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October 16, 2001 - October 17, 2001

Meet on carbon at SPU Wednesday, October 17, 2001

AHMEDABAD: The department of materials science of Sardar Patel University is organising a two-day 'National conference on carbon' at the university premises between October 19 and 20.

This conference is held once in two years and this is the first time that it is being held in Gujarat. Carbon is the only element which forms the backbone of all chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, materials and metallurgical industries as well as a strategic material for advanced space and defence programmes.

About 200 scientists from within the country and abroad are expected to participate in the conference and will deliberate on the latest scientific and technological developments in the field of carbon. These include top ranking scientists from BARC, defence labs., leading industries, national laboratories, IITs, IISc and a host of prominent institutions.

The important feature of the conference is the honouring of two leading scientists for their R&D work in the area of carbon by presentation of the prestigious B D Bengur Award. To encourage young researchers, awards will be given for the best paper presentation in a competition to be held during the conference.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Court recalls bail order in kidnap case Wednesday, October 17, 2001

SURAT: The High Court on Monday, passed an order nullifying the bail of five youths accused of kidnapping a girl below 18 years of age and forcibly injecting her with sedatives. According to sources, the girl was being harassed for quite some time by one of the accused as a co-student. She was then abducted by the youths in a car on April 20, 2001, and was forcibly injected with sedatives.

The car was intercepted at a check-post in Madhya Pradesh and a case was registered on the basis of the girl's complaint. There was also an injury on the girl, found to be caused by someone not qualified to deliver an injection. An empty ampoule of sedatives was also found by the Madhya Pradesh police in the car.

During the course of investigations by Surat police it was ruled that the girl was kidnapped with her own consent as she had a relationship with one of the accused. They were subsequently released on bail. But in a recent hearing of the case, it was proved that the picture of the girl along with the accused youths was altered to suit the theory of a kidnapping by consent. Consequently, the bail order of the accused has been recalled and they have been told to report to custody latest by November 1, 2001.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Research journal with readable articles Wednesday, October 17, 2001

By V J TRIVEDI, Times News Network
NGU is the only university in the state which publishes fairly regularly its research journal Anarta which has articles on English, Sanskrit and Gujarat-literatures, on philosophy, on management and ethics, on psychology and physical sciences.

These articles have a deeper understanding of the topics treated and are written usually in a style which is neither turgid nor flamboyant. Whether it is Dr Adesh Pal or Dr Nagar or Dr Gosai or Dr Sayad or Dr B A Prajapati or Mahesh Sidhpuria or A N Prajapati or K S Parmar or N R Patel to name only a few of the contributors _ it was a pleasure to read them. For want of space, a detailed review of these articles is not possible.

Sufficient it is to say that every university should take a leaf out of the NGU book and see to it that the teaching community also develops communicative skills on the themes they are interested in. It is not enough for teachers to teach; they should also make their contributions, critically and appreciably on what they teach.

In this context, it should be mentioned that the NGU has published a very learned and well researched work on the Gujarati language as spoken in North Gujarat, by Dr Shantilal Acharya, an experienced linguist of Gujarat. The book not only covers the varied linguistic features of the language spoken in the North Gujarat area but it also deals with its social custom, religious festivals and cultural modules. Every library in Gujarat should have a copy of this book for it is a valuable reference work.
M Phil viva: It is surprising that an ordinance in force at the moment permits the viva for the M Phil degree to be taken by internal reference and the department concerned. This practice should be discarded immediately. The viva should be conducted by external reference as only that would ensure greater objectivity in the evaluation of the dissertation and the candidate's ability to support the viewpoint presented in it.

The UGC grant for remedial teaching for the backward and scheduled tribes candidates is welcome thanks to the proposal made by the Talod Arts and Commerce College. The grants of Rs 1 lakh as recurring grant and Rs 2 lakh as non-recurring for three yeas should go a long way in helping these disadvantaged students to improve their chances for a better educational career.
Test schedule: The 1st October issue of Udhichya carries the details of the state level tests to be conducted by the MSU for eligibility for law college appointment. The test is scheduled for 20th January 2002 and will cover 22 subjects. The medium for these tests is English or Gujarati. Aspirants for college job should take this tests as soon as possible so as to avoid any difficulty in their selection as college lecturers.

