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Najeeb Ahmed missing case: Court reserves order on CBI plea
New Delhi, Nov 15: A court here on Wednesday reserved order on a CBI plea for a polygraphy test on nine students in connection with missing Jawaharlal Nehru University student Najeeb Ahmed. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal reserved order after counsel for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and JNU students concluded their arguments. The CBI has sought a lie-detection test on the nine students to ascertain facts related to the case. Students' counsel Vishwa Bhushan Arya and Ujjwal Kumar told the court that, as per the National Human Rights Commission, the lie-detector test is not authorized by law and must be regarded as illegal unless it is voluntarily accepted. The council urged the court to dismiss the plea, terming it "premature and not maintainable". The council said that summoning the students to record their consent or refusal is nothing but coercive exercise. In an earlier hearing, the court had allowed the CBI ...




Winds of change: Muslim girls embrace education, aim high
There is a general perception that Muslim women rarely pursue higher education, or go for competitive exams, and the social odds are stacked even higher once they get married and have kids. But women like Tasneem challenge such stereotypes. Abu Zafar, Katihar (Bihar)/Azamgarh/New Delhi, Nov 14: For Ghazala Tasneem, October 31 was not a normal day. It was the day her dream came true and she was rewarded for her hard struggle of three years. She was selected for the Bihar Judicial Services Competitive Examination with 65th rank and can soon aspire to be a judge."Indeed, it was difficult, but thanks to Allah, due to the continuous support and motivation from my husband and other family members, I have achieved what I deserved," says Tasneem, a housewife from Katihar district of Bihar with two sons.There is a general perception that Muslim women rarely pursue higher education, or go for competitive exams, and the social odds are stacked even higher once they get married a...




Ryan student who wanted exams postponed killed Pradhuman, says CBI
New Delhi, Nov 9: In a dramatic twist to the murder of a Class 2 student of Ryan International School in Gurugram, the CBI on Wednesday said the crime was committed by a 16-year-old student of the school who wanted to delay upcoming exams. The revelation derailed Haryana Police's claim that a school bus conductor, in jail since then, was the killer.A court in Gurugram in Haryana on Wednesday evening sent the Class 11 student, whose name is being withheld, to three days in CBI custody after declaring him a juvenile.CBI spokesperson Abhishek Dayal said the student was detained on Tuesday night as the prime suspect in the gory September 8 murder of Pradhuman Thakur that had earlier led to the arrest of the conductor who Haryana Police insisted had committed the murder.The CBI said the fresh development came after "inspection of the crime spot, scrutiny of CCTV footage, call records, statements and questioning of several people" that revealed the suspect had carried a knife to th...




Delhi schools, colleges to shut till Sunday due to pollution
Delhi, Nov 8: All schools and colleges in Delhi will remain shut till Sunday due to alarming levels of pollution, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Wednesday."Delhi's air quality is getting worse. In this situation, there can be no compromise on children's health," Sisodia, also the Education Minister, said in a tweet.The directive came as the air quality in Delhi and NCR dropped to the "severe" level with an average range of dangerous PM2.5 particles measured at 475 micrograms per cubic meter in the region.The "severe" level between 400 and 500 of PM2.5 "affects healthy people and seriously impacts those with existing diseases", according to Central Pollution Control Board.(IANS)




Students' union issue at Jamia Millia Islamia : students call off hunger strike, SIO calls for nationwide support to restore union
IndiaTomorrow.netNew Delhi, Nov 2: On the assurance from the Vice Chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) to resolve the issue of restoring the Students’ Union at the campus, students called off their nine day long hunger strike on Thursday. Students are hopeful that in a meeting with the administration scheduled on Monday, varsity will allow to hold union elections in the campus. Students however said that they will continue their struggle till their demands are met.On Wednesday a delegation of students met VC along with other administrative officials. Admin has scheduled another meeting on Monday to talk on legal points and assured students that varsity will hold union elections if the students’ delegation ensure them no legal hindrance that amounts contempt of court as the case is sub-judice and pending in Delhi High Court.  One student, Meeran Haider among those who were sitting on hunger strike, was admitted in Holy Family hospital on Tuesday due to h...




