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July 21, 2001 - July 21, 2001

BHAVNAGAR:::: Registrar suffers heart attack after wordy duel Saturday, July 21, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
BHAVNAGAR: The issue of self-financed BA and B.Com. courses in colleges here took a serious turn on Wednesday after exchange of words between the ABVP leaders and the university registrar Bharatsinh Parmar. The latter suffered a mild heart attack a few moments later and was taken to hospital.
The university employees union went on flash strike and its president C V Galani said the strike would continue until employees were promsied protection.
University sources said ABVP leaders, including two executive council members Shailendrasinh Gohil and Raju Pandya, had come to meet the vice-chancellor to request him to convert the self-financed FYBA class at the Samaldas college into a regular one.
As vice-chancellor Bharat Oza was out of station, they went to the registrar, who pleaded that he had no powers to take such a decision. Then followed an exchange of words between them.The registrar asked the police to remove students from the university building. He could not endure the stress and complained of chest pain. He was first taken to a government hospital and later to a nursing home.
Meanwhile, three non-teaching associations and Bhavnagar University Pradhyapak Pariwar on Thursday observed strike and sought permanent security measures."It is high time the authorities took a bold stand based on the university rules and teachers and administrators need to realise that enough damage has already be done to the university", a senior professor lamented.

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JUNAGADH:::: Drivers repair pothole-ridden road Saturday, July 21, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
JUNAGADH: What happens when the authorities fail to repair a road for three years? The autorickshaw (Chhakda) drivers of Hussainabad in Mangrol taluka of Junagadh district have shown the way.
Ten auto drivers, who use a three km stretch of road full of pot holes between Hussainabad and Sehpa villages, collected nearly Rs 10000 from other auto drivers and did the repair work.
A number of requests had been made to the authorities to repair the road which was not attended to for the last three years.

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Faculty of commerce teacher-student ratio 1:220 Saturday, July 21, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
VADODARA: M S University's faculty of commerce is one of the largest faculties in the country with 6,500 new students admitted each year.
The teacher-student ratio in the faculty was 1:220 last year. Technically, this implies that one teacher has to asses examination papers of 220 students and the administrative wing has to handle paper work for an equal number of students. As per UGC guidelines there should be 80 students per class.
This faculty is also perhaps one of the few faculties in the country which needs to rent out other university buildings during examinations to handle the overwhelming number of students taking exams. In the previous year, the MSU authorities had to rent out a school (Hill Memorial School) to organise examinations. The reason being that each of the 6500-odd students had to be given separate benches for the exams.
A normal classroom scene is either one where lecturers have to shout to make themselves heard (to the 150 students that are present), or one where merely 30 per cent of the total students attend classes.
M S University faculty of commerce dean Prof J R Khedkar said that the large number of students creates problems both from the administrative point of view as well as from the teaching point of view.
According to the statistics lecturer Sangeeta Parikh, who teaches FY BCom students, the large number of students creates many problems. "Often students do not come in large numbers there are a few who attend regularly. But when students come for practical subject lectures in large numbers it becomes difficult," she says. "We have to shout (as classrooms have no mikes) and disciplining students is difficult as in a class full of 150 students making oneself heard is extremely difficult," she says. MSU Vice-Chancellor Anil Kane said as per the UGC guidelines there should be 80 students per class. "At present, we have 150 -200 students. Handling the large number of students and teaching a diverse group of students is difficult. If we admit 7000 students the quality of education suffers. Therefore we need to restrict the number of students to a manageable level, where teachers can have one to one interaction with the students and pay attention to their educational needs," he says. Meanwhile, students who were admitted to FY BCom last year say that the diversity in the classrooms in terms of the kind of students that are admitted makes it difficult for them to enjoy classroom lectures. While there are some for whom the medium of interaction has been Gujarati and has now changed to English, there are others who have already completed the syllabus in their private coaching classes. "There are some who have very low percentage, others who have already completed the syllabus in coaching classes and therefore are not interested in the classroom teaching. There are still others who do not follow the medium of instruction and therefore lectures become boring when Hindi or Gujarati is used. All these factors make lectures in classrooms boring," says a student who is now in the second year and had attended merely a handful of classes last year.

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Pilgrim centres to be developed Saturday, July 21, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
GANDHINAGAR: Chief Minister Keshubhai Patel has announced that the government was committed to the comprehensive development of the pilgrim centres. The government is collecting necessary details for the purpose, he said, adding that local-level committees would be set up for the proper administration of 3541 government-controlled pilgrim centres.
The chief minister was addressing the meeting of Pavitra Yatradham Vikas Board and Devsthan Gauseva Authority here. Minister of state for home and gauseva Haren Pandya, chairman of Gujarat Yatradham Vikas Board Pravin Kotak, its vice-chairman Bhupendra Khatri and chief secretary G Subba Rao were present on the occasion.
Patel underlined the need for the development of the pilgrim centres by maintaining the sanctity and providing modern infrastructure facilities to the pilgrims. He said that preservation of sanctity at the pilgrim centres would strengthen the confidence of the people in religion. In the first phase, six pilgrim centres of Dwarka, Dakor, Ambaji, Palitana, Girnar and Somnath are being developed.
The meeting decided to make financial provision for the development of pilgrim centres from industry, voluntary religious trusts and philanthropists. In order to maintain the sanctity of the pilgrim places, the meeting decided to impose a ban on non-vegetarian food in the surrounding areas. It was decided to mobilise Rs 81 crore by March 2003 for the comprehensive development of ten pilgrim centres.
The meeting approved in principle the tour package to the pilgrim places for senior citizens and the salaries of pujaris presented by Haren Pandya.

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AMARGADH::::Micro-centre opened at Amargadh T B hospital Saturday, July 21, 2001

THE TIMES OF INDIA NEWS SERVICE
AMARGADH: Shri K J Mehta T B Hospital has collaborated with the state government in eradicating TB and raising the societal health status.
This was stated by health and industry minister Sureshchandra Mehta while inaugurating the designated micro centre (DMC) there. It will play an important role in treating TB patients as per the latest WHO guideline, he added.
Minister of youth and culture Mahendra Trivedi praised the selfless work and administrative skill of trustees and the dedicated staff for giving new lease of life to lakhs of poor patients. He said healthy lifestyle by avoiding vices could help in the fight against TB.
Shri K J Mehta TB Hospital is the state's largest charitable hospital having 747 beds. Daily 150 patients from Gujarat and neighbouring states are examined thoroughly in its OPD. Since its establishment in 1945 it had nearly 1.25 lakh in-patients and nearly 11 lakh in the OPD. And 90 per cent of the patients come from rural areas.
Medical superintendent R M Thakker gave an account of the range of work at the hospital. Hospital president Duleraibhai Mehta focused on activities and progress of the institution. The management has planned to build an emergency wing for which Kapoor Bansal of Bhavnagar declared a donation of Rs. 5.5 lakh. Mr Vajubhai Vora of Mumbai donated Rs. 51,000 for repairing the damaged portion of Unit I.
Trustee S B Trivedi, former-sheriff of Mumbai Mohan Patel, Dalsukhbhai Patel and GIDC chairman Purushotambhai Rupala addressed the audience.
The foundation stone for a new colony for the Class IV employees was laid by the minister. Honorary secretary Chandubhai Dani also spoke.
Trustee Harshad Bhutta, Mohan Patel, Arvind Zaveri, Chunilal Jani, Vajubhai Vora and Gajanand came from Mumbai.

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