesday said he told Presidency University Vice Chancellor Anuradha Lohia that something needed to be done to address the vacant seats issue of the premier institute from next session.”I have made it clear to Lohia that no seats should be kept vacant and something needed to be done to address the issue from next session,” he told reporters after meeting the VC at his assembly chamber. Chatterjee said some problems might have surfaced due to changes made in rules framed by those previously at the helm of the university. “But I told her that seats should not be kept vacant in Presidency and whatever is required needed to be done from next session,” he added.Asked if he was happy with the talks with Lohia, Chatterjee said, “We had detailed talks. But if you ask me, let me tell you we will be happy when the problem will be solved.” On November 15, Lohia had met the state Education Secretary to discuss various issues including the vacant seats of the institute and audit of the state fund for beautification of heritage building housing it. Lohia could not meet Chatterjee on that date.Chatterjee had earlier expressed concern about vacant seats at the Presidency University.

BMS paper leak: Police hunt culprits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Amboli police probing the paper leak racket are on the lookout for three more agents who they suspect to be instrumental in the case of a Mumbai University third-year Bachelor of Management Studies question paper.The police suspect that the college technician, Vishal Bagul, who leaked the paper, has sent the question papers to few more agents. They have come across a suspicious email sent by Bagul. Apart from identifying three more agents involved in the racket, police have come across information that the accused has leaked nine papers in the past and has made lakhs of rupees by selling them.”Bagul would charge Rs 10,000 per paper and had started laying down the groundwork for the leak from Diwali. He has been working with the college since 2008, and was aware that the university sends a password to the college principal, and also the technical coordinator working at the institution who downloads the question papers two hours before the exam. The computer servers were linked, so he copied the saved papers from the folder and sent them to his mailbox, and later to the agents,” said a police officer.On Friday, a team led by police Inspector Daya Nayak had arrested ten persons, including a technician working at the college in Kandivli, and six students for allegedly leaking the question paper of the third-year Bachelor of Management Studies exam.THE CASEOn Thursday, an Andheri-based college registered a case at Amboli police station after a third-year BMS student was caught with a mobile phone inside the examination hall, and a leaked paper was found on her phone.

It’s ‘Vande Mataram’ for Dyal Singh College

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi University’s Dyal Singh Evening College is once again in the eye of the storm after its Governing Body (GB) “unanimously” passed the resolution to change its name to Vande Mataram College. Amid opposition by a section of faculty members and students, the GB also proposed to make the evening college into a normal day college.Set up in 1958, as the first evening college of DU, the college had both morning and evening shifts. In July this year college authorities had decided to bifurcate the college building into two parts and convert the evening college into a day college but the decision was yet to be formalised.The move then triggered a controversy as the DSC (morning) teachers protested against the decision. They demanded a separate campus.”Now, since Dyal Singh (Morning) College already exists, the name of Dyal Singh (Evening) College has to be changed as it is also going to be a normal day college soon. We have picked this name to pay obeisance to our mother land,” said Amitabh Sinha, chairperson of the GB and a BJP leader.The resolution has been sent to the Vice Chancellor Yogesh Tygai for formal approval and his reply is expected in the coming week.While a section of teachers and students have called the name change a “political move” the Principal of DSC (Evening) Pawan Kumar Sharma denied it saying, “The decision was taken collectively without any political pressure and nobody should have any objection with it.”Promising better opportunities to evening college students after the conversion, Sharma added, “The new college will have better infrastructure and new courses. We will also get separate funds from the HRD ministry.”Meanwhile, several faculty members and students also held a protest on Saturday against the name change.

Delhi University’s Dyal Singh Evening College renamed as ‘Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi University’s Dyal Singh College will now be called ‘Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya’, the college’s governing body has said.The decision was made after by the governing body after a meeting and said they will rename the college after it becomes a full-fledged morning college. The college’s principal said that the name was an inspiration for many during freedom struggle and hence it will inspire the students. “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,” said Dr IS Bakshi, principal of Dyal Singh College on Saturday.