Attention of the readers of this column was drawn to Dr Dawoodbhai Ghanchi's articles on Canadian education system. The September and October issues of this bulletin carry further instalments which are very informative. These articles will also allow us how to mobilise resources for education keeping in mind the way the Canadian system of education is provided.

It was good to find that the principals union had a detailed discussion on various aspects of university education, which, one hopes, will lead to a sustained effort to achieve excellence in every field of university education _ teaching, learning or researches a sports.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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Modi wants to use ports for tourism Tuesday, October 16, 2001

GANDHINAGAR: Chief Minister Narendrabhai Modi has directed the Gujarat Maritime Board to link the development of ports with the development of tourism, business and industry. He said he wanted the state to take a lead in setting up railway linkage in the private sector to strengthen cargo traffic transportation network of ports.

Reviewing the development of ports of Gujarat at a high-level meeting, Modi stressed the need for considering various measures for the development of fishing industry and protecting the interest of fishermen of the state.

He said Gujarat ports had immense potential for promoting tourism activities, and suggested the starting of a cruise service from Mumbai to Mandvi in Kutch covering Porbandar, Girnar, Sasan, Somnath, the desert of Kutch and Diu-Daman.

The chief minister said that as part of the development of 10 important ports undertaken by the state, port and railway network should be linked to ensure creation of modern transportation for the cargo traffic in the private sector.

Modi was apprised of the development of Mundra, Pipavav, Dahej and Hajira ports in the joint sector. Asia's largest chemical port had already developed at Dahej, and the letter of intent has been received for the LNG terminal at Hazira port.

The chief minister stressed that the development of ports should be undertaken in a time-bound manner by maintaining transparency. He suggested to make an in-depth study for the development of about 40 small and medium ports in the state.

He expressed deep concern over the plight of fishermen in getting permit at the Mumbai dock. He said that he had discussed the matter with Maharashtra fishing industry minister and urged him to bring about a solution in a cordial manner. He suggested the co-operation of 'Swadhyay Parivar' organisation in the matter.

The chief minister also discussed about preparing the Fisheries Act with a view to protecting the interests of the fishermen.

Prominent among those present were advisor to chief minister S K Shelat, principal secretary of the chief minister P K Misra, additional chief secretary port development A K Pradhan and vice-chairman of Maritime Board P K Roychaudhary.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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10 self-finance PTC colleges sanctioned by NCTE Tuesday, October 16, 2001

GANDHINAGAR: The National Council for Teachers Education has sanctioned 10 new self-financed Primary Teachers Training Course (PTC) colleges taking the total number of PTC colleges in the state to 78 and the number of seats to 4,500.

Education minister Anandiben Patel told media persons here that the government's plea for opening 10 new PTC colleges has been approved by the NCTE, Bhopal and the process for admission to these colleges has begun in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Rajkot.

This is for the first time that self finance colleges for PTC courses have opened in Gujarat where the government has launched a unique scheme of appointing Vidya Sahayaks with salary of Rs.2500 in primary schools. She said that in the past three years 50,000 such assistant teachers have been appointed and 11,000 would be appointed during this year.

The state government has fixed Rs.19,500 tuition fees for PTC courses in self-finance colleges. There has been heavy rush for admission to PTC colleges as the demand for teachers in primary schools has been growing fast.

To fill vacancies, the government was recruiting graduates as vidya sahayaks. This move was challenged in the court which ordered that such appointments should be made from those holding PTC certificate.

But following the court order state government approached the council and sought bifurcation of primary education on the lines of NCTE norms and the proposal was sanctioned. Accordingly, Std 1 to 5 will be under primary section and Std 6 and 7 in the upper primary section.

With this major change in primary education the government has decided to recruit graduates as vidya sahayaks for teaching in upper primary classes and PTC teachers for primary section.

The minister said over 5000 vidya sahayaks have been absorbed in the regular posts of teachers in primary schools with a salary of around Rs.7,000 per month.

State government, she said, has directed district education officers to take stern action against managements of high schools which were indulging in irregularities in appointing teachers and in utilisation of the grant given by the government.

News Source : The Times of India [India's best Newspaper]

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