Patna HC orders equal pay for contractual teachers in Bihar
Patna, Oct 31: The Patna High Court in a historical verdict on Tuesday said the demand of thousands of school teachers on contract in Bihar of equal pay for equal work is right and has to be made applicable.After hearing the petition of contractual teachers, a division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Anil Kumar said it is unconstitutional and violation of constitutional provisions if equal pay for equal work is not being paid.In their petition, the contractual teachers said that they have been discriminated in connection with equal pay for equal work in the state.The High Court's order comes as a relief for nearly 3.5 lakh contractual teachers in Bihar.The contractual teachers had staged protests earlier demanding the right to equal pay for equal work. Their main demand was for parity of salary with the government school teachers.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had earlier expressed his disappointment with the protests and declared that their demands for parity of salary ...




Students' Union at Jamia Millia: Hunger strike of students enters 5th day
Students allege that the university administration is showing apathy towards their issues and that is why they need students' union. Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net New Delhi, Oct 29: While India's premier central university, Jamia Millia Islamia is celebrating its 97th Foundation Day today, some students are on indefinite hunger strike for five days inside the campus demanding restoration of the students' union. Meeran Haider, one of the protesters, was admitted in the Holy Family hospital on Sunday as his health condition deteriorated. He was on hunger strike from the day one.   Speaking to IndiaTomorrow.net from the hospital, Meeran, an M.Phil student of Jamia, said, "I am in hospital as my health has deteriorated. I am not able to speak properly. I have not eaten anything yet and will never eat till our demand to restore students' union is met." Restoration of students' union and holding elections annually are the 12-year-old demands of the J...




JNU vice chancellor unfit for post: Teachers' body says after 5-day long 'public enquiry'
Enforcing the legitimacy of the public hearing, said to be first of its kind against a VC in the country, JNUTA said that this enquiry was sufficient evidence in itself that there was something seriously wrong in the university.  Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net New Delhi, Oct 28: The five-day long ‘Public Enquiry' by Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Association (JNUTA) has found Vice Chancellor M Jagadish Kumar ‘guilty' of all the charges laid out against him in the charge memorandum. In the enquiry that ended on Friday, the jury also suggested that in case Prof. Kumar does not step down on his own, a class-action litigation or an appeal for Visitor's inquiry could be the route toremove him. President of India is Visitor of the central university.   The major charges that were framed against the VC included repeated violation of statutory provisions and obligations, undermining watchdog body GSCASH (Gender Sensitization Committee against Sexual Haras...




JNUSU seeks UGC intervene for reinstatement of GSCASH
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 28: Agitating against the decision of Jawaharlal Nehru University to dissolve GSCASH (Gender Sensitization Committee against Sexual Harassment) and replace it with Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), the students union of the university has urged the University Grants Commission (UGC) to intervene in the matter.   Holding a protest march on Friday outside the UGC office in New Delhi, they demanded reinstatement of an effective and gender sensitive body like GSCASH that is not controlled by the varsity administration and entrusted with the task of delivering justice in cases of sexual harassment and gender based violence in campus. A delegation of the JNU Students Union submitted a memorandum with the UGC officials in this regard.   "It is important to notice that GSCASH is autonomous. If the Vice Chancellor is controlling the ICC, how would we trust that something concrete will happen if a case is filed against any...




Jamia students go on hunger strike seeking restoration of students' union
The students observing the hunger strike say they resorted to this step as the university has not heeded to their representations in the last one and half years. Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 26: Reinforcing their long pending demand for restoration of the students' union in the campus, some students of Jamia Millia Islamia(JMI) have begun indefinite hunger strike - today was its second day. While students allege that the university administration is showing apathy towards their issues and that is why they need students union, the university says the case about students union is pending in the court and so it cannot restore the union before the final verdict.   The students observing the hunger strike say they resorted to this step as the university has not heeded to their representations in the last one and half years. They have also held some protests in the campus this October.    "The first memorandum from students was given t...




