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September 28, 2001 - September 28, 2001

PG diploma in crime mgmt, criminology in offing Friday, September 28, 2001

Souce Courtsey : Times News Network
VADODARA: State police department and M S University's faculty of social work are working in tandem to bring out a post graduate diploma programme in crime management and criminology.

The diploma is dubbed a 'unique programme' blending human resources management interventions in tackling crime, reform theories and community policing, besides its focus on criminology. It is also learnt that the syllabus of the programme might draw largely from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS)'s masters degree in social work with specialisation in criminology.

"We have discussed the programme with the state police. The response is very good. We are hoping to start this diploma from next year", social work faculty dean Anil Navle told TNN. He said a draft proposal of diploma in crime management and criminology will be put to the board of studies next month.

"With scarcer resources and blind race for acquisition a certain group of people are bound to deviate to crime. In general the crime rate will escalate in the coming days. It thus becomes necessary to study it professionally and chalk out right interventions", professor Navle said.

He observed that the proposed diploma would not only lay emphasis on the study aspect but will also focus on crime prevention. "A 100-year-old jail manual cannot throw much light on today's trend of crime. It needs to be updated", professor Navle said adding that the police shares the feeling about studying crime professionally. "I had an interaction with the state police top brasses. They have welcomed the proposal and feel it will benefit their cadre, especially fresh recruits", he said.

It is not ruled out that once diploma in crime management and criminology comes of, police recruits undergoing training at police training college in Junagadh turn students at social work faculty. "They can send serving officers on deputation and we will take them as our students", professor Navle said.

He said that informally the subject has already been discussed with city police commissioner J Mahapatra. Additional director general of police (training) SS Khadvawala is also in the know of things and is likely get a formal communication from social work faculty here.

Senior police officers too feel that an academic exposure on crime management and criminology will help the police force in the longer run. "Crime has undergone tremendous changes. In the contemporary scenario it requires great scrutiny, not only in regard to the nature of crime but also the criminal, his presumptions and all notions", said special inspector general of police Vadodara range Deepak Swaroop.

District superintendent of police Keshav Kumar felt that getting a professional diploma in criminology may be linked to promotions. "These are the times of pro-active policing. The job of police is not merely related to catching thieves but extends much beyond that. Studying the subject in college will definitely help understanding the larger perspective", Kumar said. He said that programme is likely to benefit police more because there was hardly any in house training programme in the said subject for a police man once he joins the force.

If social work faculty's plan of the new diploma programme runs on schedule, MSU will be joining the league of institutes like TISS, National Institute of Crime and Forensic Science, Aligarh Muslim University, University of Chennai, University of Jammu, Jai Narayan Vyas University of Jodhpur and Karnataka University -- all offering MA or postgraduate diploma in criminology.

New diploma course: MSU faculty of social work is simultaneously planning to offer a postgraduate diploma in social development and organisational management from next academic year. Faculty dean Anil Navle said the programme focuses on the emerging role of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the growing requirement of professionals working with NGOs.

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

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Cases drag on in city courts for want of infrastructure Friday, September 28, 2001

Source Courtsey : Times News Network
AHMEDABAD: * Ashok Bakshi, an accused under section 409 and 114 of the IPCode for breach of trust and abetment in a criminal act, has been awaiting trial since 1986. Bakshi's case is pending in court number 5 of Ahmedabad City Metropolitan Court and not a single witness has been examined to date.
* Kishore Natwarwal, another accused is facing charges similar to Bakshi in at least three cases. In his case too not a single witness was examined by the court though the cases were filed between 1985 and 1989.
* Karsan Das filed a discharge application in the court number 15 in 1992, accused under section 106 and 120 B of IPC for inflicting physical injuries to other person in self-defence and hatching a criminal conspiracy. He is still waiting for court's direction.

Oft-repeated and now cliched 'justice delayed is justice denied', still has to make sense, at least for the state legal department.

Slackness, which has become synonymous with the government department, has been putting scores of litigants at Ahmedabad City Metropolitan Court through undue hardships for the past couple of months. Cases are frequently adjourned as eight of the twenty courts under the Ahmedabad City Metropolitan Court are non-functional for want of proper infrastructure.

"The courts are not functioning due to insufficient space, as the metropolitan court was allotted limited blocks," BM Gupta, newly elected secretary Ahmedabad Criminal Court Bar Association, said. The court rooms here resemble pigeon holes, not big enough to even properly accommodate court furniture required for conduct of a trial.

"We have been allotted two more blocks, but it will take some time before courts resume work as renovation work is still required," SA Chauhan, registrar, Ahmedabad City Metropolitan Court, said.

Though he was non-committal on resumption of normal functioning, Chauhan said the court was awaiting state government's sanction for estimates and plans submitted for renovation in newly allotted premises.

