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karira posted a topic in RTI in MediaMumbai University to start certificate course on RTI Perhaps a first in India, the department of civics and politics at Mumbai University is set to start a six month certificate course on RTI Act, to empower those struggling to learn its use. The course, likely to start from January 2015, aims at targeting social activists, journalists, bureaucrats and members of civil society, to ensure more effective use of the tool. "The idea has been conceived recently and we are still working on its extensive details. An expert committee will soon be formed to workout the syllabus and other details of the course," said Dr Surrendra Jondhale, HoD of civics and politics, Mumbai University. The department in collaboration with NGOs like Mahiti Adhikar Manch is organising a convention, "Western India Convention on Right to Information" on June 7 and 8. The convention aims at discussing every aspect related to the Act. "In the past eight years ever since the inception of the RTI Act, 40 RTI activists have been killed and 150 injured. We have been demanding a need for a special fast-track court for all such individuals, who were attacked or killed for raising their voice. At the end of this convention, we want to finalise a list of resolutions and demands that will strengthen the use of this Act," said Bhaskar Prabhu, convener of Mahiti Adhikar Manch. Read More: Mumbai University to start certificate course on RTI | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis
Anandkpandey posted a question in Ask for RTI SupportHello I have filed a RTI university if Mumbai to seek information related to a college which is recognized by university and UGC recognized with NAAC accreditation. and they replied on my first appeal after 3 months that they can not reveal any information as they are an charitable minority institutions, I want the confirmation that weather they are excluded from the RTI act 2005 or not, & if yes then a reference to same would help. the exact line that they quoted is "As per section 11(1) of RTI Act, 2005 the Public information officer, is required to invite suggestion in written or orally from third party wheather the information sought be disclosed the third party. In this regard the concerned office has conveyed to the undersign that they are a charitable minority institution and are not covered under RTI act 2005. Hence we are not able to disclose the third party information" Thanks in advance Anand
r.s.mahanti posted a question in Ask for RTI SupportHi Friends, As most of you know, Mumbai University offers many distance education courses from its kalina campus. I have noticed a malpractice in the conduct of the course. The university charges for study materials. But most of the time I have noticed, the study material are provided very late. The quality of study material is also very bad. Most of the time it is a direct copy from the books of foreign authors. Many times, they do not provide study material for all the books also. Since they have charged for the study material, Its their responsibility to provide all the study materials. E.g. Mumbai university is offering MSc IT from its Kalina campus. It have 8 subjects for the first year.The university has provided 2-3 books to the students and told them to purchase remaining books. Now I want to file an RTI regarding this. I want to ask following questions: 1)Who decides how much amount should be charged from students for study material? What is the procedure to decide that? What are the factors are taken into account while deciding the amount. (I am writing in Hindi from now as I am more comfortable with it.) 2)Study material ke liye author kaun decide karta hai? Uske liye procedure kya hai? Study material ki quality check karne ke liye kya controls hai? 3)Study material se related complaint lene ke liye koi mechanism hai kya? 4)Kai courses mein students ko saare books nahin diye jaate(as I have given the example of MSc IT). Who takes that decision? 5)Who is responsible for providing study materials on time? Time pe study material nahi arrange hua, to us situation se nipatne ke liye kya mechanism hai? 6)Kisi student ne study material na milne ki complaint ki to us ke liye kya mechanism hai? 7)University students ko saare book nahi de paayi to study material ke liye jo amount charge kiya gaya hai, uska refund hota hai kya? Uske liye kya mechanism hai? 8)If that money is not refunded, To us paise ka kya use kiya gaya? I can think of only this much. Kindly you guys think for some more and give it a professional touch. Frame the questions properly. I don’t want to leave a back door for them, jis se wo bahane baji karke bach jaaye. Kindly help me in framing the questions. If anyone prepares the entire format and the questions and upload here, I will be very thankful to him.
