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September 8, 2001 - September 8, 2001

'Action against teachers after Saturday' Saturday, September 8, 2001

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ANDHINAGAR: Education minister Anandiben Patel and senior officials reviewed the situation arising out of the ongoing teachers strike at a meeting with District Education Officers who have been asked to initiate action against school managements and teachers only after Saturday night.

"We are monitoring the situation closely", and take action against erring managmenets and striking teachers will be taken if they did not respond in the next two days. The government will declare the indefinite strike by the teachers as illegal, and take action against teachers after Saturday night," the minister said.

She expressed hope that a majority of schools would start functioning by Saturday as classes were conducted in several schools on Friday. The minister said she had received telephonic messages from school managements from rural and urban centres that they would not support the ongoing strike and reopen classes in the larger interests of students.

As per the official report received here, more than 1,500 schools have reopened, and by Saturday at least 3,000 more schools would open gates to enable students to attend classes. In Ahmedabad, 32 schools were functioning, while the managements of 129 schools met Anandiben Patel and conveyed to her that they were not supporting the agitation and would conduct the classes from Saturday.

She held the Opposition Congress party responsible for the strike which was politically motivated and aimed at harming the BJP in the by-elections in Sabarkantha and Sabarmati.

The minister, who has herself been a schoolteacher, regretted that teachers had resorted to such gimmicks even when the government had already conceded their main demands like lifting of ban on recruitment of teachers.
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Committee to list probable V-C canditates Saturday, September 8, 2001

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VADODARA: Search for a new vice-chancellor of Maharaja Sayajirao University begins. The first step in the search, as decided by the special search committee that met in Delhi on Thursday, is to create a list of probables to be considered for the post.

The committee plans to approach prominent citizens of the state, directors of the national institutes like the IITs and vice-chancellors in other universities to suggest names to be considered for the post of V-C.

MSU registrar AV Gupta, who is in charge of organising search committee meetings, said the university as well as CSIR director general R A Mashelkar (chairman of the search committee) would write letters to the above seeking suggestions.

Once a bank of names of persons who could be considered for the post of the vice-chancellor of the Maharaja Sayajirao University is created the three-member search committee, which includes Prof. Mavani, Madan Mohan Gupta and Dr. Mashelkar, would decide on three names to be submitted to the state government, informed Gupta.

According to Gupta, the committee would try to appoint the new V-C as soon as possible. He said that though they had started the proceedings more than five months ago, litigation in the court had delayed the procedure.

Gupta said the MSU is a prestigious university and the search committee members have indicated that for a university of such a stature the V-C too should be a man who is a visionary and a good administrator.

Sources in the university office believe that there might be chances that the search committee might want to appoint a prominent academician as the V-C or might want to continue with Dr. Anil Kane, whose term ended on Friday.

They says the university rules do not allow the extension of the V-C term and therefore though Kane cannot continue, he can be considered once again with other candidates for the post.

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MSU tech students caught copying face penalisation Saturday, September 8, 2001

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VADODARA: The MSU Syndicate members criticised the MSU pro vice-chancellor for unfair and biased inquiry that was instituted against eight students caught copying during the final examinations held at the MSU faculty of technology and engineering.

The syndicate meeting held on Friday has decided to penalise all the students following a new inquiry conducted by the Unfair Means Committee. The syndicate was unanimous in its belief that some students were wrongly let off by the ad hoc committee that probed the copying incident.

Syndicate member Nilesh Shukla said instead of penalising students who brought calculators with formulae and other instructions scribbled on its back, pro vice-chancellor VD Pathak (also chairman Unfair Means Committee) instituted an ad hoc inquiry and let off some students.

According to Cassim Unia, some students led by Bharat Dangar influenced the V-C and the pro V-C. Therefore, the subsequent inquiry was biased in favour of some students who not only were let off but also given extra marks.

"This clearly indicates that certain political alliances could help you pass despite the fact that you have copied and were caught too," he said.

"The norms are clear. Such cases of copying have to be referred to the Unfair Means Committee. The V-C has allowed vested interests to influence the university proceedings. This indicates the lack of independent decision making process," said one of the members.

According to II Pandya, the MSU authorities accepted that what had happened was unfair and now all students would face punishment as already assessed by the Unfair Means Committee.