Former journalist striving to light a dark Delhi slum with education
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 25: This young Mass Communication graduate has frequented this slum in South Delhi for several months to enlighten the dwellers about the importance of education. She wanted that the future of slum children does not become dark like she had feared about her own when she was a school-going child and her father had suddenly passed away.   After weeks and months of efforts, Sana Khan was able to convince them to send their children to school but as there was none in the slum called Shram Vihar on the Delhi-Noida border, she set up a school in a make-shift structure there. With three women teachers, including herself, she has been teaching about 150 children - their fathers are either jobless and addicted or menial laborers and mothers work in flats in nearby posh colonies to keep the kitchen afire.       The locality is a classic example of two socio-economic extremes in India. On one side of the Delhi-Noida Hig...




How results of UP Judicial Services Exams 2016 busted a myth about AMU
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, Aligarh, Oct 24: Even as the central government is opposing the minority character of Aligarh Muslim University on the premise that a centrally-funded institution cannot be minority-specific, the latest results of the Uttar Pradesh Judicial Services Exams 2016 have demolished a myth created about the university for long.   That 10 of the successful candidates for the post of civil judges are from AMU should be enough to remove the tag of non-performer recently attached to the varsity in a government report.   ALSO READ: AMU's answer to minority tag is nanotech, solar research   But the results have demolished a bigger negative tag, rather myth - that AMU is sort of a madrasa where only Muslim students study.   Of the 10 graduates of AMU who have recently qualified to become civil judges, seven are not Muslim.   These candidates were offered coaching by AMU's Residential Coaching Academy. The Uttar Pradesh Judicial ...




Duty Society, a quarter century older than AMU, celebrates Sir Syed's 200th birth anniversary
AMU should endeavour to get Nobel Prize: Salman Khurshid  IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 24: This past 17th October was 200th birthday of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the founder of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU). Like every year, alumni associations of AMU celebrated the birth anniversary as Sir Syed Day in India and abroad. Duty Society, an institution founded more than 25 years before AMU and which played a pivotal role in the establishment of the university, also organized a special event on the occasion at Delhi's India International Centre.   Duty Society celebrated the bicentenary of Sir Syed by discussing the great works done by him and the scope of widening his mission and vision, as he would have wanted it to be.   Distinguished speakers included persons associated with AMU like Mr. Salman Khurshid whose birth place is the VC Lodge of AMU; Prof. B.S. Panwar (VC- Sharda University), former alumnus of AMU; Dr. Syed Shahid Mahdi, AMU alumnus, former Faculty Memb...




JNU teachers demand Vice Chancellor's removal
New Delhi, Oct 24: Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Association (JNUTA) on Monday held a mock 'public trial' of varsity Vice Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar and sought his removal after holding him "guilty" on several counts.Kumar was held "guilty" for, among other things, allegedly bypassing the JNU Academic Council and tweaking minutes of its previous meetings not consented to by members.The "jury" comprised Delhi University Professors Nandita Narain and Apoorvanand, JNU Professors P.K. Yadav and Prabhat Patnaik (emeritus), and senior journalist Akshaya Mukul.The 'public trial' was held on the Sabarmati lawns on the campus, which began with reading of the charges against him by JNUTA President Ayesha Kidwai, economics teacher Jayati Ghosh and Professor Ravi Shrivastav.Accusing him of "engineering a hostile environment", Kidwai said during his tenure that started last year, M. Jagadesh Kumar did not meet the JNUTA and JNU Students' Union membe...




A dinner with rag-pickers in Delhi slum on Sir Syed Day
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 18: Grand and glamorous dinners on the occasion of Sir Syed Day - the birthday of Aligarh Muslim University's founder Sir Syed Ahmed Khan - have become a custom, just short of a religious one, for the alumni of the university wherever they live on the planet. But a Delhi-based social group Khudai Khidmatgar hosted a very different kind of dinner on this Sir Syed Day (17th October), which was also 200th birth anniversary of the 19th century great educationist.  Khudai Khidmatgar, headed by a law graduate of AMU Faisal Khan, organised a dinner gathering with rag-pickers living in a slum in Delhi's Madanpur area. Most of the volunteers of Khudai Khidmatgar were AMU alumni.   The dinner was attended by a large number of women, children and youths. The slum children did literary and art performance showing their creativity. Women had discussions on the issues related to the education for their children.   On why this dinner of its own...