As reported by Kiran Vadhwa at hindustantimes.com on November 15, 2010 Opposition to the appointment of Rajan Welukar as vice-chancellor of Mumbai University refuses to die down, with a section of the academic fraternity now citing information obtained through an RTI query to question the quality of the research work cited by him while applying for the post. The curriculum vitae (CV) of Welukar and others short-listed for the post by the search committee, have been obtained through an RTI application filed by a Delhi-based activist. The academicians, who spoke on condition of anonymity, claimed that Welukar, who has listed around 12 research publications in the CV, has included two that were yet to be published at the time and a third that he was still working on. The academicians have also alleged that four more research publications cited by Welukar cannot be considered publications. A copy of Welukar’s CV is with the Hindustan Times. Despite repeated attempts, Welukar was unavailable for comment. Welukar’s appointment has already been challenged in court. Public Interest Litigations by different individuals have stated that Welukar does not have the requisite experience to be appointed as Vice-Chancellor and that his appointment was in “violation” of University Grants Commission guidelines. According to the new regulations drawn up by the state in 2009, a Vice-Chancellor must have a minimum of five research publications in peer-reviewed/referred international research journals after getting a PhD. The academicians alleged that Welukar had barely managed to fulfill this criterion. “When you compare his [Welukar’s] CV with those of other candidates, the quality and quantity of his [Welukar’s] publications are far below. Also, if regulations say that a candidate should list only research publications, why has he listed problems submitted by him to journals as well as yet-to-be published works,” an academician asked. Replying to a query posed by an academician, Brigitte Servatius, the editor-in-chief of the Pi Mu-Epsilon Journal, which Welukar has listed in his CV, said that Welukar had only posed a problem in the journal. “Problems are edited by the problems’ editor, who will do a peer review, but publishing a problem is by nature not equivalent to publishing a paper,” Servatius said.
As reported by Alok Deshpande at dnaindia.com on September 8, 2010 The fire extinguishers one sees in the historic Fort campus of Mumbai University are a reassuring sight. But they are merely a reassuring sight. An RTI query by a students’ organisation has found that all the extinguishers are probably out of order. Some were installed eight or nine years ago and have far exceeded their lifespan. The ones which are more recent — bought about two years ago — were installed without proper testing. “This shows the degree of negligence by the authorities towards the university building, which is a heritage structure,” said Nilesh Bhosale of the Maharashtra Navnirman Vidyarthi Sena (MNVS), which had filed the RTI application. “The university has not mentioned anything about the testing of old fire extinguishers,” Bhosale said. “The authorities should answer whether the old extinguishers are out of order. And if they are, why do we need them?” Bhosale said even training procedures for operating the extinguishers have not been carried out properly. “The university said information on this may be available with security officials. Does that mean the university authorities have no knowledge of security procedures on the campus?” The query revealed that the extinguishers have not been tested for two years, because of the unavailability of soda acid. Also, the authorities have no information whether fire-safety guidelines have been issued to the affiliated colleges. Vice-chancellor Dr Rajan Welukar told DNA, “Proper action would be taken within a few months.”
As reported by Yogita Rao at dnaindia.com on March 13, 2010 Mumbai: If the reply to an RTI application is to be believed, Vasanthi Kadhiravan, the reader for the physical education department of the Mumbai University, does not have the requisite qualifications. Kadhiravan was recently promoted to the post of in-charge head of department and also holds the position of the chairman of board of studies. The RTI was filed by research student Santosh Gangurde. “I approached every college she claimed to have worked with and tallied her claims with the University Grants Commission (UGV) norms,” said Gangurde, who is a member of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena. According to Gangurde, Kadhiravan doesn’t have research experience and claims she has 13 years of teaching experience at Narsee Monjee College as director of physical education. However, in another RTI, the college said they didn’t have the course. When contacted, Kadhiravan said: “I meet all the requirements of the UGC. The director’s post is considered as a teaching experience.” A reader guides students aspiring for doctorate. A reader must have a doctorate, five years of research experience and teaching experience at the under-graduate and post-graduate level. Source: Varsity reader is not eligible for post: RTI - dnaindia.com