Mumbai University students left in a lurch due to no grievance mechanism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Several students of the University of Mumbai are running from pillar to post to register complaints about their issues as the varsity does not have a fully functional grievance cell in place. Students who wish to register complaints about result delays, issues with respect to fees and other problems have no where to go to as the university has failed to reconstitute a students Grievance Cell after the previous one dissolved in August last year. “Officials at the University ask us to write a complaint and submit but nothing seems to happen as there is no committee to look into it. At a point when lakhs of students are suffering due to the varsity’s delays, not having a mechanism to solve students’s complaints is unfortunate ” said an MA student on the condition of anonymity. Varsity officials said that the grievance cell will be reconstituted soon and in the time being an ad hoc body would look into the complaints.

‘Administrative exigencies’ prompts Rajnath Singh to cancel Jamia Milia Islamia visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to inaugurate a newly-constructed hostel for Kashmiri women students at Jamia Milia Islamia, scheduled on Saturday, has been postponed due to some “administrative exigencies”, officials said on Friday.The plan for the hostel, with 135 rooms and 400 beds capacity, was first conceived in 2012, when a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Jamia and the Ministry of Home Affairs to attract more girl students from the Valley. The state government borne the funds for its construction initially that were later reimbursed by the Ministry.According to officials at JMI, there are a high number of students from Kashmir studying at Jamia and most of them have to go through a tough time for looking an accommodation in the nearby area. “It will be really encouraging for them if they will get accommodation within the campus,” a senior University official said.Meanwhile, a section of Kashmiri students at the University held a protest Friday over the invite. “Our conscience does not allow us to welcome those who purport to be the representatives of the people of J&K but have been consistently trying to make people change their aspirations and succumb to the demands of the Indian state,” the students said in a statement.

7 from Ahmedabad killed in car-bus collision, 3 from same family

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Seven persons were killed when the car they were travelling in suffered a tyre burst and collided with a luxury bus on the Mehsana-Unjha highway around 2.30 am on Thursday.According to police sources, the accident occurred after the driver lost control of the vehicle due to the tyre burst and rammed into the bus which was coming from the opposite side.Three of the deceased belonged to the same family in Nikol, while four were students of Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University of Gandhinagar, including the son of a police inspector with the Special Branch department. All seven died on the spot.The deceased have been identified as Nikol brothers Brijesh Kankadia, Gopal Kankadia and their cousin Monag Jadwani, and the students Aditya Patel of Modasa, Diviyapal Zala of Sanand, Uday Pandiya of Bhavnagar and Mukund Kuradia of Jodhpur, Rajasthan.A B Gohil, PI, Mehsana taluka police station, said, “the seven were returning home when the accident occurred. The impact of the collision was so strong that the car was totally crushed by the bus and all seven car passengers died on the spot.”This is the second tragedy to strike the Kankadia family this year. It was only eleven months ago that Brijesh and Gopal’s father committed suicide. Both brothers were cremated on Friday evening.One of the deceased students Diviyapal Zala was the son of Special Branch inspector J R Zala. All the four were classmates.

BMS paper leak: Plaint filed against student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a third-year BMS paper under the University of Mumbai was reportedly doing the rounds on WhatsApp minutes before the examination, a student at an Andheri college was found with a copy of the ‘Marketting E-commerce and Digital Marketing’ paper minutes after the exam began on Thursday.The third-year BMS student, who was writing her paper at MVM college of Commerce in Andheri West, was found with a copy of the paper in her mobile phone at 11.45 am by one of the junior supervisors at the college. As per the official press statement issued by the university, a team of university officials visited the college and directed the college authorities to register a complaint in the issue.Bharat Gaikwad, Senior Police Inspector, Amboli Police station under whose jurisdiction the college falls, said the police are investigating. “We have received a complaint from the college and are looking into it. So far, we cannot ascertain anything as preliminary investigation is on” added Gaikwad.Despite several reports of BMS papers doing the rounds on social media, the varsity maintained its stand that its paper delivery system was tamper-proof.Tamper-proofThe university said that it sends question papers to affiliated colleges via Digital Exam Paper Delivery System in which the paper gets a watermark of the college that downloads it making the system secure.