AMU a good example of Indian nationalism: Pranab Mukherjee
Aligarh, Oct 17: The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) is a perfect example of Indian nationalism and ethos, former President Pranab Mukherjee said on Tuesday.Students from different religions, ethnicity, linguistic backgrounds and culture integrate and work together in productive ways at the university, Mukherjee said in an address on the bicentennial birth celebrations of AMU founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.Speaking at the AMU's Athletics Ground, Mukherjee said: "It is a privilege to be in AMU on the occasion of 200th birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, the visionary leader of India."He said Sir Syed was far ahead of his time as he thought of empowering common people with modern scientific education at a time when India was a newly colonised society and ignorance prevailed.Mukherjee said Sir Syed began his mission by promoting Western style scientific education by founding modern schools and journals."Sir Syed established a school at Muradabad, the Victoria School at G...




Five students from Telangana engineering college selected for NASA challenge
Hyderabad, Oct 12: A team of five students from an engineering college in Telangana has been selected for the prestigious NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge.The team from SR Engineering College, Warangal, will participate in the fifth annual challenge to be held on April 12-14, 2018, in Huntsville, Alabama, US.It is one of the four teams from India short-listed to compete in the challenge. Students from 23 countries are participating in the challenge to create a buggey designed to traverse the simulated surface of moon.The team, which will prepare a moon buggy design, report and submit their idea, will be led by faculty Manoj Chaudhary. It includes P. Paul Vineeth, Prakash Raineni, P.Sravan Rao, Rondla Dilipreddy Aand Venishetty Sneha, said a statement.Congratulating the students, SR Engineering College Secretary A.Madhukar Reddy said it was a great opportunity to design, build, and test technologies that enable rovers to perform in a wide variety of environments.The NASA Human Exp...




Veteran Anupam Kher is new FTII Chairman
Mumbai, Oct 11: Veteran actor Anupam Kher, who was appointed Chairman of the prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Monday, said he will try to perform his duties to the best of his abilities."I feel deeply humbled and honoured to be apportioned as the Chairman of iconic FTII. I will perform my duties to the best of my abilities," Anupam tweeted.The actor, who has worked in over 500 movies including international projects, will succeed the controversial Gajendra Chauhan, whose appointment had triggered student protests.Anupam, 62, began his acting career with "Saaransh" in 1984. He also has his own acting institute Actor Prepares.He has also headed the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) and the National School of Drama in the past. (IANS)




Chemical leak near school in Shamli district of UP, many kids fall sick
Lucknow, Oct 10: A chemical leak in a neighbouring sugar mill led to over 100 children in a school in Shamli district of Uttar Pradesh falling sick on Tuesday, police said.Students of the Saraswati Shishu Mandir public school complained of uneasiness, vomiting, nausea, itching and tears in the eyes.Before the school management could react to the situation, more than two dozen students had fainted, an official informed IANS.They were rushed to the district hospital. A dozen students in serious condition were referred to Muzaffarnagar and Meerut hospitals.Senior district officials including the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police (SP) rushed to the school as news of the incident spread.Panic-stricken parents rushed to the school and took their wards away. Some were taken to private hospitals for treatment.Total chaos prevailed in the school for over two hours as medical teams rushed to the school late and the children were left to fend for themselves, some parents said.T...




Six Indian educational organisations recognised at HundrEd 2017 Innovation Summit
Helsinki, Oct 8: Six projects and educational organisations from India have been recognised by HundrED -- a global education non-profit based in Finland -- to bring to fore 100 of the most inspiring innovations in education.Vega School, Project DEFY, Design for Change, Self Organised Learning Environments, The Museum School and THINK Global School were recognised at the annual HundrEd 2017 Innovation Summit event held here, for their efforts in path-breaking ideas to bring about a revolution in the education space.Vega School, which was announced as one of the 100 unique innovations in K-12 education space across the world, was chosen because of its thoughtfully designed "Project-Based Learning" that is based on flat leadership, collaboration and international sharing.The learners of this programme have the freedom to pursue personal interests, behaviour -- and attitudes towards learning are intrinsically motivated and more positive."We started Vega not to impact educati...




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