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August 30, 2001 - August 30, 2001

MSU carving out 'corporate' identity for self Thursday, August 30, 2001

BY JAHNAVI CONTRACTOR, TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: Welcome to the Maharaja Sayajirao University, welcome to the 'corporate' university -- one where letterheads, visiting cards stationary and all university-related documents would be printed as per the guidelines of the new MSU logo handbook to be distributed to all university department heads.

After more than fifty years of its establishment, the MSU is now asserting a special 'corporate' identity for itself through a formal standardisation of its logo and the construction of an entrance gate at the main university office building.

The MSU logo represents the motto "Satyam Shivam Sundaram" which was given to it by former president Dr. S. Radhakrishnan. He was one of the members of the first MSU syndicate.

The emblem in the logo represents a lotus rising from the water with a flame symbolising intellectual growth and pursuit of excellence and the light of learning and knowledge. The MSU faculty of fine arts' first dean, Prof. Markand Bhatt developed the logo. The MSU plans to apply for a copyright for its logo soon.

"MSU would probably be the only university in Gujarat to come out with a handbook that would specify guidelines to be followed in the use of the MSU logo," says MSU vice-chancellor Dr. Anil Kane. He said that handbook would prevent cases of misprints and misuse of the logo.

"Another effort at strengthening the image of the university as one that is unique in itself is that of constructing a gate. The gate would be constructed at the main university building entrance would represent the logo and the name of the university. It would be the gateway to the university -a symbolic identity of the university," says Kane.

The two rough draft plans for the entrance gate have not been finalised yet, and the university authorities are contemplating which one of them to choose.

"They were designed by the students of the department of architecture. The university has a special construction committee that looks after such decisions. The committee would consider the two plans and evaluate them. If they are not satisfied with these two plans, then the department of architecture would call for more plans," he said.

According to Kane the MSU campus is sprawled across the city areas, but there is not a single gate that signifies the main entrance. We are therefore planning the gate at the main university office building he said. Kane who comes from the corporate world says that the MSU too is a huge organisation, which should have its own unique and special identity.

The use of the logo in different font sizes and colours was damaging the image of the university. The standardisation of the logo would help to create a unique image of the university, he said.

MSU officer on special duty public relations, Malti Gaekwad said that MSU is the only university in Gujarat that would soon have a special handbook with guidelines that specify the use of the MSU logo.

"In the past the logo was misprinted and misused, as there was no handbook that laid down specific guidelines about it. Each department used the logo in differing styles and differing font size and colours," says Gaekwad.

But now the university logo is sacrosanct and will not be misused. Nor would university letterheads, staff visiting cards, etc, be printed without looking following these guidelines, she said.

According to her the revised standardised logo has specific font sizes and colour to be used. "The logo shall appear in brown and the font size would be specific for different stationary. The brown is a special brown and we plan to call it the MSU brown. It contains 60 per cent magenta, 60 per cent yellow and 40 per cent black," she said.

News Source : The Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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Cops hurt in mishap Thursday, August 30, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
VADODARA: About 17 people, including six policemen, were injured when a police van turned turtle near Deluxe cross-roads on Tuesday.

The Fatehgunj police station van and carrying 11 accused and six policemen. In a separate incident, a jeep of the Vadodara district police rammed into a tree. Two policemen were injured in that accident.

News Source : The Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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Quake-hit hold meet at Bhachau Thursday, August 30, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: About 700 people from 22 villages around Bhachau attended a convention for earthquake-affected people at Bhachau town on Sunday to register their protest against government negligence.

The convention was organised by the Socialist Unity Centre of India, Bhachau Loksamiti and the Forum of Concerned Citizens for Quake Affected people.

Speaking at the function, Ahmedabad lawyer Hasubhai Mehta said the government was bound by section 41 of the Constitution to give full compensation to the affected people. He said if the government failed in doing so, they had all the right to start a movement against it. Shyam Sunder of the Anjar 2001 group on the other hand said the state government had received Rs 12,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation work. Hence there was no question of shortage of funds.