Capital sees slight improvement in air

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Capital has received little respite from ‘severe’ levels of air pollution despite the air quality having slightly improved over the past two days from ‘severe’ to the ‘very poor’ category. While the early morning hours see visibility reduced to about 500 meters, it increases as the day progresses.The air quality index (AQI) of Delhi on the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) was recorded at 363 units on Thursday. The permissible standards of AQI are between 51 — 100 units.Scientists working with the CPCB said that the better air quality can be attributed to the improvement in meteorological conditions.“The wind speed at the ground level which had remained stagnant has picked up over the past three days resulting in the disbursal of pollutants hung in the air. Also, there is sunshine which clears pollutants suspended in the air,” said Vivek Chattopadhyaya, senior scientist, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).MONITORING DATADelhi Technological University (DTU), Rohini (260)RK Puram (229)ISBT Anand Vihar (274)Siri Fort (217)Shadipur (193)North Campus (139)

This ‘Sanskari’ app from BHU will play bhajan every time you want to access porn

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Banaras Hindu University, which was in news for the students protests in September, has hit headlines again.This time, it’s about ‘Har Har Mahadev’, a mobile application designed by a neurologist at the BHU to block access to pornographic contentAccording to a Times of India report, Dr Vijay Nath Mishra of Institute of Medical Sciences – Banaras Hindu University’s neurology department, is the brain behind the app.What’s more the app not only blocks the porn sites, but it also plays bhajans or devotional songs every time someone tries to access ‘inappropitae content.Named ‘Har Har Mahadev’, the app was developed in six months and can block access to nearly 4,000 sites. The app also targets violent and other sorts of vulgar content.At present, the app has just Hindu bhajans, but Dr Mishra says that he in process of introducing devotional songs from other religions.It should be noted that watching porn in public spaces in India is illegal.

Invite to UGC’s autonomy event creates uproar in Delhi University

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An invite from the University Grants Commission (UGC) to educational institutes across the country for an orientation programme, to introduce them with its scheme of autonomous colleges, has created an uproar at Delhi University (DU) with officials calling it an attempt of ‘privatisation’ and ‘commercialisation’.In his letter to the colleges, PK Thakur, secretary, UGC, wrote that the commission has been implementing the scheme of autonomous colleges, in order to achieve further qualitative improvement leading towards academic excellence. Officials at the regulatory body said that the programme, which is scheduled to be held on Thursday, will help them to have an idea about the interest of colleges in its scheme that was notified earlier this year.The scheme offers academic and operative freedom to the colleges. It enables a college to design and structure its own courses of study and syllabi to suit the local needs and to devise innovative methods of teaching, examination and evaluation. Any number of colleges under a university, fulfilling a set criteria, can apply for autonomy from UGC under this scheme.However, according to officials at DU, it will give a free hand to the colleges to make changes in its fee structure.”The move will ultimately deprive the students from marginalised sections of society of affordable education, as it can lead to a hike in the fee structure of the colleges,” said Rajesh Jha, member of DU’s Executive Council (EC), the university’s highest statutory body.The EC, however, termed it a”violation”of DU Act, 1922.”UGC sending letters directly to colleges is like the Central government contacting the civic bodies bypassing a state government. Under DU Act, 1922, all such communications should come from the university and not the regulatory bodies,” he said.College principals across the university have also slammed the move.”If the UGC wants to implement the scheme, it should be done with lots of caution considering the after-effects,” said Manoj Sinha, principal, Aryabhatt College.DU faculty members also claim that even if the government gives the colleges a choice to become anonymous, the majority of them will not favour it.”A month-long agitation earlier this year by faculty members and students at St Stephens college against administration’s decision to apply to be an autonomous institution speaks volumes,” said a St Stephens faculty member.AUTONOMY SCHEMEThe scheme offers academic and operative freedom to the colleges. It enables a college to design and structure its own courses of study and syllabi to suit the local needs and to devise innovative methods of teaching, examination and evaluation.