"We have sanctioned Rs 79 lakh for renovation at the new premises of Metropolitan Court at Meghaninagar. Now, the job has to be done by R&B department at the site," PD Gujarathi, Secretary Legal Department, told TNN.

And, with each passing day cases are piling up before courts, which are already weighed down by a backlog of some four lakh cases, besides fresh additions -- approximately 20,000 new cases every month -- court sources said.

Besides courts, some 1,900 advocates enrolled with Ahmedabad Criminal Court Bar Association and 250 other non-member advocates are lacking in even the basic amenities, such as proper seating arrangements, drinking water and urinals.

Though court has allocated five sheds for seating arrangement to practising advocates, many of them have taken refuge in parking stands while others have constructed platforms and sheds in the open.

"There is a 70 per cent drop in clients coming for affidavits, power of attorney and other legal formalities because of the distance," C D Ghori, an advocate and notary, said.

Not to talk of the reference libraries the court officials have to shuttle between -- Meghaninagar to Mirzapur and Gheekanta Court premises -- for looking up old records.

"The sessions and rural courts are in the centre of the city while metropolitan court has been shifted to a far corner of the city," Balwantsinh Chauhan, another advocate, said.

The problem for the accused, litigants and public at large started earlier this year when it was decided to construct a new premises for the court at the original location of the court at Gheekanta. The court was subsequently shifted to Mirzapur court premises but after the earthquake in January this year it was again moved to Meghaninagar in May.

Insiders apprehend that the construction of the new court complex may overshoot the scheduled time frame of 30 months.

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

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Fund instituted in memory of doctor Friday, September 28, 2001

Courtsey : Times News Network
VADODARA: A section of city doctors have formed the Late Dr Bhupendra Patel Memorial Fund to institute awards and programmes in medicine. The doctor, whose first death anniversary will be celebrated on Monday, was the former professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Baroda Medical College. He donated his to the medical college.

According to Late Dr Bhupendra Patel Memorial Fund Raising Committee convenor Piyush Patel, the fund will be utilised in a number of ways to benefit medical students. "A few suggestions have been put forth like institution of gold medals at MS University for students securing the highest marks in any one subject at the MBBS examination, at the diploma examinations in obstetrics and gynaecology and at MD in obstetrics and gynaecology. The financial commitment for the medals could be around Rs 25,000 for every gold medal," says Dr Patel.

"The funds may also be used to sponsor a CME programme at the Indian Medical Association's Vadodara chapter where expenses to be incurred every year could be between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000 and the corpus required for this fund could be Rs 3 lakh," he says.

"A public awareness programme on 'Population Control' has also been thought as a socio-medical obligation to the community and also contribute to activities at KG Patel Children's Hospital and the IMA's book bank," he adds.

The Baroda Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society will also organise a lecture in memory of late Dr BC Patel here on October 7.

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

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Bhavnagar :: BMC to preserve land near Bor reservoir Friday, September 28, 2001

BHAVNAGAR: The Bhavnagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) was determined to save premium land of 80 acres adjacent to the city's water reservoir Bor talao, said Bhavnagar Mayor Mahipatsinh Gohil on Sunday. The said area had been earmarked as reserve water land by the then Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji of Bhavnagar and also by the BMC, Gohil added.

Sources told TNN that a big builder managed to acquire this land on grounds of building residential units for medium and weaker sections of the society. About two years ago, the state government had to withdraw its notification of handing over this land to a private party after strong objections raised by all political parties.

The mayor told TNN that the said area accommodated excess overflow of water from Bor Talao, and if it was converted into a residential or commercial area, the outgoing flow of water would be dangerously blocked.

Sources further said that the builders had managed to acquire this land against the provisions of the Agricultural Land Ceiling Act and the Land Reforms Act.

City Congress president Ramnik Pandya charged that Palitana sugar mill party, which succeeded in building a few thousand residential units in Kaliabid area, was involved in engulfing the additional area of 80 acres of land adjacent to the Bor talao.

Residents in Kaliabid area said that selling land plots, construction work and transfer of constructed units have been going on for the last three decades. The said party and its agents used to collect huge sums for illegal transactions.

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

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MSU's 50th annual convocation in december Friday, September 28, 2001

VADODARA: The MS University will hold its 50th annual convocation in December to confer degrees and diplomas. According to registrar AV Gupta, candidates who wish to receive degrees and PG diplomas "in person" should send in their application and fees to the university by October 20. While fees for degrees conferred "in person" is Rs 30 for first degree and Rs 20 for second and subsequent degrees, the charge for "in absentia" degree is Rs 40, if paid within one month of the date of convocation, and Rs 50 thereafter.

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

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