News Source : The Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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Quake-hit hold meet at Bhachau Thursday, August 30, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
AHMEDABAD: About 700 people from 22 villages around Bhachau attended a convention for earthquake-affected people at Bhachau town on Sunday to register their protest against government negligence.

The convention was organised by the Socialist Unity Centre of India, Bhachau Loksamiti and the Forum of Concerned Citizens for Quake Affected people.

Speaking at the function, Ahmedabad lawyer Hasubhai Mehta said the government was bound by section 41 of the Constitution to give full compensation to the affected people. He said if the government failed in doing so, they had all the right to start a movement against it. Shyam Sunder of the Anjar 2001 group on the other hand said the state government had received Rs 12,000 crore for relief and rehabilitation work. Hence there was no question of shortage of funds.

News Source : The Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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Baggage of fear Thursday, August 30, 2001

TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Religious occasions do not just bring celebrations and festivities these days. They bring along a baggage of fear too. Below the apparent gaiety and pomp is the lurking fear that something might go wrong.

And, as Saturday, the day for Ganpati "visarjan," nears, people are apprehensive. There are policemen all over, keeping a watch. There is talk of "a massive bandobast." Then, there are the "peace meetings" with local Puja organisers. Though the city has remained peaceful during immersions in the recent past, the police are not taking any chances.

The Ahmedabad riots, though not related to the festival, is still playing on the minds of the people. So are the reports from Shimoga in Karnataka where trouble brewed over Ganpati immersion recently. Extra forces have been requisitioned and all plans drawn up to ensure a peaceful immersion.

A unique plan has also been made to ease law and order problems. The police are planning to compensate puja organisers if they immersed their idols in the Mahi rather than in the Sursagar Lake. While many organisers are reluctant to move away from Sursagar, the police find it difficult to manage the crowd with so many idols converging at one place, already crowded by buildings and shops. The city hopes that good sense prevails over the organisers and they take their idols for immersion to the Mahi. It will not just ensure proper law and order, it will help keep the lake clean.
A battle royale

The royal battle is on again, this time in public. What was being fought in the courtrooms, is now for the people to know, with Ranjitsinh Gaekwad's younger brother Sangramsinh, who stays in Mumbai now, shooting off a public notice recently in a local daily. The notice warns that "anybody dealing with regard to any properties left behind by Late Maharaja Fatehsinhrao Gaekwad, with Smt Shantadevi Gaekwad, Shri Ranjitsinh Gaekwad and Mrs Mrunalinidevi Puar will be doing at his own risk, costs and consequences ..."

The notice follows a newspaper report stating that Shantadevi, Sangransinh's mother, has pledged about 700 acre of land on the Laxmi Vilas Palace ground to the state government to be developed as housing zones for the economically backward sections of society.

While Sangram contends that there is a court case pending on all properties of Maharaja Fatehsinhrao over succession, whoever buys this land can never be the rightful owner, the public notice has added another chapter to the fight between the brothers. Sangramsinh is already fighting two legal battles - one over succession and another, alleging that Ranjitsinh, Shantadevi and Mrunalinidevi Puar have "disposed a golden canon in violation of status quo order on all movable and immovable properties by the Supreme Court."

And, as one legal wrangle leads to another, the palace does not seem to be evoking the awe and respect it did till recently.
Morning shows a murky day
Call it the first day blues or whatever, the starry-eyed commerce students who walked into the hallowed portals of the MS University last week for their first day in college came as a rude awakening. Or, was it a sign of times to come ? Or an initiation into the anarchy that many believe has now come to define the university ?

Many got admitted on merit. The rest paid a hefty sum for a decent education. But, MSU authorities, who claim that they are the best in the trade and justified the "paid seat scheme", were nowhere to be found when senior students did not let the new-comers get in, protesting against the move to introduce the payment seat system.

While university watchers say that student leaders are gearing up for the students' union polls due in September, one cannot help but recall an age-old clich‚ that perhaps best describes the situation - "morning shows the day".

News Source : The Times Of India News Service [ Lightning News ]


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