IMD predicts rain for today, may lower pollution levels

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While thick smog continued to envelope Delhi-NCR on Tuesday morning, the pollution levels, however, came down by the evening from the ‘severe’ to ‘very poor’ category. The air quality index (AQI), which stood past 400 units in the morning, fell to 308. However, it is still five times above the safe standard of 60 units.The improved wind conditions, according to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), can be attributed to a change in meteorological conditions including wind speed picking up and a sunny day.CPCB officials, as per the forecast provided by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), said that slight rains are expected on Wednesday, which is further likely to bring down pollution levels.”The weather conditions have changed, reducing humidity and moisture, and wind speed improved on Tuesday which helped disbursal of pollutants hung in the air. Besides, if it rains tomorrow, pollutants will be washed away majorly bringing much respite. The week ahead is expected to have better air quality,” said, Dipankar Saha, head of air laboratory, CPCB.However, even as the average AQI in the capital improved, NCR towns including Noida and Ghaziabad continued to reel under ‘severe’ pollution levels.Meanwhile, some monitoring stations in the city still recorded ‘severe’ pollution levels above the score of 400 units including Delhi University (410), Lodhi Road (428) and Pitampura (411).

Govt ignored solution on stubble burning: JNU team

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A team of researchers at Jawaharlal Nehru University had found a workable solution to stubble burning — which is conducting pyrolysis of the stubble waste in absence of oxygen, inside a closed place to create a fertilizer-like substance called Biochar out of it, instead of burning the waste in open. The project was assigned by Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, but the government itself has failed to act upon this solution. The team had submitted the report on the plan last year itself but there is no progress on implementing the plan. Explaining the process, Professor Dinesh Mohan from JNU, who was a part of the team, told DNA, “If the stubble waste is burnt inside closed furnaces in absence of oxygen, it will produce a substance called Biochar, which is extremely useful for the soil in many ways. It canw improve soil quality, act as an agent to retain water and even cut down harmful effects of chemical fertilizers. By discarding the waste this way, there will be a dual advantage – there will not be any pollution and we can get a usable substance.”“We came up with this solution to stubble burning and have already submitted our report to the Department of Science and Technology, but they have not acted upon the solution at the policy level so far,” he added.“We suggested that the government can give incentives to farmers for conducting pyrolysis of stubble, instead of burning it in the open. They can either take the waste to factories where the process happens in furnaces at a large level. Industries will have to come forward for this. The other way of doing it is by constructing a completely covered mud hut-kind of structure under which the waste is burned without oxygen. Either way, it is not a very difficult thing to do, but needs some initiation from the policy makers,” said Professor Mohan.Upon burning one tonne of straw, 3kg particulate matter is produced which contains 60kg carbon monoxide, 1460kg of carbon dioxide and 199kg ash, the team found while researching on the bad effects of stubble burning.According to the research, stubble burning also deteriorates the nutritional value of soil and leads to 100 percent carbon loss, 90 percent nitrogen loss, 25 percent phosphorus loss and 60 percent sulphur loss. Formation of biochar is known for restoring the nutrient loss in soil as well, which is why scientists are considering it as the best solution.REMEDIAL STEPSBiochar can be made either at an industrial level inside furnaces or by farmers with a structure of mud.
Stubble needs to be burnt inside a closed chamber in absence of oxygen, which will convert the stubble into Biochar instead of ash. Biochar helps improve soil quality

Engg students barred from exams for attendance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hundreds of engineering students of the Indus University were barred from appearing for retest of their last semester examination on Tuesday for not having the required attendance.While some of them staged a protest, the university management held a meeting that lasted for nearly three hours to find a solution to the issue.An engineering student requesting anonymity said, “I will fail if I am not allowed to appear for exams. This is a way to charge extra fees from students.”Professor Bhanu Pratap Sharma, head of the Department of Architecture, Indus, said, “As per UGC, students have been asked to maintain their attendance. Some do not have sufficient attendance and hence were not allowed to sit for the exams.”Rohit Singh, who was the president of the Office of Student Affairs and graduated in July this year, said, “The university has mandated 80% attendance from last year. However, it has been lenient and even allowed those with 60% attendance to appear for exams this year. But, nearly 50% engineering students do not have the minimum required attendance and were barred from appearing for exams.”He added, “Today, I received a call from some faculty members as well as students. I will visit the university on Wednesday to sort out the matter. It is mulling over to give grace to students who had genuine issues like medical problem due to which they could not attend classes.”Singh said he was made the president of the Office of Student Affairs in 2014 after students created ruckus. “For the next two years, I acted as a bridge between the management and the students, and actually made them understand the importance of attending classes.”

UGC orders 123 institutes to drop tag of ‘university’

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

CU case: PMO official assures of help

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PK Mishra, Additional Principal Secretary at the Prime Minister Office (PMO), promised to look into the matter of Central University of Rajasthan, whose students have been on hunger strike from the last four days.Mishra, who was the chief guest at the fourth convocation ceremony of the university, said that he was not aware of the all the mishap taking place at the institution and has assured assistance.It is to be noted that students of the Kishangarh-based university have gone on an indefinite hunger strike demanding resignation of the vice chancellor of the university, who they accuse of indulging corrupt practices.About 300 students went on a hunger strike on Monday to protest against the university while the ceremony proceeded peacefully inside the campus.“He has hired teachers who had been rusticated from Central University of Jharkhand two years ago and were rejected from CU Raj. How can they be eligible now? Also, as many as 43 posts have been give to teachers from Odisha. He thinks himself to be very powerful as he has connections in PMO. We are children of army men and are being troubled without any reason,” said Yadvendra Singh Shekhawat, MA student.Shekhawat said that he was arrested by the local police on Sunday without giving any specific reason. “DSW of the university is threatening to fail students in the examinations if they continue the strike,” Shekhawat added.His entry was barred by the university “keeping in view the safety and security measures” during the convocation ceremony.As many as 486 students received their degrees, while 22 were given gold medals for their meritorious performance during the convocation ceremony.CONVOCATIONDespite protest, the convocation ceremony proceeded peacefully.
PK Mishra,Additional Principal Secretary at the Prime Minister Office
As many as 486 students received their degrees, while 22 were given gold medals for their meritorious performance during the convocation ceremony. UP IN ARMSIt is to be noted that students of the Kishangarh-based university have gone on an indefinite hunger strike demanding resignation of the vice chancellor of the university, who they accuse of indulging corrupt practices.

AMU prof denies wife’s allegation of divorce through WhatsApp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after an Aligarh Muslim University professor’s wife alleged that she had become the victim of instant triple talaq, saying her husband divorced her through WhatsApp, the professor denied the allegations. He said he had sent her a notice and informed her verbally.Two months after the Supreme Court ruling against instant triple talaq, Yasmeen Khalid, the wife of AMU professor Khalid Bin Yusuf Khan alleged that Yusuf Khan gave her talaq on WhatsApp and threatened to commit suicide if she does not get justice.Defending himself, Khan said he gave her talaq verbally in the presence of two other people and later sent her a notice through post which she refused to accept. “It is the same notice that I sent to her on WhatsApp. And that too after informing her verbally. Now where does the question of instant talaq arise?Khan said there is no question of Yasmeen becoming a victim as she is living in his house. “I have been living outside in a rented accommodation.”Khan called his wife’s claims a conspiracy to malign his name and AMU. “My wife is associated with the Samajwadi Party and this attempt of her is just a way to gain political mileage out of the situation. Her party wants to malign our university.”A five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court in August termed the practice of triple talaq “unconstitutional” and asked Parliament to make a new law on the issue in six months. If the law doesn’t come into force in six months, the SC’s injunction on triple talaq would continue, the apex court held.

MU staff fear repeat of results chaos

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as officials at the University are trying to ensure that the On-Screen Marking (OSM) system for the upcoming winter semester examinations goes smoothly, teachers and principals are anxious that the mess might repeat.In recent meetings and training sessions conducted by the varsity, several teachers raised concerns over the glitches in the OSM system as they fear the varsity is still not prepared for the overhaul. “Even as the university claims to have fixed all the issues with respect to OSM, one cannot anticipate how the assessment will be for the winter semester. The first time around, even after fixing the system and training sessions, several issues with respect to teacher tagging and mixing of papers did arise,” said a teacher from a college in south Mumbai on the condition of anonymity.This year, the varsity has decided to send letters and emails to all the teachers eligible to assess papers. Even as the varsity has created a master list of 14,000 eligible teachers, principals are doubtful that this would translate into more number of evaluators.”A large number of teachers in colleges for courses in commerce, management, law, etc are appointed on a temporary basis. Such teachers cannot be compelled to evaluate papers thus leading to fewer papers being evaluated each day,” said a college principal.INEXPERIENCEDDNA had reported that 3,700 teachers of various colleges and university departments have not evaluated a single paper of the summer examinations.

Smog returns, leaves Delhi-NCR gasping

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a brief respite, the national Capital again woke up to thick smog on Sunday, with the air quality index (AQI) clocking at 400 and shooting past the ‘severe’ category. The AQI in the morning stood at 460, while the prescribed standards for pollutants is 60.According to the weather experts, in the early morning, a dense fog cover engulfed the city and the visibility reduced to less than 500 m. Even as pollution levels have spiked, the schools are set to reopen on Monday. The Delhi government had shut down all schools in the city till Sunday, in view of the toxic air. Also, all outdoor activities at the schools were suspended.According to the Meteorological (Met) Department, a change in the wind pattern reduced its speed again, collecting more dust over the northern parts of the country. With slight rains expected on November 14-15, the situation might improve a bit, they said.”The pattern is likely to stay in Delhi-NCR, as the south westerly winds are bringing moisture while the north westerly winds are bringing dust particles. The forecast given to us by the Met department suggests that the air quality could improve between Tuesday and Wednesday, when slight showers are expected. The showers will wash away the dust particles suspended in the air,” said Vivek Chattopadhyaya, senior scientist and project manager, Clean Air Campaign, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE).The values for pollution are measured against PM 2.5 — the most prominent pollutant in Delhi. The figures are measured in micrograms per cubic meters.All eight air quality monitoring stations under the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecast and Research (SAFAR) recorded PM 2.5 levels past 500 in ‘severe plus’ category, even during the evening — Delhi University (593), IGIA T3 (521), Lodhi Road (564) , Pusa (525), Dhirpur (518), Pitampura (572), Mathura Road (635), and Noida (568).According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, Anand Vihar in east Delhi, one of the major pollution hotspots, recorded PM 2.5 levels at 636. Even worse, at the Delhi Technological University (DTU) in Rohini, the concentrations were as high as 726.A dark blanket of haze enveloped Delhi-NCR, with citizens complaining of breathlessness and teary eyes. “It was bad on Sunday morning. I had gone out to play cricket. The haze was such that nothing could be seen. There was irritation in my eyes throughout the day and my throat felt dusty,” said Gole Market resident Naveen Bhatia.The Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution Prevention and Control (EPCA), has asked all states on board, including Haryana, Punjab, UP, and Rajasthan to stop all construction and demolition activities and sprinkle water on roads and at construction sites, besides banning the entry of trucks to Delhi (except those carrying essential commodities).PM 2.5 LEVELDelhi: 460Bhiwadi: 447Faridabad: 468Noida: 568Ghaziabad: 498Gurugram: 460

MU allows Elphinstone stampede victim to write exam from home

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a special arrangement of sorts, the University of Mumbai allowed a 19-year-old BCom student to write his exam from his home on Friday morning. Akash Parab, a victim of the Elphinstone stampede tragedy, was allowed to write his first paper from his Vikhroli home.On September 29, Akash and his brother Rohit had gone to the flower market in Parel to pick up flowers which could be sold at the family-owned shop in Bhandup. The duo was then caught in the stampede and while Akash suffered a few injuries, his brother, Rohit, lost his life. Keeping behind the huge tragedy, Akash appeared for his first paper — Financial Accounting — less than two months after the incident.A student of Bhandup’s Ramanand DAV College, Akash was given one additional hour to write his paper by the university. “The university has allowed Akash to appear for all his papers from his residence. A team of officials from the university and a nearby college visited his house on Friday with the question paper and answer sheet. He was given additional time and was provided all the necessary support,” said Leeladhar Bansod, spokesperson, University of Mumbai.Elated that he could give his exam, Akash said that he is now looking forward to writing all his papers well. “A huge tragedy struck us as we lost my brother and I had injuries all over. I thought that I would have to miss my exam as the doctor has not allowed me to walk,” said Akash while speaking to DNA.

Pollution due to stubble burning, Odd-Even won’t help: JNU study

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A study by researchers at Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) department of environmental sciences has stated that measures like the Odd-Even scheme will not help in controlling pollution levels that the Capital is currently witnessing, as it is not the vehicular pollution but stubble burning in fields in neighbouring states that is causing the air quality to worsen.Researchers studied pollution patterns between October 1 and November 10, 2016, when air quality had touched similar severe levels as last three-four days and found that it was mainly stubble burning from farm fields in Punjab and Haryana that contributed to the air quality going bad while other things like crackers and vehicular pollution did not have much effect.Last year, Diwali fell in the beginning of November when the air quality was already at ‘severe’ levels worsened after. The research, however, shows that crackers contributed very little to pollution levels.”We conducted a study on pollution patterns in Delhi and NCR for a similar period of 2016. We studied the material present in pollutants and found that it was mainly carbonaceous material,” said JNU professor AP Dimri who headed the research team.”Things like nitrogen and sulphur, present in crackers were not present in a significant amounts. On further study, we found a large amount of biomass and residue of cow dung in the pollutants, which is not emitted by diesel burning, which means vehicles are not causing that kind of pollution,” he addedAs a way, for controlling the severe pollution in the Capital, the government had on Thursday announced that Odd-Even vehicle scheme should be implemented in Delhi for a week starting on Monday. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is going to hold a meeting on Saturday to discuss its implementation.RESEARCHERS SAIDDespite the ban on crackers during Diwali, there is no change in pollution levels Mainly due to farm residue burning in neighbouring states that worsened air quality Pollutants affected by weather conditions make particles settle in the air

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.

As deadly smog continues in Delhi, foreign nationals in dilemma to ‘leave’ or ‘stay’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The worsening air quality in Delhi has left the expats in a dilemma about whether to continue living in the national capital or leave for their respective countries.Emily Bild, a professional from the UK, says her family which also has two toddlers has been acclimatising in Delhi, but is in a dilemma whether to leave or stay here.”We have three air purifiers in the house. We have also installed an air quality monitor in the house now and my two-year-old son and three-year-old daughter are moving around with masks.”But if the air quality continues to remain the same, I don’t think we have an option other than going back,” she added.Gracy Theo, a psychology student at Delhi University, said, “I am not moving out and just staying indoors. I am feeling nauseating as I step out but I cannot leave my course midway so have to somehow deal with the situation.”Similar thoughts were echoed by Kiran Stacey, a foreign correspondent working here.”It looks disgusting, it feels disgusting. It’s clearly damaging for anybody who is out in this really badly polluted air. I would have loved to go back or at least stay indoors but I had to report on the demonetisation anniversary so had to be in the field today,” he said.Hanne Meldgard, the acting ambassador of Norway, said, “We have an air cleaning system and we are trying to stay indoors as much as we can.”A toxic haze hanging over Delhi thickened on Wednesday, leading to near zero visibility at many places, even as air quality slid further.The air quality index of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had a score of 487 on a scale of 500, indicating ‘severe’ levels of pollution, which can affect even healthy people and “seriously impact” those with existing diseases.

1,641 students awarded degree at Nirma convocation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 1,641 students were awarded degrees at the 24th Annual Convocation of the Nirma University on Monday.The university said in a statement that degrees were conferred upon 17 PhD students, 358 MTech students, 68 MCA students, 891 BTech students, 90 BPharm students, 39 MPharm students, 81 MSc students, 16 LLM students, 7 BA LLB students and one BCom LLB student.NK Verma, MD and CEO of ONGC Videsh Limited, who was the chief guest, also handed over 38 medals to 36 students. In his address, Verma asked students to follow the principle – SEEK, which stands for Skilling, Employability and Entrepreneurship, built on the foundation of learning to harness Knowledge.”Learning alone will not contribute to nation building. How you harness that learning to make yourself more valuable is the key to employability. Be always aware that learning may come from education, but wisdom comes from living,” he said.Four BBA LLB students, a MBA student, 26 BBA students and 42 students of Diploma in Engineering were also awarded degrees at the convocation.EVENT HIGHLIGHTSNK Verma, MD and CEO of ONGC Videsh Limited, who was the chief guest, also handed over 38 medals to 36 students. He asked students to follow the principle – SEEK —Skilling, Employability and Entrepreneurship, built on Knowledge. Four BBA LLB students, an MBA student, 26 BBA students and 42 students of Diploma in Engineering also got degrees.

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