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Wear flip-flops while taking exams, Bihar Board tells students
Patna, Feb 18:  Ahead of the Class 10 examinations, the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) on Sunday directed students to sit in exams while wearing slippers or flip-flops and not shoes along with socks.  "There is nothing new in this order to students appearing in Class 10 exams from February 21. It is a usual practice in other examinations held in the state. The board decided to adopt the practice from this year," BSEB Chairman Anand Kishore, who issued the instructions on Sunday, said.  Nearly 17.70 lakh students will sit for the Class 10 exams at 1,426 centres across the state from February 21 to 28.   Nearly 1,000 students were penalised for cheating during the Class 12 exams that concluded last Saturday.   According to BSEB officials, the annual examinations this year were fair and mass cheating is a thing of the past in Bihar.   Last year, the Class 12 Arts stream topper was a 42-year-old man, who was later arre...




How Darul Umoor is turning madrassa graduates into change agents of society
By Abu Zafar Srirangapatna (Karnataka), Feb 11:  Surrounded by a cluster of coconut trees and at a stone's throw from the tomb of 18th century ruler Tipu Sultan in this town near Mysuru, Darul Umoor at first glance looks like a farmhouse. But inside, it is a unique coming together of science and spirit, imparting scientific knowledge and nurturing multiple skills and abilities while promoting Islamic knowledge for a holistic view of life.   Turning madrassa graduates into change agents of society, Darul Umoor -- The Tipu Sultan Advanced Study and Research Centre -- is known as one of the first institutions to train madrassa graduates in modern subjects like management, history, biology, physics, chemistry, banking, personality development and leadership skills, along with knowledge of computers and English language. It offers an intensive one-year course with the help of a number of experts and retired professors in their fields.  Every year thousands...




JNUSU calls for boycott of mandatory attendance
New Delhi, Jan 8: The Jawaharlal Nehru Students' Union (JNUSU) on Sunday called for a boycott of the 'compulsory attendance' decision of the varsity administration, urging students to not sign the attendance register when the classes resume on Monday -- the first day of the winter semester."Each of us must ensure 'total boycott'. Following the signature campaign initiated by the JNUSU, following which more than 2,500 signatures have been collected, we must ensure a total boycott of this arbitrary 'farman' (decree)," the students' union said in a statement.The measure is scheduled to come into effect from the winter semester.The university administration had informed the students of the measure for 'mandatory attendance' last month, saying that the decision was made in the Academic Council (AC) meeting held on December 1. The move has been contested by several teachers and hundreds of students, who have alleged that no such measure was approved during the said meeting."Th...




CBI files corruption case against AMU's former VC
New Delhi, Jan 5: The CBI has registered a corruption case against the Aligarh Muslim University's former Vice Chancellor Naseem Ahmad for his alleged involvement in the illegal appointment of an official in the varsity in 2005.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR said that Ahmad committed the offence when he was Vice Chancellor between 2002 and 2007.Ahmad had resigned from his position after allegations of appointing Shakaib Arsalan as Assistant Finance Officer in 2005 was termed a violation of provisions of the AMU Act and rules.The FIR mentions charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and Prevention of Corruption Act against Ahmad, Arsalan (now Joint Finance Officer) and then Deputy Finance Officer Yasmin Jalal Beg.The vacancy for the posts of Assistant Finance Officer and Deputy Finance Officer were advertised by the AMU on January 1, 2004 and 22 candidates had applied. The CBI preliminary enquiry found that nine of the 22 candidates were found to be eligible for the first...




JNU Students say 'Haazir Janaab' to resist varsity's compulsory attendance circular
Besides students, earlier the JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) also slammed varsity administration over the circular denying its claim that the decision was taken in the AC meeting.  Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net New Delhi, Jan 4: The Jawaharlal Nehru University students' Union (JNUSU) on Thursday launched a mass signature campaign against varsity's new "Compulsory Attendance circular".  In response to the varsity's "Compulsory Attendance circular", JNUSU called a signature campaign today at Vice Chancellor (VC) office saying "Hazir Janaab"(reffering to VC M Jagadesh Kumar), where hundreds of students submitted their mandate to oppose the circular. According to JNUSU, over 2000 students have signed the memorandum rejecting the circular.   In the wake of gathering of students security guards had been deployed in high number outside the admin bloc. Students wanted to meet the Vice Chancellor, but Chief Proctor Kaushal Kumar who...




Compulsory attendance move taken to malign JNU: Teachers' body
New Delhi, Dec 29: The teachers' body at JNU on Thursday slammed the administration's "compulsory attendance" decision as a "malicious" act to create a problem "where none exists", maintaining that it was taken despite objections of several teachers.In a circular dated December 21, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration informed the students of attendance being made compulsory from the upcoming winter session.The circular said that the decision was taken as per a resolution passed in the 144th Academic Council (AC) meeting held on December 1.However, the JNU Teachers' Association (JNUTA) said no decision was taken on the said matter and when the proposal was put through the Council, it was "met with dissent"."The overwhelming opinion among teachers of the University is that the diktat for compulsory attendance seeks to manufacture a problem where none exists," the JNUTA said in a letter to the 'Compulsory Attendance Commit...




Won't allow Dyal Singh College name change: Educationists
New Delhi, Nov 28: Several educationists, including members of the Sikh community, on Monday opposed the proposal to change the name of Dyal Singh College to Vande Mataram Mahavidyalaya.At a meeting chaired by veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar and attended by BJP legislator Manjinder Singh Sirsa, the group passed a resolution to seek the Centre's intervention to keep the college name unchanged after the 19th century social activist Dyal Singh Majithia."We are not talking about the trust or its ownership. We are neither trustees nor do we claim to be his (Dyal Singh's) heir," Sirsa told reporters here."It's the matter of national pride. Dyal Singh College, Punjab National Bank, Tribune newspaper are the legacy of Dayal Singhji... The name of the college cannot be changed at any cost. There is no reason to change the name."He said another meeting will be called soon to decide the next course of action. He added that they will make sure the issue was not given communal c...




IIT Bombay, IISc Bangalore among top 10 BRICS varsities
New Delhi, Nov 23: IIT Bombay and IISc Bangalore were ranked among the top 10 universities in the latest QS University rankings for the BRICS nations.The rankings for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa were published late on Wednesday night and figured four Chinese universities out of the top five. In total seven varsities from China found place in the top ten.The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and the Indian Institute of Sciences (IISc) Bangalore were ranked 9th and 10th respectively. Last year, only IISc Bangalore was among the top 10.Two other Indian universities which were ranked in the top 20 were IIT Delhi and IIT Madras.China's Tsinghua, Peking and Fudan universities grabbed the top three positions.(IANS)




Pradhuman murder: HC grants conditional bail to Pintos
Chandigarh, Nov 21: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday granted bail to the Pinto family, owners and trustees of Ryan International School, in the matter related to the murder of seven-year-old Pradhuman Thakur at the Gurugram branch of the school.Justice Surender Gupta directed the Pinto family to join investigations in the case. The court barred them from leaving the country without permission.The Pinto family -- Augustine F. Pinto, his wife Grace and their son Ryan -- had moved the High Court for anticipatory bail in the murder case that took place on September 8.The High Court had, on October 7, given relief to the Pinto family from arrest in the matter. The court had stayed their arrest till December 5, directing the Pinto family to cooperate in the CBI investigations.The court also allowed the regular bail of two Ryan International School officials, North India head Francis Thomas and HR head Jeyus Thomas.The Haryana Police was investigating the case and had arrested bus...




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...




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