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June 11, 2001 - June 11, 2001

All time hit: Toppers aspire to be doctors and engineers Monday, June 11, 2001

AsianAge
Vadodara, Ahmedabad, June 10: For the toppers in the SSCE from Vadodara, science stream seems better option than the commerce. Almost all the toppers in the city said that they would like to build their career either in medicine or in computer science.

Most of the students showed their inclination towards the science subjects and at the same time they said that they would take firm decision only after completing higher secondary examination. Those who are ranked among the toppers said that they would either choose medicine or engineering. However, many were confused about the specialisation in different streams.

Also, the students said that the quality of the reading is important than the quantity.
Arpita Madhusudan Shah and Chaitanya Kiritbhai Patel both enjoyed the top position in the district and third in the state secured 96.43 per cent.

While Arpita intends to become a heart specialist and serve for the heart patients Chaitanya has decided to take a different path. Son of a farmer in Bhavnagar district Chaitanya said that he would like to become a nuclear scientist and serve for the nation.

Not surprisingly, most of the students believed that personal tuitions have become necessity as they were given personal attention and something more than the school curriculum. Arpita Shah said that she used to study at least five hours everyday through out the year.

She said, “After preliminary exams I had started solving question papers which helped me a lot. I was sure that if I read with full concentration I would have been able to score well.”
Chaitanya too agreed that quality reading is important than spending hours with books.

He said, “I always believed that just holding books for 14 hours would not make any difference. I used to study for four hours a day but during that time I used to forget everything.”

Similarly, Margi Modi who scored 95.86 per cent in the exam said that she used to study only two hours during the whole year. She said, “my parents at times used to worry for me as I used to do take part in all activities even a day before the exam. But I had a confidence in my capabilities and in the end I could score high percentage.”

Margi has decided to become a doctor and she believes that if the student is sincere towards studied there is no need to go even for personal tuitions. Urvashi Limbachiya, whose father is working with the Vadodara office of the government information bureau, stood eighth in the state. She said that it was her parents’ trust in her talent, which made her score well.

She said, “I had started working right from the day one of the SSC, so in the end I was tension free and I could score well.” Meanwhile, it was a day of jubilation for all the thirty-one candidates who ranked in the SSCE merit list for Ahmedabad.

For Chirag Patel of Diwan Ballubhai Madhyamik Shala, who ranked second in the state with 96.71 per cent, it was a dream come true. “I had dreamt to make it big, and scoring in SSCE is just one step towards success,” said the aspiring urologist.

Patel never studied for more than four hours daily, and school to him, had been a place to freshen up after tiring SSCE preperations at home. “I never studied just to score marks, for me what mattered was knowledge,” he remarked. He was careful enough not to sacrifice his health either, and therefore, did not give up chess.

Like most of their counterparts in Vadodara, students of Ahmedbad too disclosed their plans to take up medical or engineering in future. Be it Sixth ranker in the state Krupa Vyas of Sharda Mandir Vinay Mandir, city merit holder Aashay Patel, fifth ranker in the city Devangi Munshi, or ninth position holder in the city Parita Pandya, almost everyone want to opt for medicine.

10th position holder in Ahmedabad Mital Shah however begs to be different and would rather opt for an unconventional and challenging Indian Air Force.

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


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Record 68.91% pass SSCE Monday, June 11, 2001

AsianAge
Vadodara and Ahmedabad, June 10: The Gujarat Secondary Education Board on Sunday declared the results of the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination held earlier in April-May 2001. The percentage of pass out candidates, which stands at 68.91 per cent, has been the highest in last 14 years.

As many as 40 candidates have obtained a place in the state merit list. Ravish Patel of Smt I.N. Tekarawala High School, Surat, surpassed 6,41,769 candidates to top the state by scoring 97 per cent.

Ahmedbad’s Chirag Patel from Diwan Ballubhai Madhyamik Shala missed the first position by two marks scoring 96.71 per cent. The state list consists of four other candidates from Surat, 14 from Vadodara and five from Ahmedabad.

Vadodara district education office called the process “Pariksha Parinam Mahotsav 2001” and burst the crackers to celebrate the occasion. GSEB chairman P.V. Trivedi said that in spite of facing the natural calamity of earthquake, the board could meet the deadline.

He said that though exams were delayed for 21 days due to the earthquake, the results were declared 10 days ahead of the schedule in comparison to the last year. Mr Trivedi said, “Of the 6,41,770 candidates, who appeared in SSCE across 429 centres of the state, 4,42,230 could successfully clear the examination.

About 324 cases of malpractices were detected during the examination. Success rate at the Bhesan centre was the highest with 93.70 per cent, while Ranavav could manage a mere 29.22 per cent.”

Ahmedabad, which falls under A group (based on geographical consideration), did well in the SSCE exams – Kankaria topped the list with 92.61 per cent, followed by Naranpura with 83.90 per cent, Shahibaug with 83.89 per cent and Ellis Bridge centre with 81.7 per cent success. Gomtipur ranked last in the list with 50.19 per cent result.

As many as 53,42,200 candidates accessed the IceNet-created internet site soon after the results were declared open by Mr Trivedi. Answering to queries on leakage of results prior to official announcements, he said, “SSCE is one of the oldest examinations ever to be conducted, and one can very well speculate the results.”

He, however, had no answers to how several people could manage their marksheets beforehand. “It is an allegation and if at all there are some elements indulging in malpractices, GSEB will ensure that they are stopped.”

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Class 11 admissions to begin from today Monday, June 11, 2001

Ahmedabad, June 10: The District Education Office will kick off admission to standard 11 (science) from Monday. As many as 12,528 seats in schools offering courses in science will be open to the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination passout candidates.

In the wake of 68.91 SSCE success result, the DEO announced that about nine new schools would begin functioning from the forthcoming academic session. A press release issued by the DEO (Ahmedabad City) S.B. Mandlik on Sunday gave out relevant information to the students seeing admission to science stream in standard 11th across various schools in Ahmedabad.

“94 schools in the city and rural areas of Ahmedabad are offering education in Gujarati language, while 31 offer courses in English. About 9,360 students can be accommodated in the Gujarati schools while 2,592 can be admitted to English medium schools,” the release informed.

“About 10,932 students were admitted in schools offering courses in science during the last academic session, and 939 seats were left vacant,” the release stated. All admission related queries of students would be attended to by counselors at the N.P. Thakkar HS, Paldi between 12 noon and 4 p.m. beginning Monday to June 25, Mandlik informed.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Chief minister backs trade centre at Surat Monday, June 11, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 10: Chief minister Keshubhai Patel on Sunday expressed the state government’s commitment to allot appropriate land for the construction of a model trade centre at Surat. Mr Patel highlighted the state’s commitment to provide building with modern infrastructure facilities for the Surat airport and railway facilities for till Hazira-Dahej ports.

The chief minister was speaking at the 60th annual meeting of The Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries where officer bearers for the year 2001 took charge. He said the Gujarat Railway Construction Company will construct special purpose vehicles for creating railway infrastructure facilities at the Hazira and Dahej ports.

He said the state government has undertaken modernisation work on the Surat airport, which is under its authority and the development of the runway development, and construction of modern building will commence in this year itself. He said the cooperation of the Centre would be sought for the purpose.

Mr Patel spoke of the glorious past when Surat had established itself as a commercial port and said it has the potential of ushering in prosperity once again. Admitting that there has been a
delay in setting up the Surat Trade Centre he said the state government has gone ahead with the procedure and the proposal for allocating land will be taken up for discussion at the Cabinet meeting.

Mr Patel however, said the decision to allocate land for the trade centre in Surat has already been taken by the state government in principle. Speaking on the occasion, union textiles minister Kashiram Rana emphasised the need for inducting new technology and sophisticated machinery in the textile industry and said that age old machinery and old technology has no place in this era of globalisation.

He said the textile industry should take advantage of the upgradation fund formed by the Centre for the purpose. Water supply minister Narottam Patel, minister of state for law Hemant Chapparwala, MP Savita Sharda and several MLA’s remained present on the occasion.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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Jaitley keen to make Lok Adalat a success Monday, June 11, 2001

AsianAge
Ahmedabad, June 10: Union minister for law and company affairs Arun Jaitley has expressed government’s keenness to bring about changes in the provisions related to public services, in the public interest, to expedite judicial procedures.

Mr Jaitley was speaking at the inaugural function of the Lok Adalat for financial disputes inaugurated by governor Sundar Singh Bhandari at the Gujarat Law Society here on Sunday.

Mr Bhandari wished all success to the DRT Lok Adalat set up jointly by the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority and the Debt Recovery Tribunal and said there is a notable rise in the number of criminal and civil courts.

He said there has been an ostensible delay in dispensing justice in unyielding cases and there is a lot of dissatisfaction among people due to judicial delay. The governor said the experiment of dispensing justice through mediation by conciliators on the basis of mutual understanding through the Lok Adalats is highly admirable.

He suggested that the Lok Adalat experiment should be put in practice n Turn to Page 11
to bring about a compromise for any disputes in the societies and praised the role of the Gujarat State Legal Services Authority for making the experiment of setting up lok adalats a big success.

Speaking on the occasion, union minister for law and company affairs Arun Jaitley emphasised the need of the promptness in delivery of justice and said the Centre is also keen on finding conciliatory but legal solutions in cases related to the public utility services in public interest.

Mr Jaitley indicated that the Centre is eager to amend the public services commission act in public interest. He said that the suggestions given by the lok adalat for the purpose of resolving legal disputes concerning public service would be taken into serious consideration while making amendments in the provisions for the public utility sector.

In his address on the occasion, Supreme Court judge M.B. Shah said that the lok adalat is a social service in a true sense and called for encouragement of benevolent services by legal experts at lok adalats.

He suggested that banks and financial institutes should give a true picture of their accounts at the time of disputes for the purpose of expeditious solution of legal cases. Chief judge of the Gujarat high court D.M. Dharmadhikari said mutual understanding is the only course for finding solutions in cases of financial disputes.

Leading nationalised banks such as Bank of India, Dena Bank, Central Bank of India, State Bank of India, State Bank of Saurashtra and Bank of Baroda besides more than 358 creditors and guarantors will participate in the lok adalat.

News Source : The AsianAge Ahmedabad Edition [ The coolest Newspaper for city ]


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