On the issue of payment seat, the syndicate members have decided to meet again in association with the legal department of the university. A solution to the problem would be found shortly, said one of the members, who felt the matter was sub judice.

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Sonia urged to give economic thrust to Surat industries Saturday, September 8, 2001

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SURAT: Keeping in view of an appropriate support base required for an economic thrust to the recession-hit textile and diamond industry in the city, the economic cell of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) has urged the All India Congress Committee (AICC) president, Sonia Gandhi, for urgent steps to bring in a modified tax structure and for developing basic infrastructure, including an airport in the city to make the industries here globally competitive.

In a representation to the AICC president last week, the economic cell of GPCC expressed its disappointment at the non-conducive economic environment for the industries in and around Surat _ the commercial capital of the state.

Chairman of the economic cell Rupin Patchigar, who along with 10 other delegates, had apprised Gandhi about the status of the industries and the factors responsible for their economic slowdown, during her recent visit to Dharampur near Valsad on the occasion of the 49th anniversary of the Pardi Satyagrah.

Patchigar told TNN about the contribution made by these industries to the national exchequer. Around Rs 5,000 crore are generated from the industries based in and around Surat as revenue by way of Central Excise and Customs duty, and income-tax. Even then the required measures to uplift the industries in textile and diamond sector are not on the priority of the state and the Central government, he asserted.

He urged the AICC president to restructure the tax system as levied on the textile industry and forwarded of levying the same at the spinners' level alone, so that down the stream, in-between value addition units for conversion of textile yarns to finished materials are not taxed and hence, saved from harassment at the hands of revenue officials.

Further, the duty structure in independent process houses and yarn manufacturing units is so high that the finished products find it difficult to sustain in the international market, he remarked. Keeping in view of the international pricing based on the global tax structures in some of the countries, the textile industries here too have a rationalised structure base.

The city though contributes over more than half of the total production of textile products in the country, it is not linked with other centres of the country and abroad by way of air services. As a result, the industries here have been operating in a local environment making it disadvantageous for the local economy in this era of globalisation, Patchigar opined.

Sonia Gandhi has assured the GPCC economic cell delegates of her personal intervention in the matter and urging the Union ministry of textiles and finance to do the needful at the earliest to save the industries from the downslide, Patchigar informed.

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Sonia urged to give economic thrust to Surat industries Saturday, September 8, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
SURAT: Keeping in view of an appropriate support base required for an economic thrust to the recession-hit textile and diamond industry in the city, the economic cell of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) has urged the All India Congress Committee (AICC) president, Sonia Gandhi, for urgent steps to bring in a modified tax structure and for developing basic infrastructure, including an airport in the city to make the industries here globally competitive.

In a representation to the AICC president last week, the economic cell of GPCC expressed its disappointment at the non-conducive economic environment for the industries in and around Surat _ the commercial capital of the state.

Chairman of the economic cell Rupin Patchigar, who along with 10 other delegates, had apprised Gandhi about the status of the industries and the factors responsible for their economic slowdown, during her recent visit to Dharampur near Valsad on the occasion of the 49th anniversary of the Pardi Satyagrah.

Patchigar told TNN about the contribution made by these industries to the national exchequer. Around Rs 5,000 crore are generated from the industries based in and around Surat as revenue by way of Central Excise and Customs duty, and income-tax. Even then the required measures to uplift the industries in textile and diamond sector are not on the priority of the state and the Central government, he asserted.

He urged the AICC president to restructure the tax system as levied on the textile industry and forwarded of levying the same at the spinners' level alone, so that down the stream, in-between value addition units for conversion of textile yarns to finished materials are not taxed and hence, saved from harassment at the hands of revenue officials.

Further, the duty structure in independent process houses and yarn manufacturing units is so high that the finished products find it difficult to sustain in the international market, he remarked. Keeping in view of the international pricing based on the global tax structures in some of the countries, the textile industries here too have a rationalised structure base.

The city though contributes over more than half of the total production of textile products in the country, it is not linked with other centres of the country and abroad by way of air services. As a result, the industries here have been operating in a local environment making it disadvantageous for the local economy in this era of globalisation, Patchigar opined.

Sonia Gandhi has assured the GPCC economic cell delegates of her personal intervention in the matter and urging the Union ministry of textiles and finance to do the needful at the earliest to save the industries from the downslide, Patchigar informed.

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