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August 15, 2001 - August 15, 2001

Police notice for Ganesh Utsav Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Ahmedabad: For the celebration of Ganesh Utsav, which begins from August 22 to September 1, all the organisers have been instructed to take permission for using loud speakers, from their local police stations.

For Ganesh Visarjan rally, permission is to be obtained from the police commissioner’s office-special branch, Shahibaug. All the organisers are requested to take notice and submit their applications as early as possible.

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Decomposed body found near Vatva Wednesday, August 15, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad: A severely decomposed and mangled body was found near Vatva railway road on Monday. The body was in such a bad state that it could not be ascertained whether it was that of a man or a woman. No marks of injury were seen on the body. Vatva police is investigating the matter.

For Ganesh Visarjan rally, permission is to be obtained from the police commissioner’s office-special branch, Shahibaug. All the organisers are requested to take notice and submit their applications as early as possible.
Source - The AsianAge (Ahmedabad Edition)

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'Need for different kind of nationalism' Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Times News Network
VADODARA: There is a need for a different kind of nationalism- different from the spirit of 'Rashtra Bhakti' as espoused by the political parties, one that echoes 'Swadesh Chinta'-- an anxious concern for the country," said Lord Bhikhu Parekh, former vice-chancellor of MS University.

Lord Parekh, who is a Member of Parliament in the UK and was recently appointed professor at London School of Economics, was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of MS University's faculty of arts newsletter.

He said academicians have an important role to play in improving the university and in a broader sense in the realm of nationalism. He said intellectuals must follow the principal of "Swadesh Chinta" as enunciated by Rabindranath Tagore.

"This means an anxious concern for the country and an effort to overcome the factors that retards its growth and improve it. Nationalism with geographical boundaries is not true nationalism.

"In any university around the world, the faculty of arts is an important one as it deals with economics, politics, languages and society and culture the main ingredients that characterise any country," he said.

According to him, in this context, it is important that professors who receive salary from the country's tax-payers should give to the university more than mere teaching.

Hitting at academicians who teach for 3-4 hours and take home pay packs as high as Rs 25000, he said the quality of teaching and the research in the university has suffered a setback due to this. "The teachers need to go beyond the call of duty to give back something more to the country. They have to go beyond their three or four hours schedule. Students too should go beyond their course syllabus to undertake more research work in libraries," he said.

Recalling that the university has a glorious tradition, Lord Parekh said that the four-star rating for the university is sad, but all is not lost as there is an untapped potential which the university must realise.

He said that he would suggest a five-point agenda to improve the standards of the university. These include spotting and training budding talents and intellectuals, providing an institutional infrastructure that nurtures this talent, creating a space for creativity and creating an institution that promotes those who are meritorious rather than those who just 'pull the right strings'.

Lord Parekh said intellectuals and academicians should seek to contribute to the society through their creativity and research. This also calls for a certain pride in one's self that I can go beyond and add more to the existing world of knowledge, he said.

He added that the university should be able to retain talented scholars and researchers and internal jealousy and 'arrogance of power' coupled with bureaucracy should not stifle their work. A system that can recognise merit and promote it is also need rather than promotions through experience and 'pull of strings'.

MSU vice-chancellor Anil Kane said the newsletter that the faculty has come up with is an appreciable step. "Other faculties too follow the lead provided by the faculty and arts and bring out their own newsletters," he said.

Meanwhile, several senate and syndicate members who were present on the occasion said the newsletter is bold in its approach. They said that the problem in the university is often triggered due to the internal squabbles within the faculty staff. There are occasions when the teachers themselves politicise issues and use the senate as a platform to air their grievances they added.
Source - TIMES NEWS NETWORK & AGENCIES

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'Need for different kind of nationalism' Wednesday, August 15, 2001

Times News Network
VADODARA: There is a need for a different kind of nationalism- different from the spirit of 'Rashtra Bhakti' as espoused by the political parties, one that echoes 'Swadesh Chinta'-- an anxious concern for the country," said Lord Bhikhu Parekh, former vice-chancellor of MS University.

Lord Parekh, who is a Member of Parliament in the UK and was recently appointed professor at London School of Economics, was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of MS University's faculty of arts newsletter.

He said academicians have an important role to play in improving the university and in a broader sense in the realm of nationalism. He said intellectuals must follow the principal of "Swadesh Chinta" as enunciated by Rabindranath Tagore.

"This means an anxious concern for the country and an effort to overcome the factors that retards its growth and improve it. Nationalism with geographical boundaries is not true nationalism.

"In any university around the world, the faculty of arts is an important one as it deals with economics, politics, languages and society and culture the main ingredients that characterise any country," he said.

According to him, in this context, it is important that professors who receive salary from the country's tax-payers should give to the university more than mere teaching.

Hitting at academicians who teach for 3-4 hours and take home pay packs as high as Rs 25000, he said the quality of teaching and the research in the university has suffered a setback due to this. "The teachers need to go beyond the call of duty to give back something more to the country. They have to go beyond their three or four hours schedule. Students too should go beyond their course syllabus to undertake more research work in libraries," he said.

Recalling that the university has a glorious tradition, Lord Parekh said that the four-star rating for the university is sad, but all is not lost as there is an untapped potential which the university must realise.

He said that he would suggest a five-point agenda to improve the standards of the university. These include spotting and training budding talents and intellectuals, providing an institutional infrastructure that nurtures this talent, creating a space for creativity and creating an institution that promotes those who are meritorious rather than those who just 'pull the right strings'.

Lord Parekh said intellectuals and academicians should seek to contribute to the society through their creativity and research. This also calls for a certain pride in one's self that I can go beyond and add more to the existing world of knowledge, he said.

He added that the university should be able to retain talented scholars and researchers and internal jealousy and 'arrogance of power' coupled with bureaucracy should not stifle their work. A system that can recognise merit and promote it is also need rather than promotions through experience and 'pull of strings'.

MSU vice-chancellor Anil Kane said the newsletter that the faculty has come up with is an appreciable step. "Other faculties too follow the lead provided by the faculty and arts and bring out their own newsletters," he said.

Meanwhile, several senate and syndicate members who were present on the occasion said the newsletter is bold in its approach. They said that the problem in the university is often triggered due to the internal squabbles within the faculty staff. There are occasions when the teachers themselves politicise issues and use the senate as a platform to air their grievances they added.
Source - TIMES NEWS NETWORK & AGENCIES

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BANASKANTA :: Bank election brings groupism to the fore Wednesday, August 15, 2001

PALANPUR: All eyes are set on the Banaskantha district agriculture and rural development bank chairman's election wherein a former Union minister and Madhavsinh Solanki protege B K Gadhvi and GPCC general secretary Govabhai Desai are in the fray.

According to observers the result will have far-reaching effect not only in the district but also on state politics. Many leaders and workers, including a minister and a bank chairman, who had earlier joined the Bharatiya Janata Party are all set to rejoin the Congress.

Sustained groupism in the Congress took a new turn on Sunday with an appeal by the DCC president C Chodhary canvassed for Govabhai Desai who had filed his nomination against B KGadhavi.

When contacted Congress MLA Mukesh Gadhavi clarified his father had jumped into the fray only after GPCC president Amarsinh Chodhary had endorsed his father's candidature. Now it was surprising that the DCC chief acted otherwise.

Meanwhile, the group rivalry has percolated to taluka and village levels. The party has vertically divided in two camps.
Source - TIMES NEWS NETWORK & AGENCIES

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