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Reported by Pinkvilla.com on March 6, 2015 Why ban 'India's Daughter'? Questions remain | PINKVILLA Excerpt: "Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt makes a pertinent point when he says: "A flourishing Democracy relies upon access to a wide range of opinions and sources of information. Our laws & our guardians of culture sometimes silence opinions in a manner that they hurt the democratic spirit of our nation."
sanjaypatkar posted a topic in RTI in MediaNew Delhi, June 14: The human resource development ministry has rejected concerns raised by deemed universities over the new regulations governing them. The ministry has decided against amending the legally binding rules aimed at improving standards of education at these institutions. HRD minister Kapil Sibal has asked officials to implement the new UGC regulations for deemed universities without any amendments, senior government officials have said. The ministry has prepared a point-by-point rebuttal of arguments made by the deemed universities, led by Pune-based Symbiosis International. This rebuttal will be used by the ministry to take on any possible legal challenges from deemed universities. Deemed universities were till now regulated merely by guidelines with no legal sanctity, fuelling frequent allegations from students, parents and other stakeholders that some of these institutions were misleading students or providing substandard education. In April, the UGC notified the country’s first legally binding regulations on deemed universities. Reported first by The Telegraph, the regulations require institutions to earn the highest possible rating from accreditation agencies to be eligible for the deemed tag, which allows them to offer degrees. Under these regulations, institutions must be in existence for at least 15 years before seeking the deemed label — the earlier guidelines required 10 years of existence. An HRD ministry review team that found 88 of India’s 130 deemed universities unfit for the tag noted in its report that many deemed universities were using distance education to offer substandard programmes. The new regulations have banned all deemed universities from offering distance education. These also bar the president of the society sponsoring the deemed university from being made chancellor. They explicitly bar these institutions from dropping the “deemed-to-be” prefix to their names. to call themselves universities, thereby confusing ordinary students who may not know that these institutions are not full-fledged varsities answerable to legislative bodies. Vidya Yeravadekar, director of Pune-based deemed university Symbiosis International and member of the UGC, had in an email to Sibal argued that against many of the new rules. She had also indicated that her views reflected those of several other deemed universities. barring the president of the sponsoring society of a deemed university from the chancellor’s post blocks private enterprises from entering higher education. But the ministry argued that allowing the president of the funding society to become chancellor — the apex authority of the institution — would make the institutions susceptible to pressures over appointments. The ministry’s review team had said that many deemed universities were being run like family fiefdoms, not educational institutions. The ministry also rejected Yeravadekar’s proposal to allow deemed universities to drop the “deemed-to-be” prefix from their names, arguing that such a move would confuse students. Yeravadekar had argued against a regulation which requires the government of the state — where the institution is located — to agree to safeguard the interests of students of the institution if its deemed tag is withdrawn. She argued that state governments were too slow to respond to requests. But the HRD ministry has argued that state governments must be taken on board before granting deemed status to an institution. This, officials argue, was crucial because state universities may have to admit students from deemed universities that shut shop or are stripped of their deemed tag. Yeravadkar has also argued against banning deemed varsities from offering distance education courses. The HRD ministry has cited the findings of the review panel to justify its move. Rap on IIT The Central Information Commission (CIC) has ordered IIT Kharagpur to fine two senior officers Rs 15,000 each for “harassing” a professor at the institute who sought information under the Right to Information Act. The CIC has also ordered the IIT to pay Rs 5,000 as compensation to the appellant, computer science professor Rajeev Kumar. This is the first time that IIT Kharagpur officials have been fined. The order came after the two officials tried to blame another for delay in providing information to Kumar.Kumar had asked for details of judges who had lectured at the Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law at IIT Kharagpur. Registrar T.K. Ghoshal and officer on special duty T.K. Mukherjee had blamed V.C. Vivekanandanan, former dean of the law school, for the delay, arguing that he had not provided them information to forward to the appellant. But the CIC concluded that Ghoshal and Mukherjee were wrongly trying to blame Vivekanandanan when they were responsible for the delay. In its order, the CIC also recorded that Ghoshal had warned Kumar that he was “cutting his own hand” by pursuing the case. For full story visit :- The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Nation | HRD sticks to rules for deemed varsities
Dear Sir, This company makes perfumes worth more than 2 crore every month and sell all over india. Though they have only licence to refill perfume for a limited quantity, they are making huge quantities. not only that they use illegal banned ALCOHOL to fill perfumes and the grade alcohol they are using to refill the perfume bottles is baned in India. By using this brand 'XXXXX' or 'YYYYYYY' or ZZZZZZZ Perfumes can cause health problems We need some one to take this matter serious now. Company make perfume using illegal and baned ALCOHOL is . ABCDEFGHIJK and PQRSTUVWXYZ. Brands they make are AAAAA, BBBBB, CCCCCC, DDDDDD, XXXXX, YYYYY , ZZZZZZ , ZZZZZZ EEEE, FFFFFF, ETC Also we came to know they sell 90% of the stocks with out bill, by not paying excise duty, they dont sales tax (vat). there is so much revenue loss to India govt. I hope there is some action taken.
The butt stops here as reported by Sanchita Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, October 02, 2008 From today, smoking in all public places, including restaurants and offices, is banned. But some states, such as Maharashtra and Bihar, say they are not in a position to implement the ban. On its part, the Centre says it is helpless and can do little about ensuring enforcement. “I have written to governors, chief ministers and health ministers requesting them to implement the law as the Centre is not empowered to implement it. Each state has the option of empowering an authorised officer to collect the fine on the spot or issue a challan that requires the offender to pay the fine at a designated court. What the states want to do with the money collected is also for them to decide,” says Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss. The law, says Ramadoss, empowers non-smokers to demand an environment free of tobacco smoke. “All citizens now have the right to a smoke-free environment, so people can file Public Interest Litigations or use the Right to Information Act to force their states to implement the ban,” he adds. While some states and Union Territories such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Kerala had already banned smoking in public places, the new Central law will ensure that private offices and restaurants also become smoke-free. The new ban limits smoking to personal spaces like homes and cars. People breaking the law will be fined Rs 200. “The new law clarifies the scope of public place, open space and restaurants as there was some confusion about it,” says Ramadoss. According to Indian Council of Medical Research, tobacco kills over 10 lakh people in India every year — that’s 3,000 every day. The butt stops here- Hindustan Times See this related post http://www.rtiindia.org/forum/906-chandigarh-become-indias-first-smoke-